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

Harnessing new technologies for sustainable oat production and utilization

Acronym:

QUOATS

Project code:

LK09124

Contract period:

1 July 2009 to 30 June 2014

Project webpage:

http://www.quoats.org

Main funder:

Defra, BBSRC

Contact staff at ORC:

Nick Fradgley

Other staff involved:

Sally Howlett

Project aims

  1. Develop the core underpinning molecular technologies for the identification of specific genes and markers associated with key traits that will increase the use of oats in sustainable production systems.
  2. Apply genomics tools in conjunction with high throughput phenotyping to breed oats that have the required health, consumer quality and microbiological safety traits and enhance genetic variation in high value compounds for advanced fractionation (‘biorefining’).
  3. Develop oats for sustainable livestock agriculture that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide a high quality feed.
  4. Increase the sustainability of the oat crop through improved nitrogen use efficiency and lodging resistance.

ORC's role

ORC’s role in this project is to carry out field trials on an organically managed farm in Suffolk (Wakelyns Agroforestry) to characterise various husked and naked oat lines and varieties, and thereby to assist in the selection of oat lines with high nutrient use efficiency and high resistance to lodging.

Project leader and partners

ADAS UK Ltd
AHDB-DairyCo
AHDB-EBLEX
AHDB-HGCA
Bernard Matthews Ltd
British Oat and Barley Millers' Association
Du Pont (U.K.) Limited
Felin Ganol Watermill
G B Seeds
Harper Adams University College
IBERS, Aberystwyth University
James Hutton Institute
Mole Valley Feed Solutions
Nairns Oatcakes Ltd
Oat Services
Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm
Phytatec (UK) Ltd
Poultry Xperience
Senova Ltd

Publications

Fradgley N (2014) Results from ORC trials: variety performance in organic conditions Presentation at ORC Organic Producer Conference

ORC (2013) Oat varieties for organic systems” (PDF 2.8MB). Research poster at Cereals 2013

Döring TF, Winkler L and Fradgley N. (2012) Oat variety characteristics for suppressing weeds” (PDF 2.8MB). The Organic Research Centre Bulletin 111: 6-7

ORC (2011) Oats: an outstanding organic crop” (PDF 563KB). Research poster at Cereals 2011

Pearce H, Döring TF. 2010. “There is nothing like an Oat” (PDF 304KB). The Organic Research Centre Bulletin 102: 5

All sources of funding

The QUOATS project, led by Aberystwyth University (IBERS), is jointly sponsored by BBSRC, by Defra through the Sustainable Arable LINK Programme, by European Regional Development Funding through the Welsh Assembly Government’s Academic Expertise for Business (A4B) Programme and through the Scottish Government Contract Research Fund with funding from AHDB and industry partners. The project partners are: ADAS UK Ltd, Bernard Matthews Ltd, British Oat and Barley Millers' Association, Du Pont (U.K.) Limited, Felin Ganol Watermill, G B Seeds, Harper Adams University College, James Hutton Institute, Mole Valley Feed Solutions, Nairns Oatcakes Ltd, Oat Services, Organic Research Centre - Elm Farm, Phytatec (UK) Ltd, Poultry Xperience, Senova Ltd and the DairyCo, EBLEX and HGCA divisions of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)