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BBSRC, Rothamsted Research and John Innes join forces at Cereals 2013

BBSRC, Rothamsted Research and John Innes join forces at Cereals 2013
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This year Rothamsted Research, John Innes Centre and BBSRC are demonstrating the latest scientific developments to increase UK farming productivity at Cereals 2013, focussing on disease resistance, crop adaptation to climate change, managing soils and biodiversity.

The exhibition highlights diseases and disease resistance in barley, wheat and oilseed rape, focussing on current problems and future threats. The exhibition includes plots of cereals and highlights insecticide resistance and fungicide resistance work in relation to climate change, fungal diseases and evolution of resistance.

Wheat adaptation to climate change will also be demonstrated at the "Wheat: Your flexible friend" display and a plot of wheat split into eight blocks of germplasm from different zones, adapted to different climates. It demonstrates how wheat has adapted to different climates and how science will help develop better varieties for expected changes in UK climate over the next 20-50 years.

A plot of brassica plants has also been planted to show diversity in adapting to environmental change. There is a chance to see the benefits of oilseed and brassica margins on-farm biodiversity, and how they can contribute to biocontrol in other crops such as wheat.

Soil is another big theme, from soil chemistry to the interaction between soils and roots; sophisticated digital soil water samplers and new work on nitrogen leaching will be highlighted.

This will be interspersed with bigger messages and future strategies for UK science for farming from BBSRC, the UK's main funder for agriscience.

Cereals is the leading technical event for the arable industry. Find out about the event at: www.cerealsevent.co.uk .

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Notes to editors

Rothamsted Research has been a long standing resident of the Cereals Event. It is an independent scientific research institute and the longest running agricultural research station in the world. Established in 1843, Rothamsted's mission is to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and bioenergy production.

This year it is partnering its sister institute, the John Innes Centre, an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology. Its mission is to generate knowledge of plants and microbes through innovative research, to train scientists for the future, to apply knowledge to benefit agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and engage with policy makers and the public.

These great institutes are strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Sponsored by Government, BBSRC's budget is around £500M per annum and it is the UK's main funding agency for research in the life sciences and the largest single public funder of agriculture and food-related research.

BBSRC will join Rothamsted and the John Innes Centre at the exhibition for the second year running to demonstrate the strength of this UK scientific partnership and how UK science is helping to find solutions to increase farming productivity in a sustainable manner, focussing on disease resistance, crop adaptation to climate change, managing soils and biodiversity.