Park Partner John Innes Centre has unveiled its brand new Dorothea de Winton Field Station this week that will be a key component in a smart-farming revolution.
The state of the art building features laboratories and cutting-edge facilities used in genetic research to make major crops more nutritious, disease resistant and climate resilient.
It will enable scientists at the John Innes Centre and colleagues across the Norwich Research Park to take genetic improvements seen in labs and glasshouses and trial them in a realistic commercial farm setting.
Major crops trialed in the 20 hectares of trial plots surrounding the building include wheat, pea, barley and oilseed rape.
The £4.3m facility in Bawburgh near Norwich was officially opened by National Farmers’ Union President Minette Batters this week. “It is wonderful to see this centre out in the field. We need to make sure that farmers, scientists, technicians, agronomists are delivering from the lab and glasshouse into the field. The future is smart, evidence-based farming and this development enables that,” she said.
The 1.700 square meter building includes two laboratories, climate-controlled grain storage, meeting rooms, seed processing equipment and agricultural machinery storage.
Professor Dale Sanders, director of the John Innes Centre welcomed a gathering of science, agriculture and public policy communities at the opening.“This is terribly exciting time to work in crop science. It is impossible to underestimate the recent revolution in the field of wheat biology,” said Professor Sanders.
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