THURSDAY 26th APRIL
Producing quality rapeseed
In this BASF sponsored event we will be exploring the contributions made at each stage of the value chain, from early stage research through to marketing of the grain. This will include an overview from BASF on innovations in canopy management, their Clearfield production system and how these influence the production of quality rapeseed.
SATURDAY 19th MAY
Fascination of plants – Plant power
Cambridge University Botanic gardens – Just turn up on the day.
Launched under the European Plant Sciences Organisation (EPSO) umbrella. We are joining together with several scientific organisations based in Cambridge to enthuse visitors about plants and the importance of plant science. This open day is interactive and open to a public audience of all ages.
TUESDAY 19th JUNE
Cultivating food quality
Demonstrating how the demand for ingredients with a range of end-use properties are driving breeders to explore inherent quality traits such as protein type, starch quality, high milling yield and resistance to pre- harvest sprouting and those effected by environmental factors. In other crops traits are being manipulated through breeding to produce products with improved properties such as Beneforte broccoli that has added nutritional benefits from increased anti-oxidants levels.
TUESDAY 22th JUNE
NIAB Open day – Cambridge
Unlocking the crop genetic potential of plants now and tomorrow. Featuring crop demonstrations, variety interaction plots, NIAB Innovation Farm tour, hog roast and technical seminars from Tina Barsby, Bill Clark and Stuart Knight . Booking is advised see www.niab.com for details.
THURSDAY 28th JUNE
Breakthrough technology: crops for the future
In collaboration with the Cambridge Partnership for Plant Sciences (CPPS) this workshop will explore the contribution of new technology such as hybrids and C4 photosynthesis. The morning session will consist of four presentations and single slide speed pitches from researchers.
THURSDAY 5th JULY
Managing habitats for improved biodiversity
In partnership with the British Ecological Society (BES) this event will focus on how research is influencing the content of environmental margins and how sowing species targeted seed mixes combined with appropriate management will encourage a wider range of wildlife on the farm.
THURSDAY 26th JULY
Diversity into industry
An interactive event focussing on sources of genetic diversity in cereals for exploitation in industry
WEDNESDAY 18th JULY
Fodder and Forage
Highlighting the range of species used within the fodder and forage markets, a review of the limiting factors in sourcing good quality forage and presenting the hybridisation work that is being undertaken at Institute of Biological, environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)
WEDENESDAY 12th SEPTEMBER
GM- Is it time for public good programme?
How GM technology could be used to respond to the challenges facing the agricultural industry and discussions relating to barriers to its adoption, how we move forward and whether we can shape a public good GM programme
To book your place visit http://www.niab.com/shop
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