We are an internationally recognised centre for translational research in sustainable agriculture, horticulture and food security.
The School of Life Sciences was ranked 2nd in the UK for Agriculture, Food and Veterinary research in the Government's 2014 “Research Excellence”
The AHDB-funded AMBER project led by Dave Chandler is designed to identify practical ways to improve biopesticide performance in protected crops.
Living on the Edge: Using and Improving Trap Crops for Flea Beetle Management in Small-Scale Cropping Systems
David George, Gordon Port and Rosemary Collier
The use of trap crops to manage pest insects offers an attractive alternative to synthetic pesticides. Trap crops may work particularly well at smaller production scales, being highly amenable where crop diversification and reduction of synthetic inputs are prioritised over yield alone. Our results of a small-scale open field trial showed that a turnip rape trap crop alone reduced flea beetle damage to cauliflower, significantly so later in the season at higher pest pressures, but that addition of tomato companion plants did not improve pest control potential.
Read our blog 'What's going on at Warwick Crop Centre'