28 May 2018
Agroforestry as sustainable land use

EURAF 2018 CONFERENCE: Opportunity for farmers to attend

10 June 2018
Open Farm Sunday at Sonning Farm

We will be showcasing our trials at Reading University Crops Research Unit



22 May 2018
Organic farming: new EU rules adopted

New regulation to come into effect 1 January 2021

21 May 2018
Defra release organic farming stats for 2017

Organic land area in UK slowly increasing



3 May 2018
Stop the dock!

A new technical guide for reducing docks on farmland

Plant breeding projects

Current projects

Project title (acronym)FunderDescription
LIVESEED: Boosting organic seed and plant breeding across EuropeEU H2020EU H2020 research project boosting organic seed and plant breeding across Europe. 35 partners - 18 countries
Wheat and barley Legacy for Breeding Improvement (WHEALBI)EU FP 7The aim of the WHEALBI project is to apply genomic, genetic and agronomic approaches to improve European wheat and barley production in competitive and sustainable cropping systems.

Completed projects

Project title (acronym)FunderDescription
Coordinating organic plant breeding activities for diversity (COBRA)Core Organic/DefraCOBRA involves 41 partners from 18 European countries which will focus on coordinating, linking and expanding on-going organic breeding activities in cereals and grain legumes across Europe, drawing together experts from previously fragmented areas.
Strategies for Organic and Low-input Integrated Breeding and Management (SOLIBAM)EU FP7Develop specific and novel breeding approaches integrated with management practices to improve performance, quality, sustainability and stability of crops adapted to organic and low-input systems in Europe and small-scale farms in Africa.
Harnessing new technologies for sustainable oat production and utilization (QUOATS)Defra, BBSRCThis project integrates various breeding and selection methods with high throughput analysis of grain composition to develop oats varieties for human consumption, livestock production and industrial uses.
Adaptive winter wheat populations: development, genetic characterisation and applicationDefraWe study the yield, quality, and stability of wheat Composite Cross Populations (CCPs) under high and low input over a range of environments through phenotypic and genotypic analyses and develop the processing capabilities of CCPs for various end users.