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Using advanced engineering in such operations can have positive impacts on: 

  • agricultural productivity
  • management of the environment (by minimising agricultural inputs such as pesticides and herbicides)
  • protection of natural resources such as soils and water.

Since its launch, this initiative has received widespread support from industry, and considerable interest from the research councils and Innovate UK. Other universities conducting basic research in this area, but without the necessary resources to support it, have also expressed an interest. 

The new facility could have national and international impact, and will provide a major boost to the UK's contribution to global food security.

Project information

Catalyst funding £1,465,000
Total project funding £2,930,000
Project contact Professor Simon Blackmore  

Page last updated 13 October 2016

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