Cambridge-India Network for Translational Research in Nitrogen

Lead Research Organisation: National Inst of Agricultural Botany
Department Name: Genetics and Breeding

Abstract

Optimising biological nitrogen (N) use is pivotal to maximizing crop yields and ameliorating the adverse environmental impacts of excess agricultural N application. New opportunity exists to provide solutions to cereal crop N use via the translation of basic research into application. The Cambridge-India Network for Translational Research in N (CINTRIN) will establish a complete but flexible pipeline connecting developmental research, crop breeding, agritechnology and extension. The framework of CINTRIN will be provided by the University of Cambridge, NIAB and ADAS, together with ICRISAT, Punjab Agricultural University, NIPGR and the technology companies KisanHub (SME) and BenchBio (SME). The framework partners are widely connected, opening many opportunitites to expand and extend the VJC in future.

CINTRIN will provide innovative approaches to tackle crop biological N use. Firstly, it will promote a new understanding of the underpinning science associated with optimization of crop N use, built on an exciting new discovery of distinct life history strategies for N use in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. This work has identified N sensitive (NS) and N insensitive (NIS) types which vary fundamentally in their developmental response to N. This work indicates that the ability to protect seed yield under low N supply appears to come at the expense of the ability to exploit high N supply effectively. This model for developmental N use has the potential to revolutionise the way we think about the N requirements and uses of crops.

Within CINTRIN, a translational pipeline will couple the molecular basis of plant development to the physiology of N uptake and partitioning. Through advanced genomics and pre-breeding, new N ideotypes will be defined in crops important for the UK (wheat) and India (wheat, sorghum, pearl and foxtail millet). Field observations and data- driven methods of technology transfer will allow dissemination of the results and ultimately advice on cultivar-specific fertiliser N application to be offered directly to farmers. Secondly, the exchanges in personnel between India and the UK via CINTRIN will enhance the skills of the next generation of plant technologists and provide an exemplar for building capacity in fundamental plant sciences and translation into germplasm and agronomic outputs in both the UK and India. Thirdly, CINTRIN will build on the enterprise and spin-out capacity associated with existing Cambridge and India SME alliances, whereby knowledge can be harnessed by industry to develop wealth and employment in the agri-tech sector.

Overall, the vision for CINTRIN is that networks of applied expertise will feed-forward from advances in developmental biology, through to genomics-led pre-breeding of cereal crop staples with optimal biological N use. The JVC will assimilate feedback from CINTRIN translational and outreach activities which relate to sustainable intensification and yield resilience, particularly via farmer networks in the UK and India. In the UK this will be linked to the Defra Sustainable Intensification Platform (SIP; NIAB leads Project 1, investigating Integrated Farm Management for improved economic, environmental and social performance with a group of 30 partners spanning universities, research institutes, farming industry and environmental organisations).

CINTRIN will deliver a translational pipeline to produce new ideotypes for optimized N use in agriculture. It will provide training in developmental research, and new knowledge relevant to underpinning optimal biological N use for sustainable intensification. It will promote excellence in science in both the UK and India and provide innovation for application in commercial farming activities.

Planned Impact

CINTRIN has the potential to deliver extensive scientific, economic and societal impact in the context of crop breeding and improvement in both the UK and India. The major beneficiaries will be:

(i) Scientists, who will benefit from increased basic knowledge of nitrogen in development, and from experience of collaborative working between key expertise in the UK and India, and with technology partners and non-specialists.
(ii) Farmers, who will benefit through advice concerning application of nitrogen targeted to the needs of specific varieties, as well as form a broader general appreciation of the complexity of crop nitrogen requirements. Additional impact will be realised via the development and dissemination of new technology platforms to support on-farm N application.
(iii) Crop breeders, who will benefit from new knowledge which will enable the selection of varieties adapted to the inevitable reduction in nitrogen use which will be demanded by future variety registration practices. For some crops (wheat, sorghum, pearl and foxtail millet) germplasm will be available before the end of the project. Project impact will rely on developing the wider network to include plant breeders in both India and the UK. The core partners have existing links which will be utilised to ensure material reaches commercial breeders.
(iv) Policy makers, particularly in India, who will benefit from sharing of knowledge that can be used to develop legislation limiting nitrogen use and the wider agronomic/production implications of this.
(v) Wider society, who will ultimately benefit through reduction in agro-chemical inputs and increased food security.

None of these impacts could be achieved without the establishment of the proposed partnership.

The potential impact will be widened via the project-specific interactive website. CINTRIN will also use the resources and reputation of NIAB Innovation Farm in the UK and ICRISAT and PAU in India to promote the project to industry, including an annual event. In addition, all partners will use their own well established social media outlets.
 
Title Photograph of 
Description Photograph of the farmers' friendly gadget 'PAU-Leaf Colour Chart' to decide need based N applications in all the major cereal crops including rice, basmati rice, maize and wheat, he added. The PAU-LCC helps to achieve 15 to 25 percent average saving of fertilizer nitrogen in cereal crops, from Punjab Agricultural University 
Type Of Art Image 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact dissemination to a wider audience 
URL http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/documents/bbsrc-newton-fund-partnerships-pdf/
 
Description Year 3 of the project is complete and all deliverables are on track (the Annual Report is available).
Specifically:
1) New knowledge has been generated on optimal N use in key cereal crops for India and the UK: wheat, pearl & foxtail millet.
2) Exchanges and placements between UK-India members enabled the co-design of methods used and contributed to the training of young researchers from partner institutions.
3) Exchanges and engagement activities have also enabled the identification of future collaboration research areas, including the recently funded TIGR2ESS project led by Cambridge University, a new collaboration with two research institutes in Pakistan (CECOS University and Peshawar Agricultural University) as well as identifying new collaborative opportunities with members of the other Indo-UK Virtual Joint Centres on agricultural Nitrogen use.
CINTRIN has also embarked on an agricultural extension programme promoting reduced crop N application to five "adopted" villages in the Punjab, India. The success of this initiative relies on the careful calibration of farmer decision support tools to suit the crop varieties locally grown, and indicates the importance of the active involvement of farming communities for the successful dissemination of knowledge products.
Key results to date:
WP1 focused on determining the regulation of biological N use in model species to prime translation to key cereal crops. Optimal N supply strategy for seed yield was established in Arabidopsis and Brachypodium NS (Nitrogen sensitive) and NIS (Nitrogen insensitive) lines using N pulsing experiments. A high-throughput screen for the large-scale testing of N response in Brachypodium has been developed. A planned GWAS experiment has been modified to a biparental RIL screen to identify NS and NIS genotypes in Brachypodium, and the candidate genes for N response. Analysis of the data is underway. Surveys have been conducted in the UK and in India to ascertain N response variation in wheat, sorghum, pearl and foxtail millet germplasm to identify ideotypes with differential N use (NS/NIS) types and associated genetic markers for use in initiation of pre-breeding. Additional work not in the original proposal carried out includes a collaboration with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) to analyse fodder digestibility response under varied N-regimes in 60 accessions of sorghum.
WP2 set to develop methodologies for high-throughput screening to evaluate genetic variation in N use and resource allocation in Brachypodium, wheat, pearl millet and sorghum. The results of these experiments have been used to inform field trials (WP4) and to identify high yield low N optimum (HYLO) ideotypes for pre-breeding. A screening method was developed to measure Nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) responses in pots for wheat in the UK, with good correlation of results derived from field trial sites. Measurements were also conducted in optiplots field experiments to correlate data on yield and economic N optima. Physiological partitioning and allocation of N to grains in specific NIS and NS accessions was analysed in foxtail millet to determine different components of NUE.
WP3 is developing germplasm and genomic breeding tools for pre-breeding based on new understanding of variation in biological N use from model plants derived from WP1 and new physiological N knowledge derived from WP2. For wheat in the UK, the identification of germplasm and candidate genes to modify NUE, including by GM, has been carried out in a number of lines and populations. Wheat cultivars and synthetic wheat lines with better NUE identified in the UK and in India are being evaluated in larger plots in collaboration with INEW.
WP4 focuses on the field scale evaluation of optimal N allocation in novel germplasm and identification of high yield low optimum (HYLO) lines. Optiplot field trials for wheat have been successfully carried out in the UK and in India. Optimum N requirement for contrasting crops is currently being determined.
WP5 is devoted to the development and delivery of resources for breeders and farmers. An affordable and easy to use tool, the Leaf Colour Chart (LCC), has been optimised to optimise agricultural N use. LCCs have developed for wheat, rice and maize and cotton varieties grown in the Punjab; successfully deployed initially in one village in Punjab leading to substantial savings in N fertiliser use with no penalties on yield. This has been extended to further 5 villages. A smart phone App (the PAU UREA Guide), available in Punjabi, Hindi and English, has been released to farmers in India, and can be downloaded free of charge from the Google Play Store and Apple Store. It provides Urea dosage recommendation for key crop varieties to save fertilser costs and reduce N pollution.
WP6. CINTRIN is actively engaged in training, collaboration and in the development of a network of partners. The CINTRIN website (www.niab.com/cintrin) was launched to provide project information, updates and as a portal for sharing information with the wider community. 2016 saw the launch of the CINTRIN network, with more than 30 members: 55% academics, 27% industry and 18% extension services members, who receive monthly updates about the project. Eleven exchange visits between UK/Indian scientists have been completed to build skills and extend collaborations. In addition, CINTRIN has been promoted via platforms globally helping to expand the network.
Exploitation Route The final months of the grant will be devoted to extend the outputs and identify findings that can be taken forward by the partnership and new members of the network.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment

URL http://www.niab.com/cintrin
 
Description There are two main areas in which CINTRIN has major non-academic impacts. In the short term, it is enabling the selection of new cereal crop varieties important for food security that are adapted to conditions of low nitrogen in soils. In addition, the programme has developed practical and accessible advice concerning the application of nitrogen, aiming at a reduction of inputs with a minimal impact on productivity. These objectives are very important in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SGD 1 and 2 (no poverty and zero hunger), and SDG 6, 12 and 13 (clean water, responsible production and climate action). Agriculture is responsible for about 20% of the emissions of greenhouse gases, and it is a sector which is in turn very influenced by the effect of climate change and by the degradation of ecosystems, in particular soil and freshwater. Nitrogen fertiliser in the form of urea is subsided in India and many other countries which leads to overuse of this input, polluting freshwater resources and contributing to climate change through emissions of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas. Therefor on the long-term CINTRIN is contributing to the development of a scientific evidence-base to support Indian government policies in the area of agricultural nitrogen and supporting India's global leadership in nitrogen management. CINTRIN has engaged with farmers and schools in Punjab, India, to test and disseminate farmer decision support tools to reduce the amount of N fertilisers used during production without penalties on yield. Farmers have taken up the technology, and helped to disseminate it further. Direct dissemination to farmers in India and in the UK has also taken place through events such as Kisan Melas (India) and Cereals (UK), as well as in open days and farm visits. An Urea Dosage digital App for smart phones has been developed and released by PAU in February 2019 targeting key crops for the region. It is available to farmers free of charge. The CINTRIN work is currently being extended in Pakistan, through a new collaboration between NIAB, Peshawar Agricultural University and CECOS University. This includes the development of digital decision support tools.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Education,Environment
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account (RG96069)- Stephanie Swarbreck
Amount £11,525 (GBP)
Funding ID RG96069 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2018 
End 10/2018
 
Description Cambridge-Africa Travel Grant
Amount £3,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Cambridge 
Department Cambridge-Africa
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2016 
End 10/2018
 
Description Global Challenges Research Fund
Amount £7,867,776 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/P027970/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2021
 
Description Philantropic donation from Bharti Foundation
Amount £600,000 (GBP)
Organisation Bharti Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country India
Start 03/2017 
End 03/2020
 
Description Synbio Fund
Amount £4,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Cambridge 
Department Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2016 
End 07/2017
 
Description Transforming India's Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable food Supplies
Amount £7,035,021 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/P027970/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 12/2021
 
Title Clear pot screen for root analysis in wheat 
Description Clear-pot screen developed to identify wheat varieties with reduced surface and increased deep root system for post-anthesis report; root angle. Screening using field-based shovelomics. 
Type Of Material Biological samples 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The method can be used to augment field studies. It has been shared between CINTRIN partners and will be published. 
 
Title Extended functionality of an existing Software 
Description Extended functionality of an existing cloudbased, integrated software platform from KisanHub. This new service will be useful for UK and Indian farmers which allows them to make informed decisions about their day-to-day operations. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This new service will have an impact on how UK and Indian farmers make informed decisions about their day-to-day operations. 
URL https://www.kisanhub.com/
 
Title New 15N uptake assay for determingin N allocation in sorghum 
Description A new 15N uptake assay to determine N allocation in sorghum was developed during a collaboration between scientists from ICRISAT and Cambridge University, and is being optimised. 
Type Of Material Technology assay or reagent 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The method has been shared with all CINTRIN partners. 
 
Description Collaboration with UK-Brazil NUCLEUS Virtual Joint Centre 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Engagement with UK-Brazil VJC in agricultural nitrogen who have an analogous extension component. Supplied PI (Sacha Mooney) with CINTRIN Leaf Colour Charts developed and used for informing nitrogen use in the Punjab (India). These are now being tested in the field in Brazil as part of NUCLEUS
Collaborator Contribution Partner suggested sharing the technology and transferred it to relevant partners in Brazil for testing
Impact None yet, expected in 2018. Collaboration between plant breeders, soil scientists and extension specialists
Start Year 2017
 
Description Meeting of all UK India Virtual Joint Centres in Delhi, September 2017 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Oral presentations of all workpackages, full participation in discussions, chairing sessions etc
Collaborator Contribution Oral presentations of all workpackages, full participation in discussions
Impact A summary paper was prepared by the organisers.
Start Year 2017
 
Description collaboration between UK and India instituitions focusing on tackling global food shortages with research into increasing crop yields and improving disease and drought resistance 
Organisation Ministry of Science and Technology India
Department Department of Biotechnology, India
Country India 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution India's Department of Biotechnology and a consortium of British research institutions, led by the University of Cambridge, signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Ministry of Earth Sciences in New Delhi for the establishment of a joint UK-India crop science programme. The aim of the agreement is to enhance collaborative research, promote knowledge exchange, and support capacity building to develop resilience in food security. The agreement was signed on behalf of the University of Cambridge by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Leszek Borysiewicz, Professor Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan of India's Ministry of Science and Technology, and Director of the Research Councils UK India Dr Nafees Meah, on behalf of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). It was also signed by representatives from NIAB (Alison Bentley) in Cambridge; the John Innes Centre and the University of East Anglia, in Norwich and Rothamsted Research.
Collaborator Contribution The agreement was signed on behalf of the University of Cambridge by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Leszek Borysiewicz, Professor Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan of India's Ministry of Science and Technology, and Director of the Research Councils UK India Dr Nafees Meah, on behalf of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). It was also signed by representatives from NIAB (Alison Bentley) in Cambridge; the John Innes Centre and the University of East Anglia, in Norwich and Rothamsted Research.
Impact An output of this collaboration has been further funding modelling on maize canopy development. The Bharti Foundation grant will support a three-year research programme carried out between Cambridge's Department of Plant Sciences, NIAB and Punjab Agricultural University and FieldFresh Foods.
Start Year 2016
 
Title Extended functionality of an existing cloudbased, integrated software platform from KisanHub. 
Description Extended functionality of an existing cloudbased, integrated software platform from KisanHub. The software will be available for CINTRIN partners by the end of the project 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact This new service will be useful for UK and Indian farmers which allows them to make informed decisions about their day-to-day operations. 
URL https://www.kisanhub.com/
 
Title LCC App 
Description A smart phone App for deciding fertilizer urea top dressings in major field crops developed under CINTRIN was launched by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in Feb 2019. The PAU Urea Guide App is available in Punjabi, Hindi as well as English language and can be downloaded free of cost from Google Play Store or Apple App Store. The App can be used for all the major field crops of Punjab including wheat, rice, basmati rice, maize and cotton. The farmers can know fertilizer urea requirement of the crop by feeding leaf colour data recorded with the PAU-Leaf Colour Chart or NDVI data recorded with GreenSeeker crop sensor. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The fertilizer urea applications using PAU Urea Guide App will help farmers to achieve potential yields with minimum use of fertilizer urea and thus higher economic benefits. The reduced consumption of urea will also mitigate ground water and air pollution. 
 
Description 7th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference 2016 (http://www.ini2016.com/) at MCG, Melbourne, Australia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Participation at this conference led to a debate about the topic and establishment of links for future collaborations.
Manoj Prasad attended 7th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference 2016 (http://www.ini2016.com/) at MCG, Melbourne, Australia to present and focus on the rationale and major objectives of our work (http://www.ini2016.com/2176)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ini2016.com/2176
 
Description BBSRC-DFID led meeting | UK-CGIAR crop research collaboration for impact through delivery of SDG2 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact a BBSRC-DfID jointly organised one day meeting, for Directors and senior leaders of key UK research institutions and CGIAR centres in the area of crop research.nThe purpose of the meeting is to identify innovative ways of collaboration between UK and CGIAR research centres, that will maximise the impact of UK ODA funding in crop research and will lead to improvement of agricultural productivity, food nutrition and security and will facilitate delivery against the Sustainable Development Goal 2.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Progress in IPR for Plant Science and Crop Research workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The field of Intellectual Property Rights is rapidly changing and continually evolving. This workshop aimed to deliver key updates on IPR for plant science and crop breeding directly to researchers in the field. It will also drew industry members who are working to apply research findings into their product development pipelines. The workshop coincided with the 2016 Monogram Network meeting (the central event of the UK small grains cereal community) to maximise participation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.cambplants.group.cam.ac.uk/our-impact/cambplants-progress-in-ipr-for-plant-science-and-cr...
 
Description 1-day NIAB Directors day at Cambridge site. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster display and discussion with researchers involved in the project on use of genetic transformation to study genes involved in nitrogen uptake, mobilisation and storage as grain proteins in wheat (n-circle) and in plant architecture/grain traits (cintrin) and how this could lead to greater gain with less input. There were also traditional field plot demonstrations on the effect of different application rates of nitrogen on a range of wheat germplasm (non-GM).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 1-day NIAB Open day at Cambridge site 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster display and discussion with researchers involved in the project on use of genetic transformation to study genes involved in nitrogen uptake, mobilisation and storage as grain proteins in wheat (n-circle) and in plant architecture/grain traits (cintrin) and how this could lead to greater gain with less input. There were also traditional field plot demonstrations on the effect of different application rates of nitrogen on a range of wheat germplasm (non-GM).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Association of French Breeders workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact NIAB hosted Association of French Breeders workshop on wheat pre-breeding including talks, glasshouse and field demonstrations at NIAB Sophi Taylor (6/7/17). Increased international coordination on pre-breeding and shared examples of best practice and impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Attendance at GCRF Stategic Advisory Group meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Serving on GCRF SAG is a recognition of our contribution in the sphere of global Food Security as well as the possible contribution to shaping policy and developing future funding activities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description BMGF Grand Challenges workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation "Grand Challenges" meeting, Berlin, Germany flipchart "Tools & technologies to accelerate cereal crop genetic gain" 15/10/18
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BNI International Symposium (Japan) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Santosh Deshpande represented CINTRIN in BNI consortium workshop in Japan (Sep, 2016) where challenges to improve NUE from agricultural systems were discussed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.jircas.go.jp/en/symposium/2016/e20160914
 
Description Big Biology Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Royal Society of Biology 'Big Biology Day' on 15th October,. Stephanie Smith from the Sainsbury Lab (SLCU, Cambridge) had the chance to talk to some of the approximately 4000 attendees about the research conducted at SLCU and plant biology as a whole. The outreach was aimed at the public at varying levels, from young children to A-level students to adults. Stephanie helped to man the plant science stand, which focused on plant morphology, particularly highlighting trichomes and stomata, but also generally discussing my research and plant biology with the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.gurdon.cam.ac.uk/public-engagement/big-biology-day-hills-road
 
Description CIMMYT wheat breeding visit to NIAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact CIMMYT wheat breeding visit to NIAB: Alexey Morgounov and Tom Payne (16/6/17) including meeting and field visit to inspect breeding material in the field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CINTRIN Open morning 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 11/6/18: CINTRIN Opti-Plot Open Morning at CINTRIN trial: including representatives from UK breeding
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CSIRO talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 30/06/2018 Invited talk "Progress in wheat pre-breeding and trait genetics at NIAB" at CSIRO, Canberra, Australia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CambPlants Industrial talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited interactive University of Cambridge, CambPlants Industrial Talk "CINTRIN: a truly translational centre" (19/10/17)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.cambplants.group.cam.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/cambplants-industrial-talk-cintrin-a-t...
 
Description Cereals 2017 event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participation in NIAB display at Cereals Event, Lincolnshire showing developed germplasm (in field plots) and posters describing key aims. Direct interaction with farmers and industry stakeholders including discussions of the impacts of research on UK and international agriculture
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.cerealsevent.co.uk/
 
Description Cereals Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 13/6/19 Cereals Event, Cambridgeshire for farmers and agricultural industry stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CropTec Show 2016 (England) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Croptech is a technical event for arable and mixed farmers. Susie Roques from ADAS presented the effects of yield on N requirement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.croptecshow.com/
 
Description Discussion with Tariq Zaman (CECOS University, Pakistan) and Dost Muhammad (Peshwar Agricultural University, Pakistan) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of CINTRIN research and farmer engagement activities, and discussion on their relevance to the situation in Pakistan, where farmers face similar challenges to production as the ones experienced by their Indian counterparts. As a result of this discussion, Dr Zaman and Dr Muhammad have been introduced to Dr Varinderpal (CINTRIN, Punjab Agricultural University, India) to formulate a project to calibrate the Leaf Colour Charts (LCCs) for their use in Pakistan. Work commended in Nov 2018 in Peshwar with the winter wheat cropping system. Two Master level students from Peshawar Agricultural University are engaged in field work. CECOS University have started work developing ICT versions of the LCC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Eric Danquah visit to NIAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Visit to NIAB of Eric Danquah, Director of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement to discuss partnership opportunities (2/5/18)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Essex lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Invited guest lecture "Wheat breeding and genetics" University of Essex 2nd Year Undergraduate Plant Sciences (22/01/2019)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Female Leaders in Crop and Agricultural Sciences from India 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 23 Experts in plant and crop sciences from India and Cambridge exchanged skills and ideas during a five-day programme that included seminars, workshops and visits to laboratories. The programme was facilitated by RCUK and helped to consolidate an agreement between Prime Ministers of the UK and India (Nov 2016) in the form of a collaborative Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on crop science research between the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) India and the University of Cambridge with NIAB, JIC, Rothamsted Research, UEA and BBSRC. The workshop offered training in leadership and establishing authority, improving professional networks, building negotiation skills, and priority setting for effective time management.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/documents/bbsrc-newton-fund-partnerships-pdf/
 
Description Flash presentation and poster at MonoGram Cereals community meeting (Bristol) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Flash presentation and poster describing project progress and impacts to date (4/4/18) entitled "Cambridge-India Network for Translational Research in Nitrogen"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.niab.com/cintrin
 
Description Food for thought- presentation by Matthew Millner 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The discussion encouraged 6th form students to reflect where the food they consume comes from, and the implications of food production.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description GRDC visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Visit & talk for GRDC Australia visitors to NIAB: Craig Ruchs (Senior Regional Manager) and Stephen Loss (Manager Nutrition and Soils) "A trait-based understanding of wheat nitrogen response" 04/10/2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description GRDC visit to NIAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Visit of GRDC to NIAB: Ron Osmond (Head of Business Development) and Steve Thomas (Deputy CEO and General Manager) on Business Development opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Genetics & Breeding research overview 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with Kristian Bennetsen & Griff Williams - to provide an overview of NIAB Genetics & Breeding research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Host eminent Crop Scientist from india 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invite M S S Swaminathan- one of the fathers of the green revolution in India, to present a formal open seminar to members of the TIGR2ESSconsortium and Food Security Strategic research initiative
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description IARI, India lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "Technology-driven plant breeding" invited lecture at Department of Physiology, Indian Agricultural Research institute, New Dehli, India to 50 faculty members/staff/students and Department of Biotechnology representative
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ICRISAT 100 Voices 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Filming of ICRISAT 100 Voices video on "The Future of Genomics" covered in ICRISAT Happenings Newsletter (and published online)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.icrisat.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/14-September-Happenings.pdf
 
Description ICRISAT Happenings 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Contribution to article: "India and UK researchers discuss approaches to improve agricultural nitrogen management" in ICRISAT Happenings Newsletter 14/09/2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.icrisat.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/14-September-Happenings.pdf
 
Description IWYP visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hosting International Wheat Yield Partnership Programme Conference - visit to NIAB, including talks, glasshouse and field tour (80 international visitors) 12/6/19
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description International Conference on Statistics and Big Data Bioinformatics in Agriculture (CRISAT, Hyderabad, India) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Participation at this conference led to new conversations and establishment of links for future collaborations. Keith Gardner (NIAB) presented as an invited speaker representing CINTRIN at the "International Conference on Statistics and Big Data Bioinformatics in Agriculture" November 21-23, 2016 (organised by CINTRIN Co-I Ashibek Rathore).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://isas70.icrisat.ac.in/speakers/
 
Description Invited research seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited seminar from Alison Bentley on "Developments in wheat genetics and breeding" at The University of Adelaide (Waite Campus) Australia on 18/1/17 followed by a networking event and laboratory tours and visits. This led to many future avenues to be pursued for collaboration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited seminar (Cranfield University) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited seminar at Cranfield University "Technology-driven plant breeding" followed by Q&A and networking event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited seminar (Indian Institute of Science) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk on "Developments in wheat genetics and breeding" at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (24/5/17) including a detailed Q&A and visits to a number of key departments to discuss future collaborative opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited seminar (The University of Bristol, Biological Sciences) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited seminar (3/4/17) followed by networking lunch at The University of Bristol to describe work with a view to sharing knowledge and establishing new collaborative partnerships
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited seminar (The University of Southampton DTP summer school) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited seminar on "Developments in wheat genetics and breeding" at University of Southampton Food Security Doctoral Training Programme summer school (27/4/17) including 1 hour seminar, Q&A and attendance at networking dinner allowing extended discussions with Food Security PhD students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited seminar (University of Adelaide, Australia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited seminar at The University of Adelaide including Q&A session and networking event involving academics and industry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited seminar (York) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited seminar at The University of York, School of Biology - overview of genetics and breeding work at NIAB
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited seminar at a major international conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation gave a major overview of plant physiology and ecology in improving sustainable crop productivity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.europlantbiology2018.org/
 
Description Invited talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk on CINTRIN talk at N-Circle/CinAg meeting, Rothamsted Research (8/9/17)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited talk "Breeding technology for better crops" at the University of Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative in Synthetic Biology 'Café Synthetique' event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk and Q&A session alongside a science historian about innovations in plant breeding. Engagement with academics and the general public to increase knowledge and awareness (20/2/17)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited talk "The future of crop genetics and breeding" at NIAB-TAG Lincolnshire Winter Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited talk (1/2/17) to NIAB-TAG members at a workshop event covering future innovations. Full day meeting attendance, including presentation and networking with industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited talk (Hutchinsons Winter Technical Conference) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited keynote talk at Hutchinsons Winter Technical Conference talk "Breeding tools & traits for sustainable productivity" including Q&A session plus stand with demonstration plants and printed material.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.hlhltd.co.uk/winter-technical-farming-conference-2017-presentations.html
 
Description Kisan Melas (Cereals Fair, PAU, Ludhiana, India) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact CINTRIN Soil Scientists create awareness on Leaf Colour Chart (LCC) technology at Kisan Melas at Punjab Agricultural University in India
CINTRIN scientists under the leadership Dr Tina Barsby, NIAB and Dr Parveen Chhuneja, Director, School of Agricultural Biotechnology (PAU) participated in a special campaign on the 'Use of PAU-Leaf Colour Chart (PAU-LCC)' organized by the Department of Soil Science, PAU during the Kisan Melas on September 22 and 23. Sh V. P. Singh Badnore, Governor of Punjab and Chancellor of the University; Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU along with senior researchers and officers visited the exhibition of the department.The campaign was held in view of the excessive consumption of fertilizer nitrogen (N) by the farmers in field crops.
The department aims at strengthening LCC awareness training programmes with the help of CINTRIN project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.niab.com/pages/id/459/News_and_Activities
 
Description Meeting with Vetiver, Delhi 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting to review management and coordination between UK and India-based research and dissemination activities related to CINTRIN and TIGR2ESS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Monogram 2016 Conference (Cambridge, UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A poster was presented at this conference which led to discussions and new contacts. The Monogram Network meeting got together for the small-grain cereal and grass research community. Academics, commercial scientists and plant breeders met to hear about the latest advances, exchange ideas and discuss collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.monogram.ac.uk/MgNW2016.php
 
Description NIAB Director's Day 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Ademics, commercial scientists and plant breeders met to hear about the latest advances and exchange ideas
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description NIAB Open Day 2016 (England) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact farmers and plant breeders visited NIAB Cambridge Park Farm to hear about the latest advances, exchange ideas and discuss collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description NIAB Open Day 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact NIAB Open Day (27/6/17) including formal presentation of a seminar on the future of plant breeding innovation plus Q&A, tours of breeding material in the field and poster displays.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Networking event for University of Cambridge PhD students and Postdocs interested in collaborating with the food industry 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Participants had the opportunity to meet and hear from agri-tech and food industry representatives, and discuss possibilities for:
- research collaborations
- internships
- future careers.
**Confirmed** companies attending include:

PepsiCo

Nestle

Britvic

Koppert

Buhler

Hummingbird Technologies

Maspex

Map of Agriculture

DowDupont

ADAS

AMT Fruit

Bayer Crop Science

Entomics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.globalfood.cam.ac.uk/events/foodfutures2
 
Description Nuffield Bioethics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 18/6/18 Invited talk "Will new plant breeding technologies feed the world" at Nuffield Bioethics event on food sustainability, London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Plenary lecture (University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Plenary invited lecture on "Crop Genetics & Breeding" (25/5/17) at University of Agricultural Science, Bangalore, India as part of the Directorate of Post Graduate Studies "Post Graduate Science Week" 23-26th May 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation at 200th Anniversary of the National Herbarium of Trinidad, attended by President of Trinidad and Tobago and University of West Indies senior administrators and staff 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited seminar to demonstrate the importance of collections such as Herbaria to support fundamental crop science and ecological research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation by Stephanie Swarbreck at for Monogram 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation title:
'Defining optimal nitrogen use in wheat under a range of nitrogen levels'. The Monogram Network consists of UK based researchers with an active interest in small grain cereal and grass (including the C4 energy grasses) research. Commercial scientists and plant breeders are active members and provide the link between Monogram science and commercial exploitation. Monogram includes both basic and more applied research and its members span disciplines including plant genetics, physiology, pathology, breeding, and bioinformatics. We also have extensive expertise in outreach activities and links with industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation of CINTRIN activities to Pankaj Sharma, Bayer Head of Food Chain, India 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact NIAB involvement in Bayer sustainability projects in collaboration with food chain partners was discussed. The goal would be to deploy simple technologies (such as the LCC) and "train-the-trainer" programmes to help farmers to optimize their resources.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation of CINTRIN at the Food Futures Part 2 by Stéphanie Swarbreck 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Networking event for University of Cambridge PhD students and Postdocs interested in collaborating with the food industry. Participants had the opportunity to meet and hear from agri-tech and food industry representatives, and discuss possibilities for:
- research collaborations
- internships
- future careers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.globalfood.cam.ac.uk/events/foodfutures2
 
Description Presentation of CINTRIN by Stéphanie Swarbreck at the 41th New Phytologist Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at the 41st New Phytologist Symposium- Plant Sciences for the Future. Received a travel award to present CINTRIN.
The 41st New Phytologist Symposium 'Plant sciences for the future' was set as an experimental interdisciplinary platform. Bringing together early career and leader scientists from different fields of plant sciences, it aimed to promote the development of transdisciplinary research projects to build a better understanding of the multiple aspects of the upcoming environmental challenges; and to produce robust solutions for society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.newphytologist.org/symposia/41
 
Description Press Release 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Press release of the CINTRIN project: India, UK to research on crops with nature friendly genes

Dissemination of the project to a wider audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.theweek.in/news/india/india-uk-research-on-crops-with-nature-friendly-genes.html
 
Description Press Release 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Press release of the CINTRIN project: Scientists to develop new cereal varieties that check greenhouse gases

Dissemination of the project to a wider audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/Scientists-to-develop-new-cereal-varieties-that-chec...
 
Description Press release 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Press release of the CINTRIN project: ICRISAT and NIAB, UK join hands to develop cereals that use nitrogen efficiently for higher yields 
Dissemination of the project to a wider audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/agriculture/icrisat-and-niab-uk-join-hands-to-devel...
 
Description Pulse community workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 10/6/18 Invited talk "The UK cereals community & NIAB wheat resources" to UK Pulse Community workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description RANK Prize meeting talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "Separating the wheat from the chaff: diversity as a driver/destroyer of genetic gain" Invited talk at RANK Prize Fund mini-symposium on "The Shape of Wheat to Come", Windermere, UK (21/2/18)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Review meeting of Indo-UK Virtual Joint Centres (VJCs) on Agricultural Nitrogen 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The main objectives of the workshop were to:
• Review progress to date for the individual VJCs; identify gaps that need to be addressed in the final year of the project and to identify areas of synergies and potential collaboration among members of the network. Progress from each VJC is highlighted in Annex I.
• Explore future opportunities to address major challenges in agricultural nitrogen.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.icrisat.org/india-and-uk-researchers-discuss-approaches-to-improve-agricultural-nitrogen...
 
Description School visit (Cambridge) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Visit to a primary school and talk to Year 4 school children on career opportunities in Plant Sciences plus a Q&A session
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Seminar on food security, Shanghai, China: Food security,  nutrition and health 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "Food security occurs when all people are able to access enough safe and nutritious food to meet their requirements for a healthy life, in ways the planet can sustain into the future".
Crop Science and Food security: there is a productivity, waste and distribution "trilemma"
How should we link the technologies for crop production and distribution to environmental resilience and consumer health and nutrition?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Sensako visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit of Marizanne Horn from Sensako, South Africa to discuss pre-breeding collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to visitors from the Argentian Trade Mission 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk on "Plant Science into Practice: the pre-breeding revolution" to an Argentinian Trade Mission on visit to NIAB (22/3/17) including information about the UK breeding system and methods of funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Two-day Cereals event in Duxford, Cambridge - Emma Wallingford 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Cereals is the leading UK event for arable farmers, agronomists and arable industry professionals - it is big with 1000's of visitors - including some from Europe,NZ and Australia. Poster display and discussion with researchers involved in the project on use of genetic transformation to study genes involved in nitrogen uptake, mobilisation and storage as grain proteins in wheat (n-circle) and in plant architecture/grain traits (cintrin) and how this could lead to greater gain with less input. There were also traditional field plot demonstrations on the effect of different application rates of nitrogen on a range of wheat germplasm (non-GM).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UK-India soft skills workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The NIAB Quantitative Methods in Plant Breeding (QMPB) course was held in the College of Agriculture at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU),India from Monday 29th to Friday 2nd September, 2016. The workshop was a joint initiative of the recently funded Indo-UK Centre for
Improvement of Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Wheat (INEW) and the Cambridge-India Network for Translational Research in Nitrogen (CINTRIN) projects both funded through the Newton Fund via the UKIndia Virtual Joint Centres (VJCs) for Agricultural Nitrogen by the Biological and Biotechnological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in the UK and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in India. The course, with 26 participants, was a great success and was very enthusiastically supported by all of the participants, local organisers and PAU officials. All of the participants were engaged and keen to learn and very grateful for the opportunity to attend the course. There was also a lot of networking between attendees and no doubt many future collaborations will begin as a result.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.niab.com/uploads/files/PAU_QMPB_report_FINAL.pdf
 
Description UKSBS group visit to NIAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Participation and presentation to "Research Sector" visit to Cambridge arranged by Linda Holliday (Director of Capacity and Skills Development, Medical Research Council, Chair of cross-research sector forum on immigration), Graeme Ross (Head of Immigration at University of Cambridge) and Stephen Longson (Head of Immigration at UKSBS/RCUK). Objective to allow staff from across government departments to experience the global, collaborative nature of science and research taking place in the UK, highlighting some of the interdependencies between immigration policy, research funding, Research Organisations and key stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description USAID 'International workshop on climate resilience cereals' at PAU (Nov 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Rajeev Gupta gave a talk on CINTRIN in USAID 'International workshop on climate resilience cereals' at PAU (Nov 2016). The workshop provided an excellent platform to know the current research in cereals around the world designed to combat climate change and discuss the future prospects and strategies. The meeting also provided a platform to meet scientists from around the globe and opportunities to collaborate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://agrilinks.org/events/international-workshop-develop-climate-resilient-cereals
 
Description VJC workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attendance at joint Nitrogen VJC meeting @ICRISAT, Hyderabad. Presentation of CINTRIN outcomes (30/8/18)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit of HarvestPlus representative to NIAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Visit to NIAB of Jenny Walton (HarvestPlus) to discuss collaborative plant breeding opportunities (1/2/18)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit of MS Swminathan 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attendance at TIGR2ESS meeting and lecture of MS Swaminathan "Towards an Evergreen Revolution" 11/5/18
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit of Prof Ian Edwards (University of Western Australia) to NIAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Hosted visit of Prof Ian Edwards, University of Western Australia to NIAB to discuss collaborative NUE results and progress.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit of SRUC scientists to NIAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Visit to NIAB Jos Houdijk and JR Adams from SRUC (Edinburgh) with discussion of plant breeding & animal feeding opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit of Wageningen University Plant Breeding students to NIAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Visit of Wageningen Plant Breeding students to NIAB (11/7/17) - including talk (overview of NIAB research and Q&A), glasshouse and field tour
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit of working group from Government of Punjab (Pakistan) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk delivered to Government of Punjab (Pakistan) visitors (20) "Pre-breeding at NIAB" and glasshouse tour (7/12/17) including Q&A and discussion of collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit to University of Lincoln to hold workshop on motivation and funding opportunities in the food security arena 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Response to an invitation by a Pro Vice Chancellor to discuss funding engagement, motivation and raising aspirations to develop external research opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit to the India Department of Biotechnology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting to present CINTRIN outcomes, including the LCC, and explore possible strategies for deployment at national scale. Discussion on other farmer decision support tools and their dissemination as part of "Farm Zone", a collective open-source for smart agriculture data platform to use biological research and data to improve the lives of small and marginal farmers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit to the Syngenta Foundation, Basel, Switzerland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Presentation of CINTRIN activities, with a particular focus on further development and dissemination of farmer decision support tools. The primary objective was to determine areas of synergy with the Syngenta Foundation to develop future joint activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Wheat Initiative NUE Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop focused on NUE in a broad sense, and will include all macro and micro nutrients, spanning crop genetics, physiology and agronomy in wheat and other crops whose research is potentially linked to wheat, e.g. rice, barley, other cereals. Global participation was particularly important, and we welcomed all participants, especially those from developing countries to attend..

Key points
• The aim is to formulate the outline for a future International NUE initiative aimed at funding collaborative projects
• Brainstorming and prioritising ideas on NUE (build on output from Obregon EWG meeting) (See links on http://www.wheatinitiative.org/activities/expert-working-groups/nutrient-use-efficiency-wheat for minutes and presentations)
• Identifying synergies, gaps and opportunities which an initiative could address
• Aligning activities and research where possible
• Understanding the user community by engaging with industry (not just breeders)
• Involvement of funding agencies
• Map current investment in participating countries on NUE topics
• Looking for added value of consortia
This was a one and a half days of meeting, and on the final afternoon there was an opportunity to visit Classical Experiments, the Phenotyping Platform and laboratories at Rothamsted Research. The format of the workshop comprised of some topic introduction papers followed by round-table discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.wheatinitiative.org/activities/expert-working-groups/nutrient-use-efficiency-wheat
 
Description meet with representatives of eminent society or government ministry 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meet CSaP visiting Policy Fellow from Royal Society and BEIS and discuss food security issues in relation to global food security and engagement with the public
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description visit to Cereals 2016 (England, UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On June 15th, a group from CINTRIN (including collaborators from PAU and ICRISAT) attended Cereals 2016, the arable industry's leading technical event. With over 25,000 farmers, agronomists and industry professionals present, the hundreds of stands covered everything from the latest crop breeding research and fertiliser production to developments in harvest technology. In addition to the exciting demonstrations, a large part of the day was given over to talking to the stand-holders about their work. As most in our group were researchers, the chance to discuss the needs and aims of the industry with the professionals was eye-opening. As one member of the group put it, "knowledge exchange rather than knowledge transfer is key". Making connections with other researchers was also valuable, and the Agri-tech East Young Innovator's Forum in the afternoon allowed us to engage with early-career scientists from the John Innes Centre, Rothamsted Research and IBERS.
The enthusiasm of the researchers and industry professionals in their work was clear throughout the day. Our group came away with a better understanding of UK agriculture and the importance of collaboration to meet its needs. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the trip, with many inspired to make use of their new contacts and appreciative of the need to work in partnership with the agricultural industry. As Dr Parveen Chhuneja from CINTRIN summarised, "Interaction, interaction and interaction".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bio.cam.ac.uk/impact/news/CerealsNews