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BEAT2

The Biomass Environmental Assessment Tool (BEAT2), provided by Defra, the Biomass Energy Centre and the Environment Agency as an aid to assessing the likely environmental impact of a biomass energy project

BEAT2 was developed by AEA in association with North Energy Associates

More information about the BEAT2 Tool can be found here

The BEAT2 software is available for download from the Biomass Energy Centre website
Added: 07/11/2008
The Non - Food Uses of Crops: Supply Chain Assessment and Development R&D Programme was set up in order to acquire and disseminate knowledge on industrial scale application of non-food crop technologies. Its purpose was to support targeted collaborative projects that examine the non-food crop technology at a commercially relevant scale.

A Programme Review took place on Wednesday 27 June 2007 at the DTI Conference Centre in London. The aims of this meeting was to present the results from the projects that were supported under this programme and to assess whether the programme's objectives have been met.

The subsequent Report of the NF06 Review is now available.

For further information please contact the Farming and Food Science Division Admin Team: adminteam@defra.gsi.gov.uk
Added: 07/01/2008
The Defra Horticulture LINK 2007 event will take place on Wednesday 28th November at the LEWIS Media Centre.

This is a free opportunity to hear top industry and science speakers highlight the potential impact of new R&D in industry.

For further information please contact the HortLINK Admin Team:
adminteam@defra.gsi.gov.uk
Added: 28/09/2007
The Defra Sustainable Farming and Food Science Stakeholder Event took place on 21 February 2007.

The subsequent Report of this event is available here.

For further information please contact the Farming and Food Science Division Admin Team: adminteam@defra.gsi.gov.uk
Added: 16/05/2007
The Non - Food Uses of Crops: Supply Chain Assessment and Development R&D Programme was set up in order to acquire and disseminate knowledge on industrial scale application of non-food crop technologies. Its purpose was to support targeted collaborative projects that examine the non-food crop technology at a commercially relevant scale.

The Programme Review takes place on Wednesday 27 June 2007 at the DTI Conference Centre in London. The aims of this meeting are to present the results from the projects that were supported under this programme and to assess whether the programme's objectives have been met. This event is free : Registration form.
Added: 16/05/2007


Call for Research Proposals
The Horticulture Link (HortLINK) Programme Management Committee invites Concept Notes which are founded on innovative and collaborative science, demonstrate a route to eventual commercialisation and address objectives which include the following:

  • Improving crop water use efficiency and reducing diffuse pollution
  • Innovative technologies to improve energy efficiency, significantly reducing emissions of CO2
  • Tackling wastage in production and processing, including recycling
  • New crop management techniques which encourage and harness functional biodiversity


  • The PMC will select promising bids and invite Full Proposals with a view to making recommendations for funding effective from 1st April 2008

    A Call for Research March 2007 - Information Document can be found on the HortLINK pages

    Or contact Dr David Cole:
    Email: david.cole@defra.gsi.gov.uk
    Tel: 0207 238 1543
    Fax: 0207 238 1540
    Added: 08/03/2007
    Sustainable Farming and Food Science Stakeholder Event: 21 February 2007

    Please watch this space as presentation material will be available on request at a later date. If you would like some further information please email the Sustainable Farming and Food Science Division Admin Team
    Email: adminteam@defra.gsi.gov.uk
    Added: 16/02/2007
    Innovative Technologies to save energy, waste and cost

    Rothamsted Conference Centre, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2JQ

    15 June 2006

    The Advanced Food Manufacturing LINK Programme has supported several research projects on improving resource use efficiency and reducing waste generation throughout the food industry. It is now timely to disseminate some of the generated knowledge and to discuss future research needs to support the food industry effectively. The aims of the meeting are to present results from the LINK-supported projects, introduce some new research areas, stimulate discussion of new ideas and promote further interaction between UK academics and industry.

    For further details about the event and how to register please click here.
    Added: 01/06/2006
    Irrigation Best Practice: Water Management for Potatoes
    A Guide for Growers


    Water is a vital component of potato production. It is essential to maximise both yield and quality. This Best Practice Guide aims to address the key aspects of water and irrigation management appropriate to potato production.

    Emphasis is given to correct management of water application, both in terms of scheduling and field equipment. This Guide also focuses on the crop quality aspects of irrigation, especially as it affects diseases, pests, disorders and damage.

    Environmental considerations are playing an increasing role in the production and marketing of all crops, including potatoes. Careful and effective irrigation management will form part of these considerations, as well as helping the grower to continue producing profitable potato crops.

    Copies of the best practice guide can be obtained by emailing Ian.Senior@defra.gsi.gov.uk
    Added: 10/02/2006
    Call for Expressions of Interest

    Bridge-LINK Proposals aimed at food manufacturing process improvements leading to reductions in the amount of physical waste generated.

    For further information please visit http://www.defra.gov.uk/science/funding/competitions.htm
    Added: 10/02/2006
    Horticulture LINK Conference, London, February 2006

    Following on from the success of previous events, the Horticulture LINK Programme will be staging a promotional and partnering conference at the Westminster Thistle Hotel on Thursday 23rd February 2006.

    Speakers will present progress in a range of exciting recently awarded projects under the themes Waste, Water and Weeds and Improving Crop Quality. Defra will unveil new priorities towards which future funding of collaborative R&D with industry through LINK should be focussed.

    This is a great opportunity for scientists and growers to meet and get involved in new research proposals that can help move new science forward for the benefit of the horticulture industry.

    Participation is free and includes lunch. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so to reserve your place, please contact the Programme Co-ordinator Dr David Cole (Email: david.cole@defra.gsi.gov.uk; Tel: 020 7238 1541).

    More information about the Horticulture LINK programme can be found here.
    Added: 03/01/2006
    Call for Expressions of Interest

    Bridge-LINK Proposals aimed at understanding the compositional, structural and functional properties associated with the delivery of palatable yet positive nutrition, with the aim to reduce saturated fats, sugar or salt in processed food

    For further information please visit http://www.defra.gov.uk/science/funding/competitions.htm
    Added: 08/12/2005
    Arable Crop Protection in the Balance: Profit and the Environment.

    Defra, through the Sustainable Arable LINK Programme, is providing sponsorship for the HGCA R&D Conference, which will be held at Belton Woods Hotel, Lincolnshire from 25-26 January. The programme includes sessions on challenges for farming; disease, pest and weed management; and mitigating the environmental impact of arable cropping. Projects from the Sustainable Arable LINK Programme will be featured in poster sessions and several project leaders of Sustainable Arable LINK projects are guest speakers. HGCA is an industrial partner in a number of Sustainable Arable LINK projects. For more information, click here.
    Added: 14/11/2005
    REPORT ON SAFEGUARDING THE FUTURE OF THE NATIONAL FRUIT COLLECTIONS

    Defra is holding an open meeting to discuss a report, recently completed for Defra by Imperial College at Wye, on safeguarding the future of the National Fruit Collections. The meeting will consist of a presentation from the report?s authors followed by question and answer session. It is our intention to make the meeting open to others on application although we are limited by the size of the room, and by the need to keep the meeting small enough to ensure good audience interaction. The meeting will take place on the morning of 15 December in London, and will end with a lunch.

    There are a limited number of spaces available to the public. Please contact horticulture@defra.gsi.gov.uk if you would like to come.

    For further information on the project (code number GC0137STF) go to the Defra website:
    Project search , and find "GC0137" using the search facility provided. A downloadable version of the final report and associated documents is available on-line.
    Added: 10/11/2005
    A new LINK programme, Renewable Materials LINK Programme, was launched on 3 November by Lord Bach, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Lords) for Sustainable Farming and Food at the Green Supply Chain 2005 Conference held at the National Non-Food Crops Centre. The new Programme is sponsored by Defra and BBSRC. Press
    Added: 09/11/2005
    Projects from the Sustainable Arable LINK Programme, sponsored by Defra, BBSRC and SEERAD, will be featured at HGCA's R&D Conference on "Arable Crop Protection in the Balance: Profit and the Environment". For more details, click here. Defra has provided sponsorship for this conference.
    Added: 09/11/2005
    Wheat Genetic Improvment Network's Annual Stakeholder Meeting

    22 November 2005

    The WGIN "Stakeholders' Forum" meets annually and comprises the full management team, breeders, other research customers(eg. HGCA, SCRI )and scientists with shared interests and "end-users" such as millers, bakers and food processors to provide a critique of past activities and future plans. Together, these groups represent the substantial majority of the UK's expertise related to wheat genetics, breeding and end use. The meeting affords an opportunity to discuss existing problems and identify resources and approaches to address them. The meeting also serves as an opportunity to report on progress in WGIN and other relevant R&D.

    About The Wheat Genetic Improvement Network - WGIN is a Defra-funded project that aims to generate pre-breeding material carrying novel traits to breeders. It also facilitates access to advanced breeding technologies thereby ensuring the means are available to produce new, improved wheat varieties, which are essential to improving the sustainability of wheat production. The project co-ordinates and improves communication between the research base and industry. For information on participating, please contact wgin.defra@bbsrc.ac.uk.
    Added: 24/08/2005
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