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Research Into Improved Crops Begins

15 March 2010

UK - A £6 million research initiative into the development of improved crops with higher yields and consistent, high-quality products has begun.

UK - Research Into Improved Crops Begins
The Crop Improvement Research Club (CIRC) is led by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), a £450 million body for agri-food studies.

Looking at oilseed rape, barley and wheat crops, the CIRC aims to increase the efficiency of nutrient use, better understand seed structure and germination and investigate factors that lead to crop spoilage in a bid to improve food production and security.

"There is huge potential to use science to improve key UK crops to benefit farmers and consumers," commented Dr Celia Caulcott, BBSRC director of innovation and skills.

The research hopes to increase volume and nutritional quality of food and reduce losses to pests and diseases, she continued.

Companies involved in the CIRC include BASF Plant Sciences, Elsoms Seeds, Limagrain UK, Monsanto UK, Syngenta Seeds and United Oilseeds Marketing.

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