NIAB announced as CHAP Partner

NIAB, one of the UK’s fastest growing crop science organisations, has been announced as the newest partner in the CHAP network.

NIAB’s rapidly expanding research capabilities in plant genetics, agronomy, farming systems and data science, coupled with its national field trials capability, and strong research links with industry, Government and academia make it a perfect addition to CHAP’s growing partner network.

NIAB will host CHAP’s Molecular Diagnostics capability at its Cambridge site, for use by researchers in both commercial and academic organisations.

It will work on DNA/RNA sequencing using our Illumina MiSeq and Qiagen pyrosequencer. A 384-well capacity quantitative PCR machine will allow medium to high-throughput genetic analysis of samples, while the high-resolution Qiagen capillary electrophoresis machine will enable NIAB scientists to identify minute mutations and/or alterations to genetic material. In addition, the laboratory will offer high-throughput measurement of absorbance, luminescence and fluorescence profiles of samples in its Molecular Devices SpectraMax i3x plate reader.

CHAP CEO, Fraser Black said: “We are delighted to welcome NIAB as a category B partner of CHAP, with their expertise coupled to the extensive Molecular Diagnostic capability. We are looking forward to working together to promote and develop agri-tech innovation across the sector that will drive impact.”

Dr. Tina Barsby CEO of NIAB said “NIAB is pleased to be hosting the molecular diagnostic capabilities which will complement our existing offer to the industry, and provide the Partners with the necessary commercial facility to deliver the requirements of our shared goals in driving forward sustainable, productive agriculture.’’

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