Research management of a major crop pest in Africa

Dr William Kirk, Senior Lecturer in the School of Life Sciences at Keele University, has been awarded a prestigious Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Foundation Award. The £596,000 project, for Global Agriculture and Food Systems Research, funded through the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), will allow Dr Kirk and his team to carry out a two-year project titled ‘Improving food safety by reducing pesticide residues: developing a pheromone alternative to insecticides for control of thrips on legumes in Kenya.’

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Delivery of a Diagnostic test pilot scheme for Brassicas and Onions

The overall objective of this project is to provide fully validated diagnostic tests for the brassica and onion industry within a commercial setting, and also to provide a vehicle to raise awareness with other growers of the benefits, value, sensitivity and decision support capability of the tests via an AHDB KE program.

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Cucumber: Development and testing of a lateral flow device for both gummy stem blight and powdery mildew in bio-aerosols during cucurbit production

The aim of the project is to produce on-site tests which can be used singly or in a multiplex format to monitor glasshouse bio-aerosols for gummy stem blight and powdery mildew in glasshouse cucumbers. Intervention/control measures would be applied in response to disease risk from the on-site tests.

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Semi-automated on-site quantification of airborne pathogen inoculum to predict the strawberry fruit rot risks. Mologic Ltd – Innovate Project

This Innovate funded project, led Mologic Ltd, will develop semiautomatic spore trapping devices for monitoring fungal pathogens responsible for fruit rotting and provide growers with aligned technologies to use these devices.

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XAG and Harper Adams University partnership
XAG and Harper Adams University partnership

02-08-2018

The National Centre for Precision Farming (NCPF) at Harper Adams University and XAG, one of the world’s largest drone and

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New Collaboration for Agri-EPI Centre.
New Collaboration for Agri-EPI Centre.

25-07-2018

Harper Adams University and global tractor manufacturer TAFE enter into collaboration for new Agri-EPI Centre project

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Agri-Tech West supports first Agricultural Innovation Conference and Exhibition.
Agri-Tech West supports first Agricultural Innovation Conference and Exhibition.

25-07-2018

Agri-Tech West supports first Agricultural Innovation Conference and Exhibition held at Harper Adams University

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Reaseheath Knowledge Transfer Innovation Event Huge Success.
Reaseheath Knowledge Transfer Innovation Event Huge Success.

25-07-2018

Reaseheath’s Innovation, research and development showcase event attracted over 50 delegates which included students, rese

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  • Cheshire Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Harper Adams University
  • Keele University
  • Pershore College
  • Reaseheath College
  • South Staffordshire College
  • Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership
  • The Leavesley Group
  • The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership
  • University of Chester
  • Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership