Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity initiative – call for proposals
The Living With Environmental Change Partnership has announced a call for proposals for the third phase of the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative (THAPBI) funded jointly by BBSRC, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), ESRC, the Forestry Commission, NERC and the Scottish Government. This third call specifically invites proposals for scientifically excellent, relevant research that will inform policy and practice to address either (i) threats to the health of oak, or (ii) threats to trees from Phytophthora. The funders expect to support one project on each topic at a cost not exceeding £1M per project. Proposals must be integrative and interdisciplinary, combining high-quality biological, environmental and social science, and drawing on the full range of available research capabilities. Collaborations are particularly encouraged between researchers with established skills in tree or forest health and others with complementary expertise from the wider relevant research communities. Expressions of interest should be submitted by 8th January 2015 through Defra's eSourcing Portal.
Natural Capital - What's the Evidence?
Valuing Our Life Support Systems 2014, a major natural capital summit, sponsored by NERC, brings together key researchers, practitioners and business leaders to explore the evidence and ethics of a Natural Capital approach. The Summit takes place at the British Library, London, on 6 – 7 November. Registration by 31 October 2014. Discounts are available for employees of CEH, the James Hutton Institute and members of the Society of Biology or British Ecological Society.
Would ‘refuges’ near flowering crops enable insecticides and pollinators to co-exist?
In an opinion piece prepared for the Farming Futures website, rural commentator and land agent Rob Yorke considers whether regulators should insist on the planting of specific habitat (‘refuges’) as part of granting licences to use certain insecticides.
Further reflections on knowledge exchange in arable farming
In the latest landbridge blog, Sean Ryan from Defra's Agri-Tech Strategy Team reflects on a recent workshop co-hosted by the Agricultural Industries Confederation, the Association of Independent Crop Consultants, the Home Grown Cereals Authority and Landbridge on knowledge exchange within arable farming and explains how it brought new insights into the role and contribution of different organisations in promoting knowledge exchange within the agri-tech sector.
How can land advisers make new Agri Tech Strategy work?
The Government's new Agri Tech Strategy will need key knowledge exchange partners if it is to make a difference and fulfil its objectives of sustainable intensification. The latest policy and practice note from LWEC emphasises the important role that the advisory professions will play.
Relu Newsletter - October 2014
The Rural Economy and Land Use Programme in association with Landbridge October 2014 newsletter includes all the latest news and updates on Relu and LWEC research projects, events, staff and publications.
Free wind energy seminars for farmers and landowners
RenewableUK is providing free seminars for farmers and landowners who are interested in learning more about the benefits and practical issues associated with the installation of a wind turbine/s. The seminars will take place on 13th November 2014 at Manchester Central Convention Complex and will be provided by a range of industry experts covering issues such as feasibility, planning, opportunities and potential hurdles to overcome, financing, technical innovations and grid connection.Those attending will also have free access to an exhibition where they will be able to meet developers, turbine manufacturers and a wide range of service providers. The exhibition includes a special section on small and medium wind turbines. Register here for the event.
Sustainable Intensification Platform will develop better measures
Sustainable intensification – increasing farm productivity while avoiding negative environmental and social impacts – is going to be key to ensuring future productivity. Defra’s 3-year, £4.5m Sustainable Intensification Platform was officially launched in London on 30th September 2014. Involving a large consortium of stakeholders spanning research and practice, the project involves three interlinked projects led by Exeter University, National Institute of Agricultural Botany and ADAS. These projects will develop improved indicators for measuring different sustainable intensification interventions and their impact and test these at farm and then landscape scale, as well as examining the external influences on farmers’ productivity and the sustainability of their practices. Landbridge is involved in the platform as a key dissemination partner to promote engagement between the Sustainable Intensification Platform and the land advisory professions.