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Young Innovator’s Forum: NIAB CUF Potato Agronomy visit to Innovation Farm

When Jun 20, 2017
from 01:30 PM to 03:30 PM
Where NIAB, Park Farm, Villa Road, Histon, Cambridge, CB24 9NZ
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Latest opportunity for the Young Innovator's Forum: we will be going to NIAB’s Innovation Farm.

We’ll be taking a look round some of the trials going on at Innovation Farm in conjunction with the Potato Agronomy Unit (see more below) member open day. You’ll be able to see some of their field work, particularly in the area of potato agronomy, and meet some of the farmers making use of the research that comes out of NIAB. This is a great opportunity to see how science can directly benefit growers and producers.

NIAB (National Institute of Agricultural Botany) conducts a whole range of applied research for agriculture and horticulture. This includes wheat breeding and variety trails right through to managing and reducing agriculture waste.

With over 90 years experience in the agricultural and food sectors, NIAB has an internationally recognised reputation for independence, innovation and integrity. Traditional activities have always focused on science-led plant variety and seeds characterisation, evaluation, quality control and knowledge transfer.

Contact ml745@cam.ac.uk to find out more and book your place. We will organise transport.

Tour will take place 1.30pm-3.30pm.

Find out more about the Young Innovator’s Forum and previous events:http://www.agritech-east.co.uk/yif/ 

The Agronomy Research Group at NIAB CUF promotes the interchange of scientific research and field practice for innovative, sound commercial production of potatoes.

The research is based on greater understanding of:

  • Growth, development and health of the potato plant.
  • Yield and marketable yield improvements.
  • Yield modelling and prediction.
  • The formation and growth of tubers, especially in relation to size, skin physiology and dry-matter content.
  • Nutrient and water requirements.
  • Soil management and cultivations.
  • The influence of storage conditions on tuber physiology and disease ingress.
  • Seed production systems.
  • Variety-specific agronomy.
  • Management of pests and diseases.