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Workshop on Novel Crops for the U.K.

Our workshop at Warwick Crop Centre was attended by delegates from industry, academia, media and education. We hope the delegates found it as useful as we did.
Our over-reliance on a small number of crop species limits our ability to respond to the challenge of supplying more food in a changing climate. Using a wider range  of crop species will create  more resilient growing systems and farmers will be less dependent on the success of only a few crops. In addition, rotation of a diversity of crops will help to control weeds, reduce pest and disease incidence and improve soil health. In consequence, increasing diversity will reduce costs and carbon emissions by reducing the need for herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers. Providing options of alternative crops that produce high yields in the UK climate and in other temperate regions is paramount. Our workshop brought relevant stakeholders together to discuss the options of species, investigate the barriers to their further usage and identify action points. We will also discuss development of a consortium for research and development of novel crops.
Speakers, panellists and delegates included:

Location: Warwick Crop Centre, University of Warwick, Wellesbourne Campus, Coventry CV35 9EF
Find details of how to get to the Crop Centre here: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/lifesci/about/contact/wellesbourne/

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