Agri-Tech East Pollinator: The Good, the Bad and the (B)ugly
7 July 2015, Centrum, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UG
In this Agri-Tech East Pollinator event we’ll be exploring the split personalities of fungi. Some cause devastating crop diseases (such as the late blight of potatoes, responsible for the Irish Potato Famine), while others help boost plant growth and have a potential role to play in increasing crop yields. We’ll be hearing about research on Verticillium, responsible for wilt diseases in a range of crop plants, and the work underway at NIAB to understand more about how to manage this disease. Then we’ll be looking at beneficial fungi – the so-called mycorrhizae, which live in the roots of plants and extend out into the soil, increasing nutrient-uptake from the soil for the plant. Research at the University of Cambridge is looking at how these fungi can be used to help boost crop yields.
Then we’ll be turning our attention to slugs – consistently topping the list as the number one pest for UK farmers. Scientists at the John Innes Centre have been studying slugs and how they are resisting attack by natural predators and other methods of pest control. With non-native slug invaders entering the UK from Spain, mild winters are making life even more comfortable for slugs – and their control even more of a challenge.
Who should attend?
Farmers and growers
Innovators developing mechanisms for pest control
Find out more at http://www.agritech-east.co.uk/events/the-good-the-bad-and-the-bugly