The next seminar is on the 22nd October at 1400 – Barley Agronomy presented by Ian Bingham, SRUC and Steven Kildea, Teagasc which will be Chaired by Fiona Burnett, Professor of Applied Plant Pathology at SRUC where she is also Head of KE and Impact.
Ian Bingham is Professor of Crop Physiology at SRUC. He has been developing and applying an understanding of the physiological responses of crops to foliar disease to guide disease management practice. Dr. Steven Kildea is a Senior Research Officer with Teagasc, The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority and based at their Crops Research Centre at Oak Park, Carlow. With research spanning the field through to the lab, he leads a team looking at developing sustainable and effective disease control solutions for the Irish arable sector.
The seminar and questions session will be facilitated by Fiona Burnett, Professor of Applied Plant Pathology at SRUC where she is also Head of KE and Impact. As sector lead for agriculture in Scotland’s Plant Health Centre she is particularly keen that barley research addresses the key challenges facing barley production. 'This seminar integrates an understanding of barley's physiology with the development of more tailored and sustainable solutions. The talks and Q and A session afterwards will allow attendees to deep dive in to the issues'
Effective and sustainable disease management is central to the profitable production of barley. The regulatory withdrawal of fungicide active ingredients and loss of efficacy through development of resistance in pathogen populations present a significant challenge to growers. Knowledge of host-pathogen interactions can lead to more judicious use of fungicides, through improved targeting of applications and strategies to delay the development of fungicide resistance.