East Malling to share in £1.3m funding on water use in fruit and veg growing

A consortium of Cranfield University, East Malling Research and the universities of East Anglia and Oxford will share funding of £1,292,000 with the aim of increasing resilience to water-related risks in the UK fresh fruit and vegetable system, as part of a strategic national programme.

Image: HW
Image: HW

The project is one of five new interdisciplinary research projects awarded a total of £9m, which will integrate biological, environmental and social sciences in order to increase the resilience of UK food systems in the face of changing weather, emerging diseases, price volatility and other environmental and social shocks.

Science minister Jo Johnson said: "These exciting and innovative solutions will help the UK food industry be better prepared for external factors and help provide food security to millions around the world."

Backed by the UK's Global Food Security Programme, the research is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Scottish Government.

BBSRC chief executive Professor Melanie Welham added: "By working together, BBSRC, ESRC, NERC and the Scottish Government can help to ensure that UK research delivers global benefits for society and the economy."

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