School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

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Translating crop research from lab to field: N8 Crop Innovation Pipeline Workshop

Date/Time: 2 May 2017 - 3 May 2017

Venue: Newcastle Civic Centre and Cockle Park Farm.


Innovative approaches are required to improve crop performance, boost resilience and develop sustainable agricultural practices. This meeting is an opportunity for scientists from academia and industry and representatives from the farming community to present and discuss their latest research and ideas relating to translating and implementing plant biology research into crop improvement strategies. Delegates will have the opportunity to see the how the newly-upgraded facilities at the University’s Cockle Park can contribute to N8 agri-food research programmes.

Themes will include:

  • crop resilience & productivity: plant growth & development; plant stress biology; crop protection; herbicide resistance; soil health; plant-microbe interactions
  • diagnostics: molecular tools; kits; mobile labs and on-site monitoring
  • precision agriculture: on-the-go crop/soil sensing systems, high throughput phenotyping, decision support
  • plant transformation: from novel plant production to field-scale trials
  • future challenges for the agricultural industry: herbicide resistance; climate change, profitability and sustainable intensification

Confirmed Speakers

Chris Tapsell – Technical Director at KWS;  
James Mills – Advisor for NFU;
Jon Knight – Head of Crop Health and Protection at AHDB;
Ari Sadanandom – Director of DCCIT (Durham Centre for Crop Innovation Technology);
Rick Mumford - Director of Science, Fera;
Robert Edwards - Head of the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development;
Katherine Denby - Acedemic Director of N8 AgriFood Resilience 


Tuesday 2nd May, Newcastle Civic Centre

12pm - 1pm                Arrival and Lunch
1pm - 3.45pm             Introduction to conference followed by talks from across the N8 and invited industrial speakers
4pm                            Coach transport to Cockle Park
4.30pm                       Introduction to the vision for Cockle Park Farm and lab facilities, with an optional 20 min tour
4.45pm – 6.30pm       Poster session and informal networking
6.30pm – close           Dinner, including Hog roast and drinks in the marquee

Wednesday 3rd May, Newcastle Civic Centre

9.30am                      Coffee
10am – 1pm              Talks
1pm                           Lunch and informal networking 

Registration and more information

Please register for this event please email Teresa Jordon.

Deadline for abstract submission (talks & posters): 28 February 2017

N8 Plant Science Conference Flyer for this event.


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