Potato Agronomy Unit to merge with crop research body NIAB

The Potato Agronomy Unit at the Cambridge University Farm (CUF) will become part of Cambridge-based crop research body NIAB - a move which both parties say will strengthen its research effort.

David Firman - image:HW
David Firman - image:HW

CUF head of agronomy David Firman said: "Over three decades, Cambridge University Farm has secured a hard-earned reputation for excellence in potato research, advancing and transferring knowledge in key areas such as soil management, input use, varietal selection and new product development.

"This essential work will continue, while access to NIAB’s genetic research, rotational agronomy and national trialling capabilities opens up new opportunities to address issues such as climate resilience, water use, nutrient management and carbon release."

NIAB chief executive Dr Tina Barsby said: "Over the past five years NIAB has undergone a major programme of re-structuring and investment to create a national crop research and innovation centre with a unique focus on re-connecting the science base and practical agriculture.

"The integration of the CUF Potato Agronomy Unit as part of an expanding NIAB operation reinforces our commitment to supporting improved crop production, with a presence at all levels within the sector and focused on the needs of progressive farmers and their customers."

The terms of the transfer envisage a five-year transitional period to relocate the unit to the NIAB site. In the meantime, it will continue to operate from its existing office and laboratory, and all current CUF staff will be retained.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

How will the fresh-produce growing season pan out with less labour?

How will the fresh-produce growing season pan out with less labour?

The new fresh-produce season is around the corner and Brexit just over a year away, yet the Government has still given no indication that it will enable seasonal workers to come to the UK in the volumes the sector requires, either in this season or any other.

What recent developments can help growers fight orchard pests and diseases?

What recent developments can help growers fight orchard pests and diseases?

Last week's British Independent Fruit Growers Association Technical Day (31 January), heard about the latest research in orchard pests and diseases and how to deal with them.

Is a move away from plastic produce packaging now inevitable?

Is a move away from plastic produce packaging now inevitable?

A tipping point has been reached in the attitude of retailers and the Government to waste plastic which is likely to affect suppliers' future packaging options.