The National Institute of Agricultural Botany provides independent science-based research and information to support, develop and promote agriculture and horticulture. NIAB’s work helps the industry to fulfil its potential in supplying food and renewable resources, whilst respecting the natural environment.
Ley of the Land: Integrating Leys in the Cropping System - Lydia Smith, NIAB
Video footage filmed at the ORFC 2019 of Lydia Smith from NIAB explaining a project helping to explore soil quality through re-integration of leys and sheep into an arable system.resource
Managing weeds in arable rotations - a guide
A practical guide bringing together research to help you manage weeds through a rotation dominated by autumn-sown crops.resource
Guidance on selecting and managing cover crops according to your requirements, outlining financial, agronomic and environmental benefits.resource
Introducing The LegumePlus Project: Sainfoin, Birdsfoot Trefoil & Red Clover
Fascinating insights from scientists involved in the LegumePlus project; the reasons behind the research and what the research has revealed.resource
Practical guidance on growing and using sainfoin and potential benefits for livestock, people and pollinators, based on science and practice.resource
Impact of cover crops on yield and soils in the New Farming Systems programme
Research evaluating how cover cropping systems can contribute to soil structural improvement, fertility enhancement and yield responses.resource
Sainfoin with Dr Lydia Smith at NIAB
Video outlining the challenges of growing and managing sainfoin, ways it can benefit livestock and bees, and current interesting research.resource
Sustainable Intensification Research Platform Coordinator
My working life started as a Botanist / Ecologist, in Local Biological Records Centres (LRCs) in Somerset and Hampshire. From there I specialised...
I grew up on a family arable/vegetable farm in East Kent, and in 1990 gained a Degree in Agriculture from Wye College, London University. I...