Challenge The introduction of chemical fertilisers – nitrogen and sulphate – helped farmers increase yields in the 20th Century, but dependence on these is taking its toll on the environment. Nitrogen ... ...read more
Challenge: Agricultural production needs to increase by 60% by 2050 in order to feed the growing global population. Despite this, improvements to crop yields have shown signs of having plateaued, while ... ...read more
Study Title: Improving Soil Health – Using Roots to Bioengineer Soils Challenge: In order to sustainably increase crop yields to feed the growing world population – and considering the challenges ... ...read more
Background: The project set out to take the use of phenotyping into a commercial growing (glasshouse/polytunnel) environment, with the aim of providing the ability for automated crop monitoring at a level ... ...read more
Background: In 2013 neonicotinoids (neonics) were banned from use in agriculture across Europe, largely because of their link to the decline of the honey bee. This means that seeds treated with neonics ... ...read more
Challenge: Tomatoes are produced and consumed all over the world; in 2018, 17.4 million tonnes were grown in Europe alone (European Statistics Handbook, 2019). Due to the high inputs of water and excavated ... ...read more
Challenge: Combating disease in deep-water hydroponic systems is a battle that remains to be won. Root diseases can be caused by a multitude of factors including contaminated water or insufficient aeration ... ...read more
Last year ended on a high for the CHAP team with the UK Agri-Tech centre landing its first international project as part of the Innovate UK Agri-Tech Catalyst Round 8: Agriculture and Food Systems Innovation ... ...read more
One of CABI’s global programmes is Plantwise, a plant clinic network run by trained plant doctors, where farmers can find practical plant health advice. Plant clinics work just like clinics for human ... ...read more
Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) has a remit to champion innovative farming methods to ensure the world’s growing population can eat nutritious affordable food. Controlled environment agriculture is ... ...read more
As a relatively new member to CHAP I have been very impressed with the help and support it offers - it has opened up a wide range of opportunities in terms of project development, resource support and in particular networking which is invaluable for a small business. I have already attended two events and look forward to participating in these projects and future events going forward. A great investment!- John Haywood, Director, Unium Bioscience Ltd.
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