News & Blogs - April 2017

Yara ImageIT is a smartphone app designed to measure nitrogen uptake in a crop and generate a nitrogen recommendation based on photographs of the crop. ImageIT calculates nitrogen uptake based on leaf cover, leaf green color and estimated fraction of...
e-Agriculture~Friday, 28 April, 2017 - 13:49    
Highlights from the reports include: Dairy Farming in England Average Farm Business Income (FBI) on conventional dairy farms in 2015/16 was £283/ha (£41,318 per farm), whilst on organic farms average FBI was £458/ha (£61,830...
Rural Business Research~Friday, 28 April, 2017 - 13:30    
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Gro Intelligence~Friday, 28 April, 2017 - 11:16    
Blight.ahdb.org.uk will allow industry experts to report blight outbreaks more efficiently than ever before. Late blight, caused by the pathogen Phytophthora infestans, remains the single most important disease for the British potato trade. Spreading...
AHDB Potatoes~Friday, 28 April, 2017 - 10:49    
The interactions of vector–virus–plant have important ecological and evolutionary implications. While the tripartite interactions have received some attention, little is known about whether vector infestation affects subsequent viral tran...
Ping Li et al, New Phytologist~Friday, 28 April, 2017 - 08:58    
The days of labour intensive industrial food preparation could be numbered with the launch of an Innovate UK project focused on robotics in food manufacturing. OAL (Olympus Automation Ltd.) and the University of Lincoln, UK, have been awarded £...
Olympus Automation Ltd (OAL)~Friday, 28 April, 2017 - 07:28    
Editor's Summary Triticeae grasses, which include barley, wheat and rye, are widely cultivated plants with particularly complex genomes and evolutionary histories. Sequencing of the barley genome has been particularly challenging owing to its large s...
Martin Mascher et al in Nature~Friday, 28 April, 2017 - 06:24    
This recent research article in Science has received a decent amount of attention for good reason given the possible impact it could have on crop productivity through increasing photosynthetic efficiency. However, the approach to increasing efficienc...
Legume Laboratory~Friday, 28 April, 2017 - 06:09    
Researchers are developing drones that could detect plant disease before any visible signs show, allowing farmers to stop infections in their tracks.  Disease can negatively impact plant health before any visible signs like leaf discolouration s...
Imperial College, London~Thursday, 27 April, 2017 - 16:00    
This insight paper reviews the broad topic of environmental valuation from the perspective of a practising valuer, land manager or estate manager. This paper approaches the field of economic valuation of the environment from a professional valuation...
Charles Cowap for the RICS~Thursday, 27 April, 2017 - 14:51    
Terrestrial molluscs are some of the most important herbivores in temperate habitats. They tend to be generalists and can be serious pests in agricultural fields, particularly no-till fields used for field and forage crops; however, farmers have acce...
Le Gall and Tooker, Journal of Pest Science~Thursday, 27 April, 2017 - 10:38    
The particle size used in pesticide formulations has a large impact on their solubility in environment-friendly solvents. Therefore, particle size analysis should play an important role in developing pesticides that are not highly toxic towards their...
AgroNews~Thursday, 27 April, 2017 - 09:44    
Synthetic food (SF) is being touted as a revolution in food production that could replace animal products. While the industry is more bark than bite at the moment, it’s rapidly gaining awareness and attracting significant funding by being portr...
Richard Fowler, 2016 New Zealand Nuffield Scholarship Report~Thursday, 27 April, 2017 - 09:14    
The NFU is launching a new, improved education roadshow - the Discovery Barn - to enthuse children to learn about agriculture and where their food comes from. NFU Vice President Guy Smith said: “After inspiring thousands of children with positi...
NFU~Wednesday, 26 April, 2017 - 15:54    
Part 2: Mechanisms and considerations to make a lasting behaviour change Multi-actor social learning is highly successful in agricultural KE, to allow the integration of local and academic knowledge. To make a lasting behaviour change, we need to rea...
Dr Ruth Wonfor: IBERS, Aberystwyth University for Farming Connect~Wednesday, 26 April, 2017 - 14:13    
Part 1: Utilising an understanding of perceptions, attitudes and motivations to instigate a lasting behaviour change Knowledge exchange in agriculture must be a two way flow of knowledge encompassing both local, on the ground knowledge with academic...
Dr Ruth Wonfor: IBERS, Aberystwyth University for Farming Connect~Wednesday, 26 April, 2017 - 14:06    
Foods should be investigated as a potential source of spread of Clostridium difficile, according to research presented at the 27th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) (ScienceDaily) Clostridium difficile (C. di...
ScienceDaily~Wednesday, 26 April, 2017 - 10:47    
In the quest for less contaminating fertilizing strategies, a study has explored the use of ammonium-based fertilizers, less widely used than the nitrate for fertilizing owing to the reduced growth displayed by the plants. The comparison between thes...
ScienceDaily~Wednesday, 26 April, 2017 - 10:23    
For an efficient, low-input forage-based milk production system, you need to have a cow that can consume large quantities of forage per unit bodyweight, efficiently convert this forage into milk, become pregnant within a defined breeding season, and...
Agricolgy and the SOLID project~Wednesday, 26 April, 2017 - 09:18    
For years, biochar has been promoted as a soil additive to increase crop yields. A new study casts doubt on that view, finding that biochar only improves crop growth in the tropics, with no yield benefit at all in the temperate zone. (Harper Adams Un...
Harper Adams University~Wednesday, 26 April, 2017 - 08:34