The four-year LegumePlus project came to an end in 2015 and, to celebrate the achievements of all involved, a dissemination event titled Bioactive Legumes: Forages with Veterinary, Nutritional & Environmental Qualities: Opportunities and Development was held at NIAB Innovation Farm in October 2015.
Researchers involved in the project presented their research and a group of around 40 delegates discussed the findings.
The event featured keynote speakers Dr Phil Wigge (University of Cambridge, Sainsbury Laboratory) and Professor Irene Mueller-Harvey (University of Reading) and speakers from the farming industry, who drew on their personal experiences in the field, together with the Project research scientists talking in-depth about the structures and biological behaviour of highly beneficial bioactive legumes.
The conference included a field tour, led by NIAB Innovation Farm's Dr Lydia Smith. This featured demonstrations from LegumePlus Partners including sainfoin (NIAB), Bird'sfoot trefoil and a range of forage grasses (Agroscope) and Rosebay willowherb (University of Turku).
A video by Cotswold Seeds to accompany the conference featuring the researchers and their work can be viewed here