• The Rise of Machine Learning in Agriculture

    Having grown up on the fairly rural Isle of Wight, and being the son of a butcher, I’ve probably had more exposure to the agricultural world than most ...

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  • Five reasons to run a project in the IHCEA

    Use of controlled environments for crop growth is increasing in the UK. However, we are still way behind countries such as the USA and Japan, which have ...

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  • A Conversation with… Dr William Pelton

    Dr William Pelton is the CEO of Phytoform Labs. He co-founded the company in 2017 with Nicolas Kral, whom he met while studying at Imperial College London. ...

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  • Reflections on the Oxford Farming Conference

    “I attended the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) for the first time in 2018. A fellow 2017 Nuffield Farming Scholar and good friend from Brazil was invited ...

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  • A Conversation with… Dr Belinda Clarke

    Former John Innes Centre scientist Dr Belinda Clarke has been Director at AgritechE since its launch in 2014. Originally trained as a plant scientist, ...

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  • Five reasons plants love aeroponics

    Vertical farming is on the rise. Many people are becoming aware of the potential of indoor and vertical farming. It allows crops to be grown year-round, ...

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  • Responsible Farming Futures: anticipating the consequences of new technologies

    These new technologies include Artificial Intelligence, robotics, drones, gene editing, the Internet of Things, among many others. The interests of ...

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  • Five reasons for putting farmers in the driving seat of agricultural research

    All too often in agricultural research and development, farmers are seen to be just the end users. In fact, only 1% of agricultural research in the UK ...

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  • Accurate localised growing-media moisture data: what can it do for me?

    There’s a lot of talk about “big data” at the moment; the kind of data that is collected by satellites or huge sensor networks, processed in vast ...

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  • A Conversation with… Professor Janet Bainbridge

    As chief executive of the Agricultural Technology Organisation UKTI, and a wide experience of working with Government especially scientific regulatory ...

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  • Sustainability and food security

    A great deal is talked about the need to make farming ‘smarter’: the need to take on new technologies that offer a whole plethora of opportunities. ...

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  • Five ways data and diagnostics capabilities work in crop and farm management

    The major stages in the data and diagnostics pipeline are; data capture, sampling and analysis, machine learning, management and automation. Each of these ...

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  • Five benefits of Vertical Farming

    Vertical farming is a method of growing crops in stacked or vertical layers, leading to a higher yield for a given footprint i.e. it enables farms to produce ...

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  • The Agriculture Bill: Britain leading a new dawn for farming

    A new world of opportunity is dawning for agriculture. The way we farm is about to change forever. We’re on the cusp of a fourth agricultural revolution: ...

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  • Driving Sustainable Agriculture in Tanzania

    I believe the soil is a farm’s bank account and its most valuable asset, yet too often it’s treated with little respect. My company is now working ...

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  • A Conversation with… Emma Kelcher, Elveden Farms Ltd

    Emma Kelcher is one of the new breed of farmers: breaking away from the stereotypical image, she is young and female. We spoke to her to find out what ...

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  • Redressing Consumer Opinion on Agriculture

    I think there is a real sense in which the agricultural industry is allowing others to tell its story and failing to defend itself from their accusations. The ...

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  • What’s in the way? Barriers to the Agri-Food Data Revolution

    Data has revolutionised industries across the board. In manufacturing, maintenance costs have been reduced by 40%, waste by 20% and yields improved by ...

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  • Five things you might not realise can be grown without soil

    Soilless Controlled Environment Agriculture, hydroponics and aeroponics, is expanding its reach beyond the herbs and salad crops it has become synonymous ...

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  • Where Should our Salads Come From?

    At this time of year, when the sun barely seems to rise above the horizon and our attentions are focused on the rich pickings that the festive season can ...

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  • Five great reasons to Save Our Soils

    To mark World Soil Day, Professor Jane Rickson from Cranfield University outlines what we can do to preserve our soils, and how the CHAP Phenotyping and ...

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  • Five new ways to find higher value from crop waste

    Yorkshire and the Humber host a world-class research base in a strongly agricultural region. So it’s perhaps not surprising that the area is full of ...

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  • Riding the Slime Wave with Dr Jenna Ross

    Dr Ross’s report was published by the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust in October. Here she summarises her findings, outlining the crucial need for ...

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  • Tangible results at CHAP Innovation Collaboration Day

    The concept of collaboration beyond its dictionary meaning is a fairly new one for me. Prior to starting my current job, I must admit my mind never dwelled ...

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  • CIPC loss will affect storage and push up potato prices

    Losing CIPC (our mainstay sprout suppressant) at a European and national level will be a huge blow to the potato sector. Nationally, our dead-reckoning ...

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  • Five challenges facing the pesticide industry

    Pesticides are under increasing scrutiny. Richard Maycock examines the challenges facing producers and growers as they battle to protect crops, while still ...

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  • A Conversation with… Charlie Guy, LettusGrow Co-Founder

    What led a group of Bristol University students to decide to set up a food production company while they were in the middle of doing their finals? Read ...

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  • Five reasons why growers should consider using ETFE greenhouses

    CHAP has partnered with RIPE to launch the NLG Centre. Phillip Lee explains why this EFTE-clad greenhouse is an important advance in the field of controlled ...

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  • A Conversation with… Phillip Lee, founder of RIPE

    Phillip Lee is the founder, MD and CEO of Evolve Growing Solutions and RIPE. CHAP finds out what drives him and how he is intending to revolutionise the ...

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  • Entrepreneurship and Change: the importance of start-ups

    Entrepreneur (noun): A person who sets up a business or businesses, taking a financial risk in the hope of profit. Oxford English Dictionary Entrepreneurship ...

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  • Agriculture is part of the solution to the climate crisis

    In September, the National Farmers' Union of England and Wales (NFU) unveiled its vision describing how British farming can reach net zero greenhouse gas ...

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  • Five Great Reasons to Work with Stockbridge Technology Centre

    Situated in the heart of Yorkshire, Stockbridge Technology Centre works to develop the horticultural and agricultural industry through technology transfer ...

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  • Unpicking nutrient circularity in controlled environment agriculture

    Nutrients in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) are combined with water as a fertigation solution, and can be generally described as being either ...

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  • CABI focuses on potential for research opportunities

    Over the past couple of years, the National Reference Collection team at CABI in Egham have done a lot of work into developing a rapid and inexpensive ...

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  • A Conversation with… Zeina Chapman

    Zeina Chapman is a director at Liberty Produce, which is partnering with CHAP to create the Innovation Hub for Controlled Environment Agriculture, within ...

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  • What next for (UK) Urban Agri-Tech?

    The only constant is change. It’s a truism, but the outcomes are profound. For an example, you only need to look at Brexit in the UK. Whatever your political ...

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  • A Conversation with… Dr. Jane Rickson

    How did Professor Jane Rickson become one of the UK's leading soil health experts? Read our interview to find out... How would you describe ...

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  • Five Reasons to Join our Growing Agri-Tech Community

    CHAP membership is available to all, from new start-ups to established organisations. Our mission is to better understand the challenges facing the industry ...

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  • Looking ahead from our new Business Development Manager

    Chris Delf writes “Since joining CHAP on January 7th 2019, I have been completely overwhelmed by the depth of research capabilities that ...

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