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.
Examples of our crop protection science