VISION IN EQUESTRIAN SPORT

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst campus have led projects focusing on Equine vision and the visual skills of riders.

USING SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS TO IMPROVE ZOO ANIMAL MANAGEMENT

Zoological institutions rely on scientific data to underpin excellent animal care and advance animal welfare standards.

MINIMISING STRESS DURING ANIMAL TRANSPORTATION IMPROVES ANIMAL WELFARE AND HAS DRIVEN EU LEGISLATION

Globally, over 60 billion animals are transported annually and the welfare of these animals is an issue of major public and political concern worldwide.

HEALTHY LIVESTOCK

Duchy College’s Rural Business School (RBS) project looked into several key health issues in livestock including Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD), Johne’s disease, dairy and sheep lameness, mastitis, respiratory diseases and sheep parasites.

THE USE OF SENSORY ENRICHMENT TO ENHANCE WELFARE IN DOGS IN RESCUE SHELTERS

In the UK large number of dogs are taken into rescue shelters every year. These kennels are often stressful for dogs due to the high levels of noise, restricted space and limited social interactions.

DEVELOPMENT OF RAPID DIAGNOSTICS FOR MONITORING LEAF DISEASES OF VEGETABLE BRASSICAS AND ALLIUMS

Endemic plant pathogens pose an increasingly significant threat to UK agriculture, horticulture, amenity planting and natural ecosystems.

CAN RYE BECOME A SUBSTITUTE TO WHEAT AS A MAIN FOOD SOURCE FOR PIGS IN THE UK?

A collaborative research project through Bishop Burton College’s Centre for Agricultural Innovation, KWS and Agrii resulted in rye being used as a feed trial on the College Farm’s commercial finishing pig unit.

AGRITECH SOLUTIONS FOR PREDICTING POST HARVEST SPOILAGE OF STRAWBERRIES

Reducing fungal fruit rot is a priority in strawberry production in the UK as annual economic losses due to fungal rotting is approximately £30 to £60M per annum.

STEAMING AHEAD ON IMPROVING RESPIRATORY HEALTH IN HORSES

The Research and Development phase of HAYGAIN Ltd began 9 years ago when the Directors of a company producing commercial clothes steamers had the idea of reducing dust in forage for horses by steaming it.

THE DAIRY CENTRE COLOSTRUM MANAGEMENT KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER

Research has shown that feeding high quality colostrum at the correct time and with sufficient quantity is a key determinant of successful calf rearing.

NATURAL FLOOD MANAGEMENT

Natural Flood Management is an approach to flooding that aims to work with natural processes, rather than hard engineered flood defences.

VESS – VISUAL EVALUATION OF SOIL STRUCTURE

Research on soil structural quality and management concluded that soil structural quality was particularly vulnerable to compaction, which in turn reduced grass and grain yields.

PEATLAND MANAGEMENT FOR BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND WATER RESOURCES

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University are working with the National Trust (2012-2017) monitoring gully erosion, water tables and water quality in blanket bog.

VERTICAL PLANT LIFE

Living walls are a positive component for the challenges of urban living and urban climate mitigation through the use of plants, both ornamental and edible.

DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING OF A MULTIPLEX LATERAL FLOW DEVICE FOR BOTH GUMMY STEM BLIGHT AND POWDERY MILDEW IN BIO-AEROSOLS DURING CUCURBIT PRODUCTION

Cucumber Powdery Mildew: Numerous vegetable crops are susceptible to powdery mildew, with cucurbits a group that are severely affected.

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STANDARDS IN EQUESTRIAN SURFACES AND PERFORMANCE RESEARCH

RACES is the Research and Consultancy in Equine Surfaces, a world-leading collaboration at Myerscough College, working in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Central Lancashire.

REDUCING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF MEAT POULTRY PRODUCTION

Three specific projects at Nottingham Trent University aimed at reducing the environmental impact of meat and poultry production have together sparked uptake in the sector, and led to the development of a patent and product adoption by a FTSE100 company.

WATER USE EFFICIENCY

For outcomes of ‘blue-sky’ research that nevertheless has real-world impact, you need look no further than Myerscough College’s collaboration with Lancaster University to identify practical solutions to the increasing strain on global water resources produced by greater domestic and industrial demand.

CONTROL OF BOVINE VIRAL DIARRHOEA (BVD) VIRUS IN LIVESTOCK

Research into BVD carried out by Professors George Gunn and Alistair Stott at SRUC, Professor Claire Heffernan at the University of Reading and Professor Joe Brownlie at the Royal Veterinary College led to the establishment of BVD eradication programmes in Scotland and then elsewhere in the UK.

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RIVER FLOODING RESEARCH IMPACT

This collaborative research project between the Rural Business Unit at Askham Bryan College, the Food Standards Agency and the Food and Environmental Research Agency (Fera), alongside the University of East Anglia, is part of a larger drive on the part of the College to become a leader in the research field for the agri-food supply chain.

ADVANCING EQUINE SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE (AESE)

Advancing Equine Scientific Excellence (AESE) is revolutionising the way the equine industry integrates with academic establishments.

RAMULARIA COLLO CYGNI LEAF SPOTTING IN BARLEY

Barley is the second most popular cereal crop grown in the UK, with 5.52 million tonnes grown in 2012.

REDUCING FOOD-CHAIN WASTE IN WHEAT

Producing estimated savings of £26 million in 2010, this important joint research project in reducing waste caused by the contamination of wheat by fusarium mycotoxins also resulted in the publication of a Code of Practice aimed at reducing mycotoxins, and improved grain management practice leading to reductions in the loads of wheat rejected for contamination levels exceeding EU-permitted limits.

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CENTRE FOR ECONICS & ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT

The MARISCO project partners including Writtle University College works with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and WWF, Germany to develop a systematic, ecosystem-based analysis and vulnerability assessment for conservation planning in the face of climate change.

THE PROFITABLE LIFETIME INDEX (£PLI) FOR DAIRY CATTLE

The Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI) is a reliable basis for the genetic improvement of dairy cattle productivity, health, welfare, longevity and environmental impact.