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NIAB stages largest ever demo area

April 30, 2018 by  
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The largest ever variety demonstration area staged by NIAB at Cereals will be on show at this year’s event – with 110 different crop and variety plots, providing a backdrop to the latest technical advice and research in variety choice, independent agronomy, and crop management.

The variety demonstration area alone includes 40 winter wheat and 27 winter oilseed rape varieties, either already established on the AHDB 2018/19 Recommended List or candidates.

NIAB’s technical director Bill Clark says: “As we approach our centenary in 2019 we felt this year would be an ideal opportunity to get back to our roots and highlight NIAB’s unparalleled variety expertise.

“We were the first to develop variety information lists for farmers in the 1930s, with the first official Recommended List published in 1944, and we were the driving force behind the development of statutory seed certification and testing.”

Untreated plots will give visitors a head start in variety selection for next season, with differences in disease resistance and performance evident between varieties. NIAB TAG specialists will provide advice across all cereal, oilseed and pulse crops.

The variety demonstration sits alongside a showcase of plant breeding tools and technologies that are helping shape optimal nitrogen use on farm. NIAB researchers are identifying wheat varieties which show a high nitrogen use efficiency in the field.

The research is also characterising the physiology of wheat varieties grown under different nitrogen levels, aiming to understand the regulation of the plant’s response and possible methods of modifying the response through further plant breeding technologies.

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