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STC are delighted to announce that Dr Rhydian Beynon-Davies will (re)join our Science

STC are delighted to announce that Dr Rhydian Beynon-Davies will (re)join our Science team in mid-June to head up our ‘Photobiology’ department. With his extensive academic and industry experience in all things ‘urban farming’, Rhydian will be a great addition to drive forward our work in this area.

 

Dr David George, STC Director of Science, welcomed the news. “We were extremely pleased to receive Rhydian’s application. Having previously worked with us, for the most part in our LED4Crops and LED High Wire facilities, Rhydian is the ideal candidate to lead our future work in this growing field, including in the new CHAP LED production facility.” Dr George also highlighted that “Rhydian is a man of many talents. He has a strong background in skills training and education, for example, which could be of significant value to a rapidly expanding urban farming sector in the UK. Rhydian was also a well-liked and well respected member of the team during his time here as Project Manager – everybody at STC is excited to welcome him back to the fold in a more senior role.”

After Brexit UK Farming representatives agree a statement given below and taken from NFU publication

 

The UK Farming Roundtable has agreed a list of principles that it believes should guide policy development and implementation once the UK leaves the EU.

The statement calls on the four UK governments to ‘establish and maintain regular, formal and cooperative arrangements to manage policy, legislation and delivery of regulation across the UK’ and that a priority should be to ‘take every step to retain and protect a single market access for food, agricultural commodities, live animals and plant products throughout the UK’.

The agreement came at a recent meeting of the UK Farming Roundtable chaired by NFU President Minette Batters, where it was proposed that a UK policy framework for farming should include the following:

  • Respect and maintain the current devolution settlement of policy and regulation to the constituent parts of the United Kingdom should be respected and maintained.
  • The UK’s various governments, parliaments and regulators should take every step to retain and protect a single market access for food, agricultural commodities, live animals and plant and plant products throughout the UK.
  • In developing distinct agricultural policies to replace the Common Agricultural Policy, farming ministers across the UK should ensure that potential differences in application of agricultural policy should not adversely impact on trade within the UK.
  • Farming ministers across the UK and agricultural departments must establish and maintain regular, formal and cooperative arrangements to manage policy, legislation and delivery of regulation across the UK economic area. A guiding principle should be that no single country determines or curtails UK policy in the rest of the UK.
  • No part of the UK should be able to act, or avoid action, that threatens to curtail access for other parts of the UK to third country markets, or that question the UK’s adherence to its international agreements.
  • We welcome the government’s commitment to provide the same cash total in funds for farm support as is currently paid out under the CAP.  In the longer term, with the development of a new domestic agricultural policy, at least the same level of public investment in agriculture should be retained.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) set out its plans to strengthen the UK’s world-leading knowledge economy

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) set out its plans to strengthen the UK’s world-leading knowledge economy as it launched its Strategic Prospectus on Monday.

The prospectus will create a research and innovation system that is fit for the future and equipped to tackle the environmental, social and economic challenges of the 21st century. Research and innovation are at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy,

 

https://www.ukri.org/files/about/ukri-strategy-document-pdf/?pdf=Strategic-Prospectus

Brexit, science and innovation: Government Response to the Committee’s Second Report

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmsctech/1008/100802.htm

UV – ROBOT -Innovative UV-robotics to improve existing IPM strategies and to benefit farmers, consumers and the environment

     

 

  • LEAD PARTNER ORGANISATION Proefcentrum Hoogstraten
  • EMAILmarieke.vervoort@proefcentrum.be
  • LOCAL CONTACT PERSON Phillip Davis – phillip.davis@stc-nyorks.co.uk

 

 

Project Summary

An important disease in many crops is mildew. Current horticultural practices rely on intensive pesticide use to counter it. However, the use of chemical crop protection results in spray residues on the harvested product and mildew infections cannot always be prevented. Scientific research showed that UV-C light has the potential to become a sustainable alternative for chemical mildew control. The application of UV-C still need to be optimized and automation is required to allow introduction in horticulture. UV-ROBOT will try to tackle these issues and has three main goals:

  • Develop robots for autonomous mildew control
  • Integrate UV-C in current IPM strategies
  • Implement the innovation by growers

In the course of the project we will develop, test and demonstrate cost-effective UV-C robots to control mildew in three types of crops:

  • Spherical: strawberry
  • Vertical: tomato and cucumber
  • Horizontal: lettuce and basil

Horticultural experts in Belgium and the UK will together find ways to incorporate UV-C in current IPM (Integrated Pest Management) strategies of each crop. Belgian expertise in automation and French expertise in data analysis will jointly develop innovative robots that can autonomously apply UV-C. On top, the co-creation of innovative sensors for automatic mildew monitoring by a UK partner specialized in e-nose development will reduce the farmers’ workload and ensure tight disease control.

At the end of the project the developed robots will be available for growers with a user-friendly interface and a crop specific implementation strategy. Demonstration across the NWE region and extensive communication during and after the project will inform growers to ensure innovation roll-out. We hereby aim to lower growers’ dependence on chemical crop protection and thereby reduce pesticide use and spray residues in horticulture across North-West Europe.

PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

  • Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt
  • Octinion
  • STC Research Foundation
  • CESI
  • Roboscientific Limited
  • Comité d’Action Technique et Economique
  • Comité Départemental de Développement Maraîche
  • NIAB EMR