Crop Health and Protection: Plant Phenotyping and Soil Health Facility

Submitted by jenna_ross on Mon, 07/22/2019 - 11:59

What it does: CHAP's Phenotyping and Soil Health Facility at Cranfield University will demonstrate at a pilot scale how soil properties can be altered by tillage techniques in soil-crop-water systems to test the effects of soil condition on, for example: agrochemical dynamics; nutrient and water use; crop establishment; root and canopy development and crop yield; soil health and degradation; soil-borne diseases; weed control; and crop genotype × soil interactions. Research/innovation goals and objectives: It is designed to make sure that the knowledge and insight from the UK’s science base is translated into benefits for farmers, growers and the food industry both at home and abroad. CHAP's Phenotyping and Soil Health Facility at Cranfield University offers real-time, pilot-scale environmental simulation of soil-implement, soil-human and soil-plant water interactions in controllable test conditions. This will help inform on-farm decision making and the development of more efficient and sustainable methods of food production. Why it is important: To ensure that UK business and farmers will lead the way in developing solutions to the challenges facing world agriculture, requires bringing together the best expertise, knowledge and insight from leading research organisations and industries in the sector. The system will remove constraints associated with other testing systems, such as field testing where results can be obscured by environmental (soil) and climate variability, or laboratory systems which often occur at scales too small to be relevant for real farming systems. Therefore, the facilities offer more robust testing that will enhance consumer and farmer confidence essential to accelerate uptake of novel solutions.


Biological Sciences, Health & Food
Physical Sciences & Engineering
Soil Health
Soil Biology
Soil Chemistry
Soil Physics



Plant Phenotyping and Soil Health Facility

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Cranfield University
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MK43 0AL
United Kingdom

North East
YO41 1LZ
United Kingdom

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