Bayer to partner in CHAP crop health centre's crop protection research

The newly established Centre for Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) has welcomed agro-chemicals giant Bayer as a research partner.

Image: NAFIC
Image: NAFIC

Based at the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus (NAFIC), Sand Hutton, North Yorkshire, CHAP was launched in April this year after securing funding of more than £21m from the Government's Agri-Tech strategy. It is intended to serve as an international centre for innovation in crop protection by bringing together academic institutions and private companies.

Bayer Crop Science head of research and development Dr Adrian Percy said: "We are excited to work as a partner of CHAP with a clear objective of developing solutions which help farmers to meet diverse challenges such as weed and disease resistance, the impact of climate change, and the need to reduce crop losses."

CHAP operating officer Adrian Barraclough added: "The expertise and knowledge that Bayer will bring will not only strengthen what we can offer in crop protection but it will also enhance the development of solutions in global farming."

Other CHAP UK consortium partners include AHDB, Dow AgroSciences, Tesco, Unilever, and research bodies Stockbridge Technology Centre, the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI), ADAS UK, Rothamsted Research, FERA Science, ;Cranfield University, Newcastle University and Warwick University.

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