Thursday, 27 September 2012

University Celebrates Over Forty years of Agricultural Research

Our long tradition of agricultural teaching and research at the University was celebrated at the Crop Protection, Conservation and Communication Conference on Thursday 20th September - where the speakers were graduates from the University and provided a passionate insight into their areas of work and research.

The event marked the achievements of graduates in Biology and Environmental Studies and the MSc in Environmental Management, launched new agricultural modules on the MSc in Environmental Management and also celebrated the MBE awarded to Dr Avice Hall earlier this year.
Dr Hall MBE, a lecturer and researcher in plant pathology at the University for more than forty years, has seen many students come through the doors.  She thought that it was great to see so many graduates and researchers at the event and see how the courses they studied here have underpinned their entire careers.

Agriculture faces many challenges, not least coping with the rising demand for food due to the increasing population and meeting the demands for a more sustainable industry.  Agricultural research carried out at the University is critical to understanding crop biology and crop protection, and is pivotal in developing and protecting our food security.  The new specialist modules on crop protection for the MSc in Environmental Management will educate the next generation of crop scientists in these issues, where science is balanced with the practical demands of the food producer.
Keynote speaker, Professor John Lucas, former head of microbiology and plant pathology at Rothamsted Research commented on the breadth of skills of the University’s graduates - the diversity of their experience together with their range of skills is inspiring and will be vital if we are to make progress on solving today’s food security issues.

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