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Co-Founders Rob Burleigh and Francis Dodds share their knowledge and insights into agricultural science, publishing and the latest news at Burleigh Dodds 
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Burleigh Dodds Crops Round Up 
06 May 2021 

How can food production be made more sustainable? 

food production, sustainable
Researchers from the University of Cambridge, UK have revealed a new approach that could be adopted to improve current food production and reduce the rate of global food insecurity. 
 
In their research, the scientists analysed circadian clock genes which allow for plants to recognise daily and seasonal rhythms. 
 
With a wealth of research already completed on these genes, the scientists have called for the agricultural sector to now instigate an exploitation of the circadian system. For the scientists, this exploitation represents itself in the development of a new process which they have coined: 'chronoculture'. 
 
Previous research has expressed that a plant's circadian system is extremely influential in the regulation of several functions that can either enhance or hinder yield, flowering time, nutrient and water use. 
 
Read the full article here. 

Editor Announcement 

 
We are delighted to announce that Professor Claas Nendel has agreed to edit our forthcoming collection: ‘Modelling climate change impacts on agricultural systems‘. 
 
Professor Nendel heads the Research Group on Landscape Modelling at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany. He is also Professor of Landscape Systems Analysis at the University of Potsdam. 
 
Read our full announcement here

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News 

crop irrigation, sustainable agriculture
Improving crop irrigation 
 
Researchers from the University of Illinois, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences have suggested implementable methods that can be used to improve the sector's current understanding and application of precision crop irrigation. The study identifies potential solutions that can be utilised at farm level - such as the use of remote sensing fusion technology and advanced modelling. [Read more here]. 
 
new wheat varieties
Developing new wheat varieties 
 
A new project led by researchers at the University of Alberta, Canada to develop new varieties of wheat is set to be financed by the Canadian Wheat Research Coalition (CWRC). The CWRC are committing a total of $2 million over a five-year agreement which will the development of five new varieties of earlier-maturing and higher-yielding wheat. [Read more here]. 
 
biopesticides, CHAP
Supporting biopesticide research 
 
A new tool that is claimed to support the research and development of biopesticides has been developed by an array of scientists working at Crop Health and Protection (CHAP), CABI and Fera. The National Reference Collection is the first of its kind to exist in the UK and offers unrestricted access to a supply of live isolates of fungi and bacteria. [Read more here]. 
 
 
bananas, African bananas
Investing in African bananas 
 
Greater investment is needed in African bananas to ensure resilience and improve sustainability, claims Afruibana - a recognised association for African banana producers. This claim was the result of a two-year report on the shrinking role of African bananas in the European market due to the emergence of Latin American bananas that are bought at a reduced fee in comparison. [Read more here]. 
 
BDS Related Chapter: Banana cultivation in Africa 

Upcoming Conferences 

ISRR 2021
The joint ISRR11 and ROOTING2021 conference will virtually be taking place at the end of the month, from 24th-28th May 2021. 
 
The meeting will bring together the global root research community to foster exchange and discuss new discoveries, developments and challenges in root biology. 
 
Download a PDF copy of the conference agenda here

New Title on Plant Root Science 

 
Editor 
Emeritus Professor Peter J. Gregory, University of Reading, UK 
 
About the Book 
The book features authoritative reviews of current research in all aspects of root science, including root growth regulators, root anatomy, nutrient acquisition and root system architecture. 
 
It discusses the responses of plant roots to abiotic and biotic stresses and how understanding nutrient uptake can be exploited to optimise root function. 
What Others are Saying... 
 
"This book brings together the foremost scientists in plant root research and promises to be a unique one-stop reference for the latest in root research. The chapters and topics are timely and important in exploiting our understanding of plant roots to help solve the resource challenges facing agriculture." 
 
Professor Michelle Watt, University of Bonn, Germany; Director - Institute of Bio and Geosciences 2 (IBG-2), Germany; President of the International Society of Root Research 

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Burleigh Dodds Livestock Round Up 
06 May 2021 

Promoting dairy cow welfare through herd improvement 

dairy cows, dairy welfare
With growing concern from consumers and regulatory agencies about the welfare of farmed animals such as dairy cows, the livestock sector must assess how animal welfare can be improved whilst ensuring livestock production remains economically and environmentally sustainable. 
 
A new article has assessed the importance of cow welfare in relation to the overall health status of the animal, as well as their ability to mitigate and deal with external and internal stress factors. 
 
The article details how dairy herd improvements (DHI) can be implemented to promote cow welfare and considers two major factors in achieving this: 
• Farm design and management practices 
• Farm nutrition and animal health status 
 
Read the full article here. 

New title explores improving dairy herd health 

 
Editor 
Professor Émile Bouchard, University of Montreal, Canada 
 
About the Book 
This collection reviews key challenges in dairy herd health management, 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. 

The Health and Welfare Collection 

 
 
Discover our collection of over 120 chapters that cover advances in understanding diseases affecting livestock and how they can be be better controlled. 
 
The collection also includes authoritative chapters that discuss our current understanding of farm animal welfare and how this can be optimised for future improvements. 
 
Find out more about the Health and Welfare collection here. 
 
Alternatively, browse our database and discover the collection suitable to your research/information needs. 
 
 

News 

poultry, biosecurity measures
Improving biosecurity measures 
 
The Australian Federal Government have responded to recent calls led by the National Farmers Federation to increase funding for improvements to the country's current biosecurity measures. The government announced that an investment of $371 million would be allocated to modernising and expanding Australia's biosecurity system. [Read more here]. 
 
dairy cattle, welfare, dairy welfare
Heat stress in dairy cattle 
 
With temperatures rising as a result of climate change, concerns around the comfortability and health of different livestock types, including dairy cattle, are high. To reduce the impact of heat stress, experts have suggested ensuring a combination of good roof insulation and a quality ventilation system. 
[Read more here]. 
 
BDS Related Insight: Heat stress in dairy cattle 
weaners, welfare
Enhancing weaner care and welfare 
 
A new article has suggested that issues relating to housing capacity can be avoided through consistent and direct weaner care. Whilst some producers decide to create additional spaces in the pig house, Roy Hannen instead opted to combine nutrition and hygiene to enhance the growth rate of his herd. 
[Read more here]. 
 
BDS Related Chapter: Welfare of weaned piglets 
 
sheep, sheep breeding
Key meeting for sheep breeders confirmed 
 
One of the most important meetings for sheep breeders and those interested in sheep production has been allocated an official date. The Sheep Breeders Round Table is set to take place from 15th-19th November 2021 in collaboration with multiple leading UK associations, such as the AHDB and the National Sheep Association. [Read more here]. 
 
BDS Related Chapter: Advances in sheep breeding 

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