May 05, 2016
from 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM
|Where||Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University, Bateman Street, Cambridge, CB2 1LR|
|Contact Name||Keith Virgo|
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This seminar is organised by the TAA East Anglia Branch, the Centre for Global Equality (CGE), CambPlants Hub and the University of Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative in Global Food Security (GFSI).
Agri-Tech – innovative agricultural technical developments to increase sustainable crop production, through data-driven precision agriculture and genetic plant protection techniques, with emphasis on cropping in East Africa and the ultimate relevance of the techniques to small farmers.
(i) Dr Stephanie Race, CropPerformance Ltd, Cambridge
‘Sustainable Perennial Crop Production in the Tropics:understanding yield variation under a changing climate’.
This will cover innovative approaches to satellite remote sensing data acquisition, crop modelling and analytics to inform practices that increase yield and quality, with a focus on tea production in Kenya,
(ii) Prof Sir David Baulcombe, Department of Plant Sciences, Cambridge
‘Biotechnology to control disease in African crops’.
Prof Baulcombe will describe how molecular biology and genomics has revolutionised understanding of disease resistance in plants and led to the development of new strategies for robust strategies for crop protection. The examples given involve wheat, maize and rice but they could be extended to other crops.
There will be a Panel Discussion, including the speakers and invited panellists for participants’ questions and discussion.
14.15 Introduction by Keith Virgo (TAA)
14.20 Introductions by CGE, CambPlants Hub and GFSI,
14.30 Presentation 1. by Dr Stephanie Race
15.15 Questions/ Discussion
15.25 Presentation 2. by Prof Sir David Baulcombe
16.10 Questions/ Discussion
16.50 Panel discussion
17.30 Tea/coffee/snacks and networking
To reserve a place at the seminar, please click on Eventbrite link to reserve your place. Free entry but we suggest a donation of £5.00 per head to the TAA's Tropical Agriculture Award Fund.