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  • UK Soil Observatory launched

    The UK Soil Observatory (UKSO), launched today in London, is a ‘big data’ initiative that provides a portal for unified UK soils data and information. Until recently soils data, knowledge and expertise was scattered across a wide range of institutions. UKSO will give improved access to data and information including fully described data sets, analytical tools and analyses allowing users to access...

    10 April 2014

    Source: Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

  • PBL patent on Late Blight resistance granted in EU and US

    Plant Bioscience Limited’s patent on late blight resistance genes developed by Jonathan Jones and co-workers at the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, England, has been granted in Europe and the United States. The company reports that good progress is also being made in a number of other key territories affected by late blight disease in potatoes.   The patent consists of multiple resistance genes...

    Source: Spudsmart

  • Re-fuelling the countryside: Sustainable farm and rural transport

    With considerable challenges facing farm and rural transport, the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) has commissioned a new report to study the potential for innovative low carbon transport technologies and fuels in rural areas and on-farms.    Entitled “Re-fuelling the Countryside: Sustainable Farm and Rural Transport” the report will investigate the potential and practicalities of...

    Source: RASE

  • Scientific Opinion on the annual Post-Market Environmental Monitoring (PMEM) report from BASF on the cultivation of genetically modified potato in 2010

    Following a request from the European Commission, the Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA GMO Panel) assessed the monitoring report for the 2010 cultivation season of GM potato EH92-527-1 (variety Amflora) provided by BASF. See link below

    29 February 2012

    Source: European Food Safety Authority

  • Potato industry reaps benefits of new computer vision technology

    A prototype computer vision system to identify sub-standard potatoes will be presented by computer scientists from the University of Lincoln at the triennial conference 'Crop Protection in Northern Britain’, taking place in Dundee this week. Post-graduate students from the Centre for Vision and Robotics Research played a major role in the project with Michael Barnes (PhD student) undertaking...

    28 February 2012

    Source: University of Lincoln

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