CHAP has four mobile laboratories located at Newcastle University (x2), Stockbridge Technology Centre, near Selby and AHDB at Sutton Bridge.
These trailers and their on board laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment are available to use by farmers, growers, agronomists, agrichemical companies who want to find solutions to specific crop health problems. This will enable them to make quick decisions about the best actions to take to deal with these challenges.
This could include chemical resistance testing to weeds (eg: black grass), funghi (eg: Septoria) and pests (eg: cabbage stem flea beetle) or general tests on soil health to discover what needs to be done to improve fertilisation and crop yield. CHAP scientists will work with the grower to determine the best course of action, based on the information gathered from the tests, to maximise crop yields and profits.
The trailers also provide a unique platform for biochemical companies to perform their own testing and validation protocols in-field, which will accelerate product development and the process of securing regulatory approval.