Innovation in crop production for productivity and biodiversity was held on 9 September 2009 at Syngenta, Jealott's Hill and was organised by SCI's BioResources Group.
The conference addressed the battle against pests, diseases and weeds which threaten crop yields. There was a focus on the development of resistance, by the effectiveness of materials available for control and the imperative to consider the impact of treatments on non-target organisms, the environment and biodiversity. Progress in both chemical- and biotechnology-based technology was also covered, concentrating on discovery companies whose R&D groups drive crop management forward, particularly at a time when increases in agricultural productivity are crucial to the global food supply.
The seed: an ideal delivery mechanism for customer benefits (pdf 1.8Mb)
Martin Battersby, Syngenta Seeds
New genes for agriculture - beyond two traits and three crops (pdf 5.3Mb)
David Fischoff, Monsanto
Using a Molecular Understanding of Native Genetic Variation to Enhance Crop Productivity (pdf 2.1Mb)
John Bedbrook, DuPont
David Evans, ex-Head, Research and Technology, Syngenta
How can biocontrol be realistically delivered? (pdf 3.4Mb)
John Pickett, Rothamsted Research
The role of biological fungicides in conventional agriculture
Philip Lane, BASF
Innovation: past and future (pdf 650Kb)
David Lawrence, Syngenta
- 'Very energising!'
- 'Top rate scientists giving a fantastic overview of a variety of fields'