The need for applied science to support the sustainable intensification of agriculture has never been greater. Whilst the UK has a long-term vision to drive innovation in crop improvement through advanced genomics and breeding, the contribution of crop protection is critical to today's industry. Pressure from pests, diseases and weeds is estimated to account for 30% of global yield losses and waste in storage. Drawing on its 100 year history in providing solutions for Plant Health, we are developing a crop protection centre to deliver 'integrated' solutions to safeguard yield and quality in both arable and horticultural crops. The centre is one of a number of capabilitities being developed under our new Initiative in Agrifood Resilience with the University of York. We are looking to work with partners in academia, research institutes and industry, to develop innovative approaches to ensure 'Crop Health' using a combination of advanced field diagnostics for detection of disease, integrated management of pests and diseases and the safe and sustainable use of agrochemicals.
The centre will work with and support industry, both to protect the value of UK farming and to bring new products and services to market. It will also support the economic growth of the Yorkshire region, with the ongoing development of the Sand Hutton Applied Innovation Campus.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) at Fera were launched in 2010. They were envisaged as flexible, informal platforms that would support networking within the organisation, encourage interdisciplinary work, buy essay online and generate novel ideas for food and environment research.
Fera has been dedicated in supporting SIGs wholeheartedly, as their activities reflect the agency's Science Strategy and underline a number of Fera's key functions. In addition to being academically fulfilling, the interest groups nurture the skills and specialist technical knowledge of their members in strategic and emerging science themes, and they help drive future priorities which underpin the future of the agency.
Currently 11 interest groups are being active in the agency and although each SIG is independent in how it operates on a day to day basis, they all aspire to grow their science area internally and externally.
Check out the individual SIGs pages for details on their current and forthcoming activities and contact details.