£13 Million to be invested in development of new crop protection technologies

13 Oct 2009


New technologies are to be developed that will help crop growers to respond to the dual challenges of increasing productivity while reducing the environmental impact of crop production. 

The ‘New Approaches to Crop Protection' funding competition will see investment of up to £13 million by the Technology Strategy Board, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). 

The investment will help to fund the development of crop protection technologies, products and services that enable sustainable agricultural production and which comply with forthcoming EU regulations.

Explaining why the Technology Strategy Board decided to invest in this area, Paul Mason, the Board's Head of Development, said: "This initiative aims to help meet new and existing EU regulations on the approval and use of pesticides - some widely used insecticides, fungicides and weed control products are likely to lose their approval next year."

"We are looking for proposals that will develop novel technologies, products and services that can be deployed across the crop-growing supply chain.  This competition is particularly relevant to businesses in sectors such as arable crops, horticulture, grasses, forage crops and crops for biofuel and other non-food uses", he added.

The competition is the first initiative from the newly established Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform.  The platform aims to bring government, business and researchers together to stimulate the development of new technologies that will increase food productivity, while decreasing the environmental impact of the food and farming industries.  Investment of up to £75 million will be made over the next five years in innovative technological research and development in areas such as crop productivity, sustainable livestock production, waste reduction and management and greenhouse gas reduction.

More information on this competition and how to apply is available at http://www.innovateuk.org/deliveringinnovation/forthcomingcompetitions.ashx or via the competitions help line at 01355 272155.

Download the competition brief here: http://www.innovateuk.org/_assets/pdf/CropProtectionCompFlyer.pdf

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Claire Cunningham, Media Relations Manager
Technology Strategy Board
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