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Sustainable agriculture in UK to get £3m grant

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Three of the UK’s research councils announced that ten interdisciplinary research projects will each receive a share of a £3.2 million pot aimed at improving the sustainability of UK farming.

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The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) announced details of the public funding, which was awarded under the second round of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Innovation Club (SARIC), in partnership with 12 industry partners.

SARIC was formed in 2014 with the input of agricultural levy boards, trade associations and academics with the aim of translating research findings into solutions and knowledge in the field.

The public-private partnership has a total budget of £10m for use in supporting projects that will bolster the sustainability of UK agriculture. SARIC backed six projects with £4.7m of funding in 2015.

Among the funded research studies is work to improve the weather resilience of crops, sensing soil nitrogen, and advanced technologies for crop management.

Work to improve slurry usage and potato cyst nematode management is also being funded, alongside devices to assess and improve the use of animal nutrients, and an assessment of the risks of pesticide run-off.

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