Who we are
The National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) is a leading UK centre for plant science, crop evaluation and agronomy, with headquarters in Cambridge and regional offices across the country. With an internationally recognised reputation for independence, innovation and integrity, NIAB is ideally placed to meet the industry’s current and future research, information and knowledge transfer needs. In September 2009 NIAB joined forces with The Arable Group Limited (TAG), creating the only independent UK-based organisation capable of taking new genetic developments through appropriate agronomy to the farmer’s field.
At NIAB TAG we conduct field crops research and provide impartial variety and husbandry information. The NIAB TAG knowledge base is drawn from extensive staff expertise, research data and field trials from over 20 locations in England. It is widely utilised by the agricultural community and through membership subscriptions influences more than 20% of the UK’s arable area.
What we do
We undertake research and provide technical services and training to support the needs of farmers, allied industries, levy boards, research councils and government. Our focus is investigating the genetic make-up of cultivated plants, their agronomy, performance and physical characteristics, and products derived from them. We deliver public benefit through the promotion and dissemination of our research and knowledge.
Research undertaken though NIAB TAG covers a range of strategic and tactical themes, across a wide array of combinable, root, horticultural, forage and other crop types. This research includes variety and agronomy focussed field trials, long term farming systems research, plant and seed diagnostic services, research to further plant breeding objectives and, through the Silsoe spray application facility, NIAB TAG can deliver and support a wide range of spray delivery / evaluation and precision farming related research. In addition we have had strong involvement in training, knowledge delivery and education; this has ranged from delivery of practical farmer training through to the supporting a wide range of PhD studentships.
The NIAB TAG operation operates as a regional network covering 20 locations across England. This provides a national spread complemented by a unique local presence and delivery capacity. Membership across NIAB TAG exceeds 3000 and the information produced influences more than 20% of the UK’s arable area.
How to find out more
For comprehensive information on the organization and its research and trials activities, click on the website link in the box on the left. To contact the organisation, click on the email link.
TAG (NIAB TAG)
Position:Head of Farming Systems