Crop Protection Association visit
The John Innes Centre recently welcomed Dominic Dyer, the Chief Executive of the Crop Protection Association to the site, which was a chance to present an update on the JIC’s latest research to the representative body of the crop protection industry.
As well as hearing about JIC’s fundamental research on pests and diseases, and efforts to improve crop resistance, scientists were able to give an overview of pioneering work in wheat molecular genetics, and how wild relatives of wheat can be exploited in breeding programmes. The effects of climate change on the spectrum of wheat diseases was another important topic, relevant to a discussion on the larger subject of food security.
Sophien Kamoun and Jonathan Jones of The Sainsbury Laboratory also spoke about the world leading research being undertaken on disease resistance.
Following his visit, Dominic Dyer said “The food security threat is one of the greatest challenges facing the future of mankind. The work carried out at the John Innes Centre is of critical importance in providing farmers with the necessary tools to deal with crop pests and diseases and finding scientific solutions to the need to produce more food for a global population which could reach 9.5 billion by 2050, whilst making more efficient use of land water and energy”
The Crop Protection Association (CPA) represents members engaged in the manufacture, formulation and supply of crop protection products for use in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, home gardening, industrial, amenity and local authority outlets.