Food security news
Seven scientific teams from the co-located John Innes Centre (JIC), The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) and The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), have joined forces in the fight against rust fungi which can cut crop yields by up to 80%. The newly formed Norwich Rust Group aims to develop durable resistance in crops.
Researchers at Lancaster University are using X-rays to help farmers increase yields and cut water pollution following an unexpected discovery in a pea and bean crop. Plant and soil scientists hope to combine two new technologies to provide a rapid "same day" measurement of soil phosphorus availability, enabling farmers and growers to make more informed decisions about fertiliser application.
Professor Michael Lee, an expert in ruminant nutrition, will be Head of Site at North Wyke, Rothamsted Research’s site for grassland systems research. The new Head of Site is a joint appointment between Rothamsted Research and the University of Bristol to provide overall strategic and scientific leadership for the research undertaken at Rothamsted Research’s North Wyke site.