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Durham University

Department of Geography

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DEFRA - Sustainable Arable Link Programme

(16 September 2005)

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs solicits proposals under its sustainable arable Link programme. This supports the arable sector’s own research efforts, awarding grants to consortia of industry and academia.

The programme seeks to: improve the resource productivity of the UK arable industry; promote sustainable, diverse, modern and adaptable farming; improve the rural economy; lessen adverse environmental impacts of the arable sector; and enhance biodiversity and the rural environment.

Eight key areas require research and development:

•novel methods of pest, disease and weed control;

•diagnostics and monitoring of pests and pathogens;

•strategies for control of resistance to pesticides;

•biotechnology, breeding and agronomy for specific end-uses;

•novel strategies for applying nutrients and reducing their loss to the environment;

•sustainable soil management systems;

•decision support systems;

•precision farming.