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AHDB issues call for new studentship proposals

AHDB issues call for new studentship proposals

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is inviting applications for a slice of £1 million in funding for postgraduate studentships. A call for proposals for up to 15 PhDs has been issued to UK universities, colleges and research institutes as part of AHDB’s work to develop a new tranche of agricultural and horticultural scientific […]

Peas prove a success for Bishop Burton team

Peas prove a success for Bishop Burton team

Bishop Burton College has won the 2016 Cereals Challenge having risen to the challenge of growing the most profitable crop of peas. Last year’s winner’s Easton & Otley College claimed second place and Harper Adams University came third. Teams from Newcastle University, The Royal Agricultural University, Harper Adams University, Bishop Burton College, Risheholme College and […]

£2.8 million project to make new types of gel from waste food

£2.8 million project to make new types of gel from waste food

Waste from potato crops could be ‘recycled’ into personal care products such as medical gels and beauty creams – thanks to a new UEA research project. The food industry throws away millions of tonnes of vegetables each year. Surplus supply, processing waste and the fact that many supermarkets only accept ‘perfect’ fruit and vegetables of […]

£8 million monsoon project launches in India

£8 million monsoon project launches in India

A project involving scientists from the UK and India to predict monsoon rainfall by studying ocean processes in the Bay of Bengal launches today. Scientists from the University of East Anglia (UEA) will release underwater robots to monitor how ocean conditions influence monsoon rainfall. Meanwhile collaborators from a partner project led by the University of […]

Developing a more human approach to animal science

Developing a more human approach to animal science

An SRUC PhD student will combine social science with animal genetics in an attempt to help African dairy farmers breed the ideal cow for their environment. Aluna Chawala’s innovative approach means he won’t just study the cows, he will be closely observing the humans too. Aluna’s PhD has been funded by the Bill and Melinda […]

TGAC trains the next generation of rice breeders in Vietnam

TGAC trains the next generation of rice breeders in Vietnam

Scientists from The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) in partnership with Agricultural Genetics Institute (AGI) begin their bioinformatics training programme in Vietnam to identify 600 rice varieties to accelerate crop breeding. The team, led by Dr Jose De Vega, aim to sequence and analyse the genetic diversity in Vietnamese native rice lines to help Vietnam’s crop […]

Students compete for unique share farming agreement opportunity

Students compete for unique share farming agreement opportunity

Agriculture students from Moreton Morrell College in Warwickshire are being given the opportunity to compete to win a sought-after shared farming agreement – meaning they could start their farming career at the age of just 18. Shared farming agreements are where the landowner and a farmer agree to work together to share the farming of […]

Cardiff University students visit Bayer field trials

Cardiff University students visit Bayer field trials

Around 60 University of Cardiff students were shown around Bayer and NIAB oilseed rape and wheat variety trials at Callow in Herefordshire this week. The event was part of Bayer’s ongoing agricultural education programme to promote agriculture as a career of choice, and help train future farmers. “It’s invaluable for biology students to have access […]

The Prince’s Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary Scheme launched

The Prince’s Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary Scheme launched

Today, Wednesday 23rd March, HRH The Prince of Wales met with a group of Cumbrian young farmers learning practical flood resilience driving skills at the Rookin House Activity Centre near Penrith. The visit marks a renewed three-year partnership between his charity, The Prince’s Countryside Fund and Land Rover with this year’s launch of The Prince’s Countryside […]

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