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£18M of Agri-Tech funding for UK-led projects

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News from: Defra

The Agri-Tech Catalyst, in which BBSRC is a major investor, has awarded 15 agricultural innovation projects a share of £18M to help accelerate agricultural innovation and their commercial viability.

This funding will help to support the growth of agricultural science and technology sectors in the UK, which already employs nearly four million people and is one of the world's fastest-growing markets.

The 15 projects will receive £12.1M funding from Government with £5.7M co-investment from industry. They are all led by UK companies and span three key areas of the agriculture sector – crops, livestock and aquaculture.

The Agri-Tech Catalyst, run by BBSRC and the Technology Strategy Board, forms part of the UK's Industrial Strategy for Agriculture – a long term plan and £160M government investment which sets out how the government, researchers and industry will build on the strengths of the UK agricultural technologies sector.

Names of the 15 Agri-tech Catalyst Award winning projects:

1) Antimicrobial technology to control disease in potato production

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2) Preservation and sequencing technology to address food security and production efficiency in the poultry sector

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3) New strawberries optimised for growing without soil

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4) Using light to extend the shelf-life of fresh produce

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5) An automated system for precision application of fertiliser and plant growth compounds

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6) Developing technology for an organic natural based pesticide

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7) Improving efficiency and reducing environmental harm of fertiliser production

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8) Wheat research and breeding project to improve food security in India and Pakistan

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9) Improving the production of farmed salmon to reduce its environmental impact

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10) Ground and aerial sensors to improve wheat production and breeding

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11) Increasing the efficiency and quality of strawberries grown without soil

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12) Protecting peas and beans from beetles without blanket insecticide spraying

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13) Optimising 'big data' to drive improvements in crop production and utilisation

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14) Breeding lamb for more taste and less waste by scanning live animals

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15) Technology to automatically monitor pigs for the early detection of health and welfare problems

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