Please find the latest journal publications from the Crop Centre listed below.
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Agricultural change in Copper Age Croatia (ca. 45002500 cal B.C)?
The Copper Age in the Carpathian Basin is marked by a distinct change in settlement patterns, material culture, social traditions and subsistence practices; however, few studies address the nature of crop cultivation in the region. This paper examines new archaeobotanical data from 13 Copper Age (ca. 4500–2500 cal BC) sites located in continental Croatia, in order to assess the extent to which crop agriculture may have changed and contributed to overall subsistence economies in the Copper Age.
Agricultural Innovation: Lessons from Medicine
Today, it is widely acknowledged that agriculture is at a crossroads. The need for greater productivity to cope with a growing population and changing consumer demands - coupled with the necessity that this be done sustainably by reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions - presents a number of challenges.
Volatiles from biofumigant plants have a direct effect on carpogenic germination of sclerotia and mycelial growth of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum
Sclerotia of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum survive in soil and germinate to produce apothecia which release airborne ascospores. Current control methods rely predominantly on the use of fungicides to kill ascospores. The aim of this research was to identify potential biofumigation treatments which suppress sclerotial germination, providing a potential alternative and long-term approach to disease management.
Crop Wild Relatives and Climate Change
Walley, P. G., and Moore, J. D. (2015). Biotechnology and genomics helping to understand and uncover the hidden potential of Crop Wild Relatives.
Two major challenges to continued global food security are the ever increasing demand for food products, and the unprecedented abiotic stresses that crops face due to climate change.
Registration of thermal and visible light images of diseased plants using silhouette extraction in the wavelet domain
Raza Shan-e-Ahmed, Sanchez Silva Victor, Prince Gillian, Clarkson John P and Rajpoot Nasir M
Identification of novel pesticides for use against glasshouse invertebrate pests in UK tomatoes and peppers
George DR, Banfield-Zanin JA, Collier R, Cross J, Birch ANE, Gwynn R, O'Neil T
To inform current and future pesticide availability to glasshouse vegetable growers, the current project trialled more than twenty products, including existing industry standards, against four key pests of glasshouse tomatoes and bell peppers. These included experimental conventional chemical pesticides as well as alternative biopesticide and biorational products based on phytochemicals, microbials and physically-acting substances. The results suggest that certain biopesticide products, particularly botanicals, provide good levels of pest control, with the same being true of experimental conventional chemical pesticides not yet recommended for use against these pests on these crops. Efforts are on-going to ensure that results of the current project translate to industry benefit via new pesticide approvals.