Developments in crop breeding and genetics

Farmers, agronomists and research scientists attended the first Arable Horizons interactive lecture on 17 November at Syngenta’s Jealott’s HIll International Research Facility.

Dr Alison Bentley, director of genetics and breeding at NIAB presented the first in a series of talks looking at the future scientific developments that look set revolutionise the way we farm over the next 30 years.

Dr Bentley’s talk focused on the range of technological developments that are most likely to bring about practical benefits to UK farmers: genome sequencing, diversity breeding, genetic modification, gene-editing and breeding methods.

Delegates at the event had the opportunity to question the speaker, take part in live polls and network with their peers.

See photos of the night and watch the videos, which were broadcast live from the event, in the player below and read the full report of the talk on Developments in crop breeding and genetics.


Register for 'What next for biocontrol?'

From pest-busting bacteria to supercharged crop growth, the science of biocontrol is seeking to use beneficial insects and microbes to improve yields and reduce loses from pests and disease.

Find out more in this Arable Horizons interactive talk.

Date: 9 March 2017


Register for 'Exploiting climate change for UK farmers'

One of the biggest challenges set to impact farmers in the future is the changing climate. This lecture will examine the implications of a changing climate for British agriculture, what it means for what we grow and how we grow it, and a look at some pioneering research projects.

Date: 15 June 2017
Location: TBC


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