The Centre for Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) brings together leading science and research organisations and industries to support sustainable and profitable farming, encourage the adoption of new plant-protection products and provide technologies that empower farmers to tackle threats to crop productivity.
CHAP will help to meet the challenges of feeding the world’s fast-growing human population through the sustainable intensification of agriculture. It will give farmers and growers access to the most effective and sustainable technologies, strategies and products to improve crop performance, quality and yield – making a positive impact on farm revenues and margins.
The Centre for Rural Economy is a research centre at Newcastle University. It specialises in interdisciplinary social science and applied policy research. We work towards the achievement of sustainable development in rural areas.
We boast one of the most significant groupings of rural social scientists in Europe. We draw knowledge from a team of more than 50 varied specialists, including:
For more information about the research topics covered see the Centre for Rural Economy tab in the Expertise Groups box below.
The Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) is a joint venture between Newcastle University and Fera Science Ltd (Fera). IAFRI represents a new model for how universities can work with research organisations. It operates under a private-public ownership to deliver both innovation and wealth creation in strategically important industrial sectors in the UK. It does this while operating for the benefit of society
Innovative agricultural solutions
Our facilities provide an open innovation platform enabling researchers to work with farmers, industry, and environmental and government stakeholders. Together, they develop innovative solutions for balancing sustainable global food production with a thriving rural economy and protection of the wider environment.
Our research helps us to understand:
We use this fundamental knowledge to:
We collect real data from a network of on-farm crop, soil, livestock and environmental sensors. We use this data to calibrate and validate the digital technologies and models that help us in our research and developments.
Unrivalled expertise in animal science
Our novel, integrative approaches to animal science draw on fundamental research. We advance the health, welfare and production of livestock in an environmentally-sustainable manner. Our approaches meet the requirements of society, industry and policy.
The platform draws on expertise from across the University, including:
One of the two Government Agritech Innovation Centres that we are involved in, CIEL is a consortium of 11 world-class research institutes developing new industry-needed solutions.
Our role in The Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL) is to lead the Centre for Digital Innovation Applied to Livestock (C-DIAL).
Based at the University’s Cockle Park Farm C-DIAL is a purpose-built facility bringing the latest sensor-based and automated technologies to precision livestock farming, and equipment for the continuous monitoring of the performance, health and welfare of livestock. Secure storage and processing of the large body of data generated can be carried out at the Centre and there are also conference and demonstration facilities on site.
C-DIAL is a cross-faculty initiative between veterinarians, animal and computer scientists, engineers and mathematicians.
We are harnessing natural sciences, data analytics and socio-economic sciences for agriculture, food security and rural development.
Food security and sustainability concerns:
There is increasing concern about food security and the sustainability of current agricultural production globally. The statistics make for alarming reading.
We desperately need a sustainable system of producing food. We have to address the food needs of the growing human population while:
Our group aims to find solutions to these challenges. We do this through strategic and translational research into sustainable agriculture and food systems linked to healthy rural communities.
We perform research at a range of scales from the molecule to the farm, accessing first-class facilities including:
We draw on fundamental research and apply it to areas of societal, industrial and policy importance.
Our ethos is to utilise high quality animal science to address challenges facing society, and our research involves a wide range of species including livestock, laboratory and companion animal species.
Our research extends from the molecular to the whole animal.
The main areas of research are:
Our teaching underpins degree programmes in:
In order to address societal, industrial and policy questions, we have developed a number of successful partnerships to widen our research capacity and better realise the research impact.
This has included collaborations in:
During the past 25 years, we have worked on many national and international projects. They cover a wide range of topics, including:
Our mission is to make rural lives better through research and sharing of knowledge. In pursuit of this aim, we:
Food Quality and Health Sciences research is focused on understanding how food and food constituents (particularly vitamins, nutrients and phytochemicals, as well as medicinal plants) affect human health and well-being, relating to healthy ageing, food security, sensory quality, international nutrition and personalized nutrition. FQH staff work in Newcastle and Singapore.
Much of the research is multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary, via links across disciplines within the School, and across the University through the Human Nutrition Research Centre. Each theme contains both publicly and commercially funded activities.