The waste from larvae production could be used as a crop fertiliser should commercial insect farms get off the ground in the UK. This is the concept that researchers at the University of Warwick and Durham University are investigating as part of a major government-funded project to look at the viability of rearing insects for animal feed in the UK.
The UK Vegetable Genebank (UKVGB), part of Warwick Crop Centre on the University of Warwick’s Wellesbourne Campus, celebrates its 40th anniversary next week.
An innovative way to increase plant yield naturally, reducing the need for expensive fertilisers is being explored by researchers at the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick, thanks to a £492,343 grant from the BBSRC.
Just under 1000 seed samples from different crop species including kale, carrots and cauliflower are to be deposited at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Arctic Norway on the 25th February 2020, from the UK Vegetable Genebank (UKVGB) at the University of Warwick Wellesbourne campus.
Over 100 scientists, industry experts and employees past and present attended an event held at Warwick Crop Centre to celebrate 70 years of research at the site.