Organization profile

Organisation profile

Our research is intended to underpin the development of resilient and sustainable systems of crop production that are economically viable, but also environmentally and socially acceptable. We achieve this through a combination of systems research at the farm level and specific research into:

  • Approaches to crop protection which minimise agrochemical use and maximise the efficiency of the plant's inherent defences
  • Phenotype and genotype analysis for improved resource use efficiency, spatial modelling of rooting systems
  • Improving soil quality, nutrient cycling and use
  • Limiting harmful impacts such as  GHG emissions
  • Soil management
  • Modelling agricultural systems
  • Crop rotations
  • Improving the sustainability of cropping systems design

We make extensive use of a range of modelling techniques to understand farming systems and to extrapolate wider messages from the experimental data. The methods used range from statistical analysis of data, meta-analysis, and dynamic deterministic models of cropping and soil systems. In addition the team evaluate new methodological applications for their potential to contribute to ongoing modelling projects. For further details on modelling interests see profiles below.

The Applied Practice team aims to provide a clear route to practice for the research undertaken within the Group, to be a two-way conduit for messages from our research to a wider range of stakeholders and to receive intelligence to help drive future research within the Group.

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barley Agriculture & Biology
Ramularia Agriculture & Biology
crops Agriculture & Biology
soil Earth & Environmental Sciences
Cygnus Agriculture & Biology
spring barley Agriculture & Biology
leaf spot Agriculture & Biology
nitrous oxide Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Jane Atterton

Person: Academic contract that is research only

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John Baddeley

Person: Academic contract that is research only

Photo of Ian Bingham

Ian Bingham

Person: Academic contract that is research only


Projects 2013 2023

Research Output 1988 2020

11 Downloads (Pure)

Breeders’ views on the production of new and orphan crops in Africa: a survey of constraints and opportunities

Dawson, ID., Barnes, AP., Jamnadass, R., Danquah, E., Mumm, R. H., Hoad, SP., Burnett, FJ., Hale, I., Mausch, K., Hendre, P., Powell, W. & Revoredo-Giha, C., May 2019, Working Paper No. 296 ed., World Agroforestry United Nations, 46 p.

Research output: Working paperResearch

Open Access
plant breeders
genetic improvement
healthy diet
crop production

Can community interventions change resilience? Fostering perceptions of individual and community resilience in rural places

Markantoni, M., Steiner, AA. & Meador, JE., 15 Mar 2019, In : Community Development Journal. 50, 2, p. 238-255 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

local participation
rural community
enabling state
1 Citation (Scopus)
4 Downloads (Pure)

Conceptual framework underpinning management of soil health - supporting site-specific delivery of sustainable agro-ecosystems

Stockdale, EA., Griffiths, BS., Hargreaves, PR., Bhogal, A., Crotty, FV. & Watson, CA., May 2019, In : Food and Energy Security. 8, 2, 18 p., e00158.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
conceptual framework
landscape ecology

Activities 2000 2019

Maximising the Margins - Scottish Land and Estates Annual Conference

Jayne Glass (Participant)
15 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

A Social Justice Approach to Community Land, Energy and Forestry

Jayne Glass (Participant)
29 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

Annual briefing (2019) to Scotgrain and Bairds Malt farmers

Steve Hoad (Consultant)
22 Jul 2019

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy


Press / Media