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July 21, 2009

DNA of ancient lost barley could help modern crops cope with water stress

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/dna_of_ancient/

Researchers at the University of Warwick have recovered significant DNA information from a lost form of ancient barley that triumphed for over 3000 years seeing off: 5 changes in civilisation, water shortages and a much more popular form of barley that produces more grains.


April 23, 2009

New research to tackle £3 billion potato problem

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/new_research_to/

Researchers at the University of Warwick and the University of Dundee are to lead a £3.5million project investigating how microbes are able to cause the notorious crop disease late blight – responsible for the Irish potato famine and still wreaking havoc around the world.


June 25, 2008

Saving the British strawberry

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=strawberry.mp3

Researchers at Warwick HRI describe a project which could help to prevent the disappearance of UK grown strawberries due to changes in the weather by helping farmers combat the effects of climate change.


July 20, 2006

Responding to Water Scarcity

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=fertigation.mp3

Growers in the UK are having to get used to managing with less water. Changing climate patterns mean that techniques long established in Southern Europe are now being adapted for use further north.

Dr Jim Monaghan (Harper Adams University College) is leading research at Warwick HRI on Dynamic Fertigation, an irrigation system that not only saves water and fertilizer but also automatically respond to five day weather forecasts.


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