6 June 1997

Beet and the environment

ENVIRONMENTAL issues will feature strongly at a meeting of sugar beet researchers and technologists this summer.

Theme of the 60th summer congress of the International Institute for Sugar Beet Research from June 30 to July 4 at Churchill College, Cambridge, is "Environmental Aspects of Growing Sugar Beet".

Keynote speaker will be Ed Gallagher, chief executive of the UK Environment Agency. Other papers will contrast beet sugar industries around the world and research to improve the environmental aspects of growing the crop.

Invited speakers will address environmental and legal requirements. Further sessions will explore ways to reduce fertiliser applications and mechanisation strategies to cut inputs.

Four alternatives to pesticide use will be presented on the second day, and the formal business will close with a paper from Ben Miflin, director of the Institute of Arable Crops Research, entitled "Future Strategies for Sugar Beet Production".n