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Adopting fruit-wall orchards instead of traditional orchard systems, could make mechanising pruning of apple trees easier for growers and help reduce costs, latest AHDB Horticulture research finds. Uncertainties about the fruit industry’s abili...
AHDB Horticulture~Friday, 17 February, 2017 - 12:22    
Morrisons is starting a search for the best local food producers, as a new report calls for the UK to be more self-sufficient in food production and new consumer research shows a growing appetite from British shoppers for more local food. ‘The...
Professor Tim Benton, Morrisons via Farming Online~Friday, 17 February, 2017 - 08:47    
Many consider it one of the most important questions facing the world today: How to feed the nine billion people expected to populate the planet by 2050? Answer: Eliminate sex from agriculture (Crops anyway! Ed). That’s the vision of Tim Sharbe...
Mark Halsall, Germination~Friday, 17 February, 2017 - 07:25    
Growers are better equipped than before to deal with outbreaks of diamondback moth (DBM), as baselines for their susceptibility to chemical control have now been identified. But the UK industry is warned to expect large numbers of the pests in future...
AHDB Horticulture~Friday, 17 February, 2017 - 07:10    
Some of the world’s biggest businesses and public sector organisations are using their influence to drive sustainability improvements throughout their supply chains. The CDP Global Supply Chain Report 2017, written by the Carbon Trust and BSR,...
Carbon Trust~Thursday, 16 February, 2017 - 15:07    
  Over many thousands of years, farmers have bred maize varieties so the crops are optimally adapted to local environments. A new study analyzed close to 4,500 maize varieties – called landraces – bred and grown by farmers from...
Krishna Ramanujan, Cornell Chronicle~Thursday, 16 February, 2017 - 11:36    
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) runs a network of Arable Business Groups across the country, enabling farmers from the same area to benchmark the economic performance of their cropping against each other, and against regiona...
Chris Stoate, Allerton Project Research Blog, GWCT~Thursday, 16 February, 2017 - 11:10    
The transition from gestation to lactation is marked by significant physiological changes for the individual cow such that disease incidence is highest in early lactation. Around the time of calving, cows rely on mobilisation of body energy reserves...
GL Smith, SRUC et al in Animal~Thursday, 16 February, 2017 - 10:32    
It’s 10 months into my role at the National Land Based College (NLBC) and it’s a good moment to give an update on progress and next steps… In January Luke Harmer joined NLBC as our NLBC Digital Manager, which, alongside Jo Cummins...
Leigh Morris, NLBC~Thursday, 16 February, 2017 - 09:59    
In a 47,300-square-foot facility near Kyoto, SPREAD, an agriculture technology company, is creating a massive, automated, indoor "vertical farm"—and the special ingredient is the use of robots. The goal: to produce 30,000 heads of lettuce a day...
HortiBiz~Wednesday, 15 February, 2017 - 10:05    
Tim Lang is a professor of food policy at City, University of London and a trustee of Borough Market. His new book, Sustainable Diets, is out in March. What food issues should we be most concerned about over the next decade? Unless we—the Briti...
Borough Market website~Wednesday, 15 February, 2017 - 08:13    
Jeremy Oatey hosted this year’s Cornish Potato Day at his Hay Farm Dairy, Torpoint, as local growers, agronomists and other industry influencers met to see the latest research and developments from AHDB Potatoes. Manipulating Tuber Number and S...
AHDB Potatoes~Wednesday, 15 February, 2017 - 07:31    
Summary We recommend ‘rural devolution deals’ in which central government sets ‘minimum obligations’ which local areas with a substantial rural component must meet. These should relate to food production and sustainability; en...
IPPR North~Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 - 15:53    
'Relationships' in the soil become stronger during the process of nature restoration. Although all major groups of soil life are already present in former agricultural soils, they are not really 'connected' at first. These connections need time to (...
ScienceDaily~Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 - 11:27    
Research carried out at IBERS has led to the development of new and improved varieties of oats that can reduce heart disease and have produced benefits for the UK economy. The research is led by Professor Athole Marshall, Head of the Oat Breeding Pro...
IBERS, University of Aberystwyth~Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 - 10:54    
City & Guilds has updated its Safe Use of Veterinary Medicines Certificate of Competence to reflect the growing awareness around the UK livestock sector of the need to respond to the antibiotic challenge. This qualification, which is open to anyb...
City & Guilds via National Pig Association~Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 - 10:09    
At the University of Georgia, a team of researchers is developing a robotic system of all-terrain rovers and unmanned aerial drones that can more quickly and accurately gather and analyze data on the physical characteristics of crops, including their...
ScienceDaily~Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 - 09:20    
Open source movement seeds could become a critical topic for those advocating a vision for a regenerative, more distributed food system with greater resilience designed in. (ShutterstockMahlebashieva) Frank Morton has been breeding lettuce since the...
Rachel Cernansky in GreenBiz~Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 - 08:45    
Although seed vigor is a complex physiological trait controlled by quantitative trait loci, technological advances in the laboratory are being translated into applications for enhancing seed vigor in crop plants. In this article, we summarize and dis...
Xiaolin Wu, Henan Agricultural University, China et al in Frontiers in Plant Science~Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 - 07:23    
A Swedish-German team of researchers has cleared up a key process for the artificial production of silk. With the help of intense X-rays from DESY's research light source PETRA III, the scientists watched how small protein pieces, called nanofibrils,...
DESY~Monday, 13 February, 2017 - 16:46