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Agrimetrics, a big data centre for the whole agri-food industry, has been launched by George Eustice MP, Minister for Farming, Food and the Marine Environment, and George Freeman MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Life Sciences.

Agrimetrics has been awarded £11.8 million by the UK government through Innovate UK. Its founding partners are Rothamsted Research, the University of Reading, the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). The Centre, which will work with all business and universities, will engage with partners throughout the food system to enable detailed and collective understanding of the needs of farmers, food manufacturers, food retailers, consumers and the environment through the use of big data and analytical tools. This high-value collective information, will allow the identification of opportunities for innovation projects among the partners.

At the core of Agrimetrics is a big data science...

On March 18th, following the Chancellor's Budget, the UK Government announced that it will invest £12M in the first national Centre for Agricultural Innovation.

The new Centre for Agri-Informatics and Sustainability Metrics (AIMS) was proposed by a consortium of leading industry and academic partners including Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Rothamsted Research, the University of Reading, and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB).


With the funding secured, the consortium will work towards establishing the AIMS Centre over the next few months, with the Head Office based at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden.


Professor Jackie Hunter, BBSRC Chief Executive, says that AIMS will “help to deliver a step change in agricultural productivity to keep the UK at the forefront of the sector."


by Lindsay Williams

A new University of Edinburgh (UoE) –funded study is set to reopen the debate about genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).   The interactive project will ask members of the public and researchers to rank the acceptability of a variety of GMOs, ranging from basic foodstuffs to medicines.  The UoE PhD students behind the project hope that, in the process, participants will explore their own decision-making and assumptions about GMOs.  Here are five good reasons why we should be taking part in the GMO debate today:

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By Sarah Heath

The launch of Edinburgh Plant Science held at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh was a fantastic afternoon of talks from a wide variety of collaborators. The event served as a real eye-opener into the diverse range of plant research that is being carried out here in Edinburgh, from molecular biology research to future agricultural security. I caught up with some of the speakers at the drinks reception to find out their thoughts on the launch.  

Karen Halliday, EPS Director, described the launch as “very successful!” She was pleased that everything went to plan...