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Horticulture and Potato Initiative (HAPI)

The Horticulture and Potato Initiative (HAPI) is part of BBSRC’s strategy to drive innovation in bioscience to meet the global food security challenge. HAPI connects academic and industrial partners to support the translation of pre-competitive research and meet the challenges faced by the horticultural and potato sectors.

HAPI is managed by BBSRC in partnership with Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Scottish Government, and leading businesses from the fresh produce sector, with support from HAPI coordinators, the Horticulture Innovation Partnership (HIP).

Our initiative is delivering excellent research with direct relevance to industry. Research users from across the supply chain, including breeders, growers and processors, were involved in determining the scope of the HAPI funding calls. In total, 33 companies are directly involved with HAPI and they have contributed more than £800,000.

We have invested £9 million in 10 collaborative projects, and five PhD studentships at 16 research organisations through two HAPI calls, with contributions from the Scottish Government and NERC.

HAPI has fostered three Knowledge Exchange (KE) Fellowships. The fellows are facilitating the translation of research into solutions for industry, and connecting industrial challenges with research opportunities.

Research challenges

HAPI responds to two broad research themes which have been identified through consultation with the industry:

  • The rising demand for food from a growing global population
  • Environmental change.

Within the themes, researchers are working to overcome six challenges affecting the fresh produce sector:

  • Changing seasons
  • Crop maturity and post-harvest quality
  • Soil health
  • Crop protection
  • Seed quality and vigour
  • Resource use efficiency.

External contact

Horticulture Innovation Partnership, HAPI Coordinators