I, and a handful of colleagues from BIS and Defra, have recently returned from a short visit to Rennes and Paris, where we had a great opportunity to learn about the relationships between research, innovation and the market in agriculture and food, and the role of public sector and commercial organisations. We wanted to compare and contrast the French system with that in the UK, particularly in the light of our evolving Agri-Tech Industrial Strategy. Earlier in the summer we explored the system in the Netherlands, during a visit to Wageningen and The Hague. There are significant differen
I recently had a very ‘fruitful’ visit to one of our new Agri-Tech Catalyst projects and learned all about the fascinating future of strawberries. East Malling Research (EMR) in Kent are leading the partnership to identify new varieties of strawberry that are more resource-use efficient.