Agriculture and food production face enormous challenges in the years ahead. Solutions must be achieved using less land and fewer resources.
Resource stewardship, soil conservation, and integrated pest management are essential for sustainability. The tools used, the crops and varieties grown, and the efficiencies made will be the result of scientific and technological innovation.
NIAB Innovation Farm showcases crops and varieties suited to:
- Input use efficiency, e.g. water/drought tolerance
- Improving biodiversity, e.g. wildflower mixes for bees and birds
- Providing alternative energy sources, e.g. willow, miscanthus
- Introducing new crops for specialist markets, e.g. chia