Our domestic and international priorities are:
A ‘virtual’ centre for applied crop science focused on:
- Real-time decision support tool (SMART) to provide local information on the prevalence and extent of crop pest and disease pressure during the growing season initially in wheat, oilseed rape, barley and potatoes, and to give early warning of emerging pesticide resistance.
- Development of automated collection systems, diagnosis and knowledge dissemination.
- Extend existing databases of plant pathogenic fungi, bacteria, weeds and insect pests to create a national reference resource to support capability of SMART and other decision support tools and models
- State of the art soil health facility to investigate interactions of soil conditions, crops, water and biotic sites with the unique capability to stimulate the whole cropping cycle from tillage to post harvest.
- Biotic factors; both threats and beneficial and bioprospecting
- Novel control strategies for the development of genotyping, and next generation phenotyping to identify and develop sustainable crop protection strategies.
- GPS Linked precision application equipment for horticulture providing precision till, sow and spray capabilities.
- Lab to field applied research & demonstration facilities including mobile laboratory equipped with portable analytical diagnostic equipment to enable pest, pathogen and disease identification and diagnosis in the field.
- Integrated farming systems
- Independent voice to shape policy
A global agri-tech hub for:
- Food security through supply chain resilience,
- State of the art environmental controlled crop storage research facility for potatoes and other vegetable crops.
- Biopesticide identification and screening to support building a database using the Bruker MALDI Biotyper platform for fast highly accurate and cost efficient microbial identification based on proteomic fingerprinting.
- IT hardware and in-field training to support locally based plant doctors to establish eClinics to educate and advise small producers in Ghana and Malawi providing
- The international commercialization through resilience to the international food supply chain