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Innovations in Agri-tech (Cambridge)

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).
When May 05, 2016
from 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University, Bateman Street, Cambridge, CB2 1LR
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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 RaceCropPerformance 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 BaulcombeDepartment 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. 


Proposed Programme:

14.00     Tea/Coffee

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

16.20     Tea/Coffee

16.50     Panel discussion

17.30     Tea/coffee/snacks and networking

18.00     Close


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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.

Contact Keith Virgo for more details.


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