Food security news
BBSRC is one of many exhibitors at the annual National Farmers Union (NFU) conference in Birmingham. The two day event, 20 and 21 February, is expected to attract thousands of visitors to the Birmingham ICC. The NFU conference is one of the agricultural sector's biggest event, setting the tone for the farming year.
Spraying weeds with chemicals has always been costly. Now it is costly and ineffective, with resistance to herbicides pervasive and demanding a new strategy to protect crops. Herbicides can no longer control the weeds that threaten crop productivity and food security in the UK because the plants have evolved resistance, and future control must depend on management strategies that reduce reliance on chemicals
NIAB EMR, in a joint UK-China research programme, has discovered several strains of the strawberry disease Verticillium wilt (Verticillium dahliae), belonging to two different groups, that act in very different ways. The results are already being used by plant breeders in the development of a new generation of wilt resistant varieties.