This theme takes a systems-based approach to delivering sustainable food production. Emerging innovations in pre-farm gate production include precision agriculture (e.g. in the application of fertilisers and pesticides), diagnostics (in crop and animal disease surveillance and treatment) and genomics (in plant and animal breeding and in understanding soil microbes and their contribution to soil function).
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- Existing Centres of Excellence – Sustainable Food Production
- Livestock health and wellbeing
- Soil health
The University of Manchester
The University of Sheffield
University of Leeds
University of Liverpool
University of York
Current key projects
Latest case studies
Tackling piglet mortality
Through contributing to understanding of the immune factors that contribute to piglet survival, PROHEALTH investigates (and will ultimately create) adoptable, cost-effective, and environmentally sustainable methods to improving sow health and piglet survival in intensive pig production systems.
E-AGRI: Using smartphone technology to combat crop disease
With the support of the EPSRC, the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester is working in partnership with Barefoot Lightning to develop a low-cost sensor system to detect the early onset of crop diseases.