Crop protection consortia awarded £13.5m in funding

More than 30 projects put forward by business-led consortia from across the agriculture and crop protection industry are to receive support of more than £13.5m from the government to carry out applied research and development.

The investment, from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), has been awarded to 32 consortia in a competition entitled ‘New approaches to crop protection’.

The projects will develop technologies to help farmers and growers adapt to the specific challenges posed by recent changes to EU pesticide regulations that threaten the withdrawal of a number of key crop protection products, as well as supporting the broader aims of the TSB’s recently established Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform (SAF IP).