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Burleigh Dodds Crops Round Up 
08 July 2021 

Seaweed-based biostimulant used to offset heat stress 

potatoes, biostimulants, heat stress
With increasing concerns about the environmental impact of fertilisers, there is an urgent need for the sector to develop more sustainable methods of crop production. Biosolution products, such as biostimulants, are an exciting premise as they offer the potential to enhance yields through stimulation of the natural processes in crops. 
 
One farmer in Lincolnshire, UK has embraced this alternative method and has been treating his crops (wheat, potatoes and pumpkins) with a seaweed-based biostimulant (Algifol) since 2018. 
 
As weather patterns become more unpredictable, farmers must have the means to offset potential damage that can incur as a result of prolonged periods of drought and floods. 
 
Ryan Wrisdale of the Louth Potato Company applies Algifol to his crops to offset the effects of heat stress and other extreme weather conditions that can prove detrimental to one's yield. 
 
After the dry summer of 2018, Wrisdale's crops were suffering as a result of the hot weather and lack of an on-farm irrigation system. However, after the first application of Algifol the crops thrived, with potato crop yields averaging around seven - ten tonnes per acre. 
 
Read the full story here

The first comprehensive review of key advances in biostimulant research 

 
Edited by 
Youssef Rouphael, University of Naples Federico II, Italy 
Patrick du Jardin, University of Liège, Belgium 
Patrick Brown, University of California-Davis, USA 
Stefania De Pascale, University of Naples Federico II, Italy 
Giuseppe Colla, University of Tuscia, Italy 
 
About the book 
This collection covers the major groups of biostimulants, from humic substances and seaweed extracts to protein hydrolysates and plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR), as well as the practical application of biostimulants in areas such as enhancing nutrient use efficiency (NUE). 
What Others Are Saying... 
 
"In addition to being well written and structured, this book is edited by some of the most prominent authors in the field of biostimulants…It meets the need for a reliable and comprehensive review on current legislation, challenges and peer-reviewed scientific results…a comprehensive guide to the potential roles of the different biostimulant categories in sustainable agriculture." 
 
Chronica Horticulturae 

News 

vertical farming, indoor farming
Promoting vertical farming 
 
The Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) and the German Agricultural Society (DLG) are set to join forces in an effort to promote vertical farming and the associated benefits of its practice on a national and international level. As well as continuing with their funding and completion of research projects focused around indoor farming, AVF and DLG are developing a series of events in virtual and physical formats to bring together the global indoor farming community. [Read more here]. 
 
BDS Related Insight: Vertical farming in horticulture 
soils, soil health, sustainable agriculture
Incentivizing improving soil health 
 
At Cereals 2021 last week, George Eustice - Environment Secretary for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) - provided an update on the UK Government's post-Brexit Agricultural Transition Plan. Speaking to delegates, Eustice discussed the new reward scheme (Environmental Land Management Scheme) which will see farmers financially rewarded if they're using nature-friendly practices that have a reduced impact on the environment. [Read more here]. 
 
BDS Related Book: Improving soil health 

Discover the Soil Health Collection 

soil health, soil

International Symposium on Tropical Fruits (ISTF 2021) 

ISTF 2021
We're delighted to announce ourselves as the official Media Partner for the upcoming International Symposium on Tropical Fruits (ISTF 2021). 
 
About the Conference 
 
ISTF 2021 aims to provide a platform for stakeholders in the tropical fruit sector to discuss and respond to existing challenges, share industry information, experiences and research findings on value chain enhancements and postharvest management of tropical fruits. 
 
Conference Themes 
• Addressing Risks and Driving Innovations from Disruptions: Climate change, COVID-19 and Technological Disruptions 
• Best Practices and Innovations to Increase Productivity 
• Postharvest Innovations 
• Linking Farmers to Markets: Integration into the Value Chains 
• Consumer Trends and Expansion of Tropical Fruits in the Global Market 
 
Find out more about ISTF 2021 here

Title Insights 

Burleigh Dodds Livestock Round Up 
08 July 2021 

Preventing poultry disease with seaweed? 

poultry disease, poultry health
Straight from birth, chicks are at risk of being exposed to harmful pathogens responsible for some of the world's most devastating diseases to the sector, including Avian Influenza (AI) and salmonella. 
 
To reduce the risk of disease and offset flock losses, poultry farmers and producers integrate disease management strategies, such as spraying disinfectant mists and eliminating pests from housing systems prone to carrying disease. 
 
Although beneficial as a preventative measure, these strategies are ineffective against existing cases of disease. 
 
Acadian Seaplants have developed a seaweed supplement that is claimed to increase the rate of healthy bacteria in the poultry gut and its immune response to disease. The new supplement works in tandem with with the gut tract, further diversifying the microfauna within a poultry gut which makes it that bit more difficult for pathogens to kill their host. 
 
Read the full article here

New title explores the rise of macroalgae and microalgae farming 

 
Editor 
Professor Xingen Lei, Cornell University, USA 
 
Key Features 
• Summarises current advances in the use of seaweed and microalgae as alternative sources of protein primarily in the livestock sector 
• Provides an authoritative assessment on the need for alternative protein/energy sources in the agricultural market 
• Highlights the adaptability of seaweed/macroalgae for use across different diets (e.g. human, ruminant, swine, poultry, marine) 
Key Chapter 
 
Developing macroalgae and microalgae as feed for poultry: Xingen Lei, Cornell University, USA 

New 'We Are Dairy' Initiative Launched 

milk, 'We Are Dairy' Initiative, dairy, cows
Earlier this year, Deosan Agriculture and Promar International launched 'We Are Dairy' - a global initiative that celebrates all workers in the dairy industry and their role in reducing the sector's carbon footprint. 
 
With dairy production highlighted as a substantial contributor to agriculture's overall contribution to climate change, those who have developed the Initiative hope that an incentive of a prize worth $10,000 will encourage those who have made significant changes on their farms for the better of the environment to come forwards and be recognised for their work. 
 
Find out more about the new Initiative here
BDS Related Book 
 
Discover our forthcoming title Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production that reviews existing strategies implemented to mitigate GHG emissions primarily from dairy cattle production. 
 
Features authoritative insights from 45+ international experts on dairy cattle health and production. 

Key event for swine researchers 

2021 World Swine Industry Expo
The 10th Leman China Swine Conference will be held in Chongqing International Expo Center, 20-22nd October 2021. 
 
The conference will continue to invite authoritative swine raising experts from the United States, China and Europe to give lectures, bring advanced scientific solutions to the world swine industry for the participants, and share the latest international information and research achievements: 
• Biosafety 
• Disease prevention and control 
• Swine farm restoration 
• Swine breeding and production management technologies 
• Nutrition and feed production 
 
Discover more about the conference here

News 

heat stress, pigs, pig nutrition
Tackling heat stress in pigs using nutritional strategies 
 
As expected in the summer months, livestock species, including pigs are more prone to experiencing heat stress. Lallemand Animal Nutrition have published an article through Pig Progress that explores how pigs themselves can tackle the problem of heat stress and alleviate some consumer concerns surrounding animal welfare. The article assesses current strategies used to dissipate heat, such as heavy panting, increased breathing rate and decreasing the rate of digestion. [Read more here]. 
 
 
human health, animal feed
Enhancing human health through enriched animal feed? 
 
UK-based animal nutrition outfit Devenish and Canadian-based biotechnology company Mara Renewables Corporation have joined forces to develop a new business with products which they claim can improve human health and nutrition. Less than 20% of the global population have the required intake of omega-3 in their diets despite the recognised health benefits of it. The new venture will see the introduction of a patented omega-3 solution to animal feed that naturally enriches poultry eggs and meat.  
[Read more here]. 
 
dairy herd, dairy health, lameness
The role of the 'digital cushion' in preventing lameness in cattle 
 
Previous research by the University of Nottingham, UK determined that a cattle's body condition score (BCS) plays an important role in preventing or allowing lameness. Since the publication of these findings, more research has been undertaken on the relationship between BCS, the digital cushions in cow's claws and the occurrence of lameness. Recent research by Wilson et al., 2021 assessed the digital cushion volume of 98 culled cows. [Read more here]. 
 
pigs, genetic engineering
Gene-edited pork on the horizon? 
 
A team of Researchers at The Roslin Institute, UK have suggested that meat from gene-edited pigs will be on sale in our UK supermarkets within five years. The claim comes after researchers from the Institute agreed in principle with UK-based animal genetics company - Genus PLC - to breed the world's first pigs resistant to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS). With repeated attempts to develop a vaccine against PRRS, some scientists have suggested that gene-editing could remove the threat of disease completely. [Read more here]. 
 

New for July 

 
Editor 
Professor Émile Bouchard, University of Montreal, Canada 
 
About the Book 
This book reviews key challenges in dairy herd health management (HHM), such as effective monitoring and diagnosis of infectious diseases, as well as recent developments in areas such as disease prevention and disease surveillance. 
 
It reviews HHM issues across the dairy cow life cycle, from reproduction and calf health to the transition stage and replacement of stock. 

Title Insights 

Burleigh Dodds Crops Round Up 
01 July 2021 

New central hub for banana research launched by Bioversity International 

bananas, MusaNet
First launched in 2011, MusaNet is a webpage managed by Bioversity International that compiles key research and need-to-know information on bananas. The site acts as a global collaborative network for those working in Musa-related research. 
 
Recognised as a key resource within the horticultural science community, Bioversity have, as a result, invested resources in improving the website, enhancing user experience to ensure that all resources are accessible through one portal. 
 
The newly-improved site holds over 18,000 published articles on banana research, covering all aspects of the value chain, from breeding to postharvest, and has has an extensive image bank that can be accessed to further research and improve one's own knowledge on banana cultivation. 
 
Read more about this new site here

Discover our comprehensive two-volume collection on sustainable banana cultivation 

 
Edited by 
Professor Gert H. J. Kema, Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands and Professor André Drenth, University of Queensland, Australia. 
Achieving sustainable cultivation of bananas - Volume 1
Key Features 
• Assesses current yields in different regions and constraints in improving productivity 
• Discusses all the key stages in cultivation needed to make banana production more efficient 
• Reviews ways of assessing and improving the sustainability of banana cultivation 
Achieving sustainable cultivation of bananas - Volume 2
Key Features 
• Focus on key issues in expanding the genetic base for Musa 
• Covers methods for improving fertility, resistance and other traits in Cavendish 
• Reviews the range of conventional and modern molecular techniques for breeding new banana varieties 

New report published by the UK Climate Change Committee 

Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA3) Report
The Climate Change Committee have recently published the UK Government's Third Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA3) Report. 
 
The report has identified key risks to UK agriculture as a result of climate change, including risks to: 
• soil health from increased flood and drought 
• crops and livestock from increased abiotic threats (e.g. drought)/biotic threats (e.g. insect pests), including invasive species 
• aquifers and other water sources available for irrigation 
• biodiversity and genetic diversity (which impacts on agriculture) 
 
Download the full CCRA3 Report here

New title addresses the importance of measuring soil health 

 
Edited by 
Professor Wilfred Otten, Cranfield University, UK 
 
About the book 
This new book reviews the development of better analytical techniques to measure the biological, physical and chemical properties of soils and discusses their implications for better management of farm soils. 
 
Sample content 
Not sure what you're getting if you buy this book? Click here to open a PDF and preview pages from the book. 

News 

barley, cereal crops
Enhancing barley yields 
 
A team of researchers from the University of Adelaide, Australia have identified a mechanism in barley crops which they claim could improve rate of yield, despite rising temperatures. Rising temperatures are known to impact crop yield through reducing the number of seeds that each crop/plant can produce. The researchers tackled this in their study, and explored whether seed production could be increased through the reproductive mechanisms that respond to above-average temperatures.  
[Read more here]. 
 
global food insecurity
Tackling global food insecurity 
 
Achieving global food security in the face of climate change and a rising population is one of agriculture's biggest challenges to date. A team of researchers from the University of Birmingham, UK have explored the viability of using nanotech and AI systems as a means of tackling this challenge. The researchers looked primarily at the use of precision agriculture which sees farmers respond in real-time to changes in crop growth and performance. [Read more here]. 
 

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Title Insights 

Burleigh Dodds Livestock Round Up 
01 July 2021 

New report published by the UK Climate Change Committee 

UK Climate Change Committee
The Climate Change Committee have recently published the UK Government's Third Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA3) Report. 
 
The report has identified key risks to UK agriculture as a result of climate change, including risks to: 
• soil health from increased flood and drought 
• crops and livestock from increased abiotic threats (e.g. drought)/biotic threats (e.g. insect pests), including invasive species 
• aquifers and other water sources available for irrigation 
• biodiversity and genetic diversity (which impacts on agriculture) 
 
Download the full CCRA3 Report here

Key resource on the impact of climate change on agriculture 

 
Editor 
Dr Delphine Deryng, Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys), Humboldt University, Germany 
 
Key Features 
• Provides a more holistic approach by combining research both on the impacts of climate change on agriculture and the contribution of agriculture to climate change 
• Highlights advances in ways of predicting the effects of agriculture and climate change on one another 
• Builds on this foundation to outline key mitigation strategies to achieve a more ‘climate-smart’ agriculture 
Open Access 
 
If you're currently writing a chapter for any of our forthcoming publications, or would like to submit a chapter and are interested in the possibility of publishing it as Open Access (OA) please Contact Us to discuss the options available and the next steps. 
 
Browse our range of Open Access (OA) chapters here. 

Stay updated with us! 

 
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News 

chicken welfare, animal welfare, the humane league
UK supermarkets behind on ensuring animal welfare 
 
A recent survey commissioned by The Humane League has revealed that a great majority of the UK supermarkets are not as in tune with ensuring animal welfare in comparison to other food industry sectors who have committed themselves to the Better Chicken Commitment (BCC). Of the major supermarkets in the UK, currently only Waitrose and Marks and Spencers have signed this initiative, leaving behind the likes of Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons, Asda and more. [Read more here]. 
 
amino acids, pigs, heat stress
Using amino acids to tackle heat stress 
 
A new article has assessed whether amino acids can be utilised to reduce the risk of heat stress in pigs. Heat stress can occur when a pig is exposed to temperatures of 31°c and above. A combination of research has determined that a nutritional strategy based upon reducing crude protein levels, whilst also stepping up the presence of amino acids can assist farmers and producers with eliminating the effects of heat stress in grower pigs. [Read more here]. 
 
BDS Related Chapter: Welfare of pigs during finishing 
ruminants, ruminant feed, animal feed
Ensuring protein supply in ruminant feed 
 
Dairy cows receive their protein from two sources: feed protein and microbial protein. A new article published by Dairy Global has explored the role of the rumen in ensuring that the cow receives enough protein so its performance is not hindered. The rumen is where the majority of feed protein breakdown occurs, however if elements of the protein do not degrade, there is also an opportunity for these tougher proteins to be digested in the intestine. [Read more here]. 
 
poultry, campylobacter, zoonoses
Tackling Campylobacter in poultry 
 
A team of researchers from the Roslin Institute, UK have identified key genes in chicken guts that have the potential to determine whether a bird is resistant to Campylobacter. This latest research has been well received and could encourage more research into the breeding of birds with reduced chances of carrying Campylobacter bacteria. This would in turn, limit the risk of food poisoning in humans that develops as a result of consuming food tainted with Campylobacter. [Read more here]. 
 

In case you missed it... 

 
Editor 
Dr Navaratnam Partheeban, formerly Royal Agricultural University, UK 
 
Key Features 
• Comprehensive coverage of advances in optimising all the key steps in developing successful new animal feed products, from assessing feed ingredients, product development and processing to maintaining quality and safety 
• Covers latest research on understanding and improving animal feed conversion efficiency 
• Particular focus on the key issue of feed safety, particularly preventing mycotoxin and other contamination risks 

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