EMR unveils five-year strategy following major review

East Malling Research (EMR) has published an ambitious five-year strategy, which chief executive Professor Peter Gregory presented to farming minister Jim Paice at Fruit Focus.

The strategy calls for EMR to become "the UK's pre- eminent provider of high-quality strategic and applied research for the horticulture industry", and follows a year-long review of how the Kent-based organisation could contribute to productivity and food security.

But Gregory cautioned: "Without Government and industry support, there is a concern that this may not be sustainable, and it is imperative that we win ongoing and future national funding bids."

Will Sibley, chairman of East Malling Trust, which part-funds EMR's research, added: "For research institutions such as EMR to fulfil their potential, it is imperative that there is a national framework for funding applied and strategic horticultural research."

Specialist areas of the strategy include work on diploid strawberry breeding and analysis of the action of pests and diseases.

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