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Life Sciences Warwick Crop Centre

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”

Chinese CabbagesCrop Centre Impact Case Studies submitted to REF 2021

Of the six case studies the School of Life Sciences have submitted to REF 2021, three are from the Warwick Crop Centre demonstrating the excellence and vital impact of our research. Crop Centre Case Studies.

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Characterisation of turnip mosaic virus isolates reveals high genetic variability and occurrence of pathotype 1 in Brazil

European Plant Pathology Apr 21Leilane Karam Rodrigues, Alexandre Levi Rodrigues Chaves, Elliot Watanabe Kitajima,, Renata Faier Calegario,, Katia Regiane Brunelli, Fabio Nascimento da Silva, Ricardo Harakava, John Anthony Walsh & Marcelo Eiras

Turnip mosaic virus (TuMV) infects many plant species, being the only potyvirus able to infect brassicas. Despite being considered one of the most important viruses infecting brassicas worldwide, there is little information on this virus in the Neotropical region. Aiming to fill in this gap and advance knowledge on occurrence, genetic variability, and biological aspects of TuMV in Brazil, 40 isolates were identified and characterised. Our diversity analysis suggest that a strong negative selection is acting on polyprotein coding region. We confirmed that Brazilian TuMV isolates showed high variability, which together with their ability to infect wild brassicas and to circumvent resistance genes highlight their genetic and epidemiological potential incausing damages in cultivated species of brassicas andother crops in Brazil.

European Journal of Plant Pathology. April 2021

University of Warwick signs agreement with agronomy specialist to bring UK beans to market

Eric with Navy BeansThe University of Warwick’s research commercialisation wing, Warwick Innovations, has signed a contract with agronomy specialist Agrii to promote the commercial production of UK haricot beans developed by Professor Eric Holub from Warwick’s Crop Centre, part of the School of Life Sciences. Professor Holub has bred three haricot bean varieties which are adapted for growing in the UK climate and are more suited to standard farm machinery.

“Self-sufficiency in food production is important for reducing human impact on global climate. British-grown beans can help us shift our diets to a healthier future, adding to other UK ingredients to supply the growing trend of flexitarian diets with new markets like Brit-Mediterranean and Brex-Mexican style food.” Professor Holub.

Press release (9 Feb 2021) Agrii news item

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