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Warwick HRI

Warwick HRI – the University of Warwick’s newest Department

Warwick HRI was formed on the 1 April 2004 when Horticulture Research International’s sites at Wellesbourne in Warwickshire and Kirton in Lincolnshire joined with the University of Warwick.

The University of Warwick 40th Anniversary is your chance to find out about what we do. Warwick HRI will have a stand in the Warwick Manufacturing Group building featuring our world-class research into plant and microbial sciences. So come and visit us to find out about:

  • Brassicas – they aren’t just vegetables. Find out how Brassica diversity is being exploited to create industrial oils. Many plants such as carrots, parsnips, onions, lettuce and wild species are stored at Warwick HRI’s Genetic Resources Unit, as well as Brassicas, securing the genetic diversity needed for this research.
  • Biopesticides – bugs eating bugs. Why isn’t more use made of natural predators bred for pest management?
  • Automation – reducing costs in labour intensive industries. Horticulture as a model for reducing labour inputs.
  • Wood – can’t see it for the trees? Looking at the ultrastructure of wood used in automotive interiors.

Our extensive facilities allow us to carry out basic, strategic and applied research, utilising state-of-the-art laboratories, computer controlled glasshouses, controlled environment units and over 240 hectares of land. We also have specialist centres for genomics, mushroom and organic research.

Visit our website for further information.