Our crop physiology team focuses on improving performance and reducing pollution of cropping systems for food, feed and biofuel production. We are experts in crop physiology, plant genetics and crop management.
We have the largest group of crop physiologists in the UK. Our goal is to understand:
We distil the scientific evidence we collect into sound practical guidelines for growers.
Our areas of expertise include:
One of our advances is Agronomics. This new technology enables farmers to compare agronomic treatments at tramline, split-field and whole field scales.
With the help of other ADAS teams, we can carry out inter-disciplinary research. Working alongside ADAS pathologists and entomologists, our previous projects have looked at disease tolerance and reliable pest thresholds.
We have carried out crop phenotyping for plant breeders and variety testers. Examples include reducing nitrogen requirements and improving lodging resistance.
One of our previous experiments included investigating effective rooting depth. Read the experiment summary.
We can produce husbandry guidelines for all crops, including minor crops e.g. Triticale, optimising fertilisers and targeting plant growth regulars (PGRs). Our algorithms support precision farming and the prescription of variable rates.