MEP to lead debate on building a roadmap for UK plant science

Anthea McIntyre MEP is to lead a debate on building a roadmap for UK plant science at the UK Plantsci 2015 conference that opens tomorrrow (14th April) at Harper Adams University in Shropshire.

McIntyre who serves on the Agriculture Committee and wrote a report on "The future of Europe's horticulture sector – strategies for growth", which was adopted by the European Parliament in 2014, will be joined by Simon Leather, Harper Adams University, Rick Mumford of the Food and Environment Research Agency, Huw Jones of Rothamsted Research and Elizabeth Warham from the UK Trade and Investment Agri-Tech Investment Organisation.

The panel, which takes place on Wednesday, will discuss how to inspire a new generation of plant scientists and ensure that education and training meets the needs of industry and employers, how to enable effective translation of plant science research into applications, how to facilitate the creation of regulatory frameworks that are evidence- and risk-based, transparent and enabling of innovation and how to increase investment in plant science and create a stable funding strategy in the long term.

Plant scientists at the event will also be discussing the latest advances in research and policymaking including: the widening UK trade gap; the effect of purple tomatoes on cardiovascular disease; harnessing biofuels for climate change mitigation; and radioactive plants.

For more details see the conference website: http://plantsci2015.org.uk/


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