Food security news
Research on Broadbalk weed communities has helped to answer the question of how a single plot of land can support up to 20 different weed species. How a small area of ground can support multiple plant species with similar resource requirements is a question that has challenged ecologists for many decades.
BBSRC, NERC and 14 industry partners, have funded five research translation projects with a total value of £1M (FEC) to address challenges to the efficiency, productivity and sustainability of UK farming. Among the projects funded is work to better manage crop disease, to minimise nutrient loss from plants and to set up a knowledge exchange system between UK growers.
Getting agricultural information to smallholder farmers can help improve food security. PhD student Andrew Tock explores.