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Burleigh Dodds Crops Round Up 
27 May 2021 

New historic appointment for celebrated researcher 

We are delighted to announce that Professor Elhadi M. Yahia, Autonomous University of Querétaro, Mexico has recently been appointed as an Emeritus Professor by the Federal Research System of Mexico. 
Recognised as the highest honour for research in the federal system, Professor Yahia is also the first recipient of the award from his university - the Autonomous University of Querétaro, Mexico. 
Read more about Professor Yahia's recent achievement here
To celebrate Professor Yahia's fantastic achievement, we are offering 25% off his two edited titles. 
Enter code YAHIA25 at checkout via our website to receive this discount. 

Preventing food losses and waste to achieve food security and sustainability 

Key Features 
• The first comprehensive review of the causes and prevention of food losses and waste (FLW), bringing together leading experts from around the world 
• Multi-dimensional approach in addressing the problem of FLW from a range of perspectives: key stages in the supply chain, different types of commodity and different regions in the world 
• Valuable case studies from different regions on practical measures to tackle FLW 

Achieving sustainable cultivation of tropical fruits 

About the book 
This collection reviews current advances in the breeding and cultivation of key tropical and subtropical fruits. 
Chapters summarise key advances across the value chain for citrus fruit cultivation, including citrus genetics, nutrition and other aspects of cultivation, the use of precision agriculture and developments in integrated pest management (IPM). 
Sample Content 
Interested in getting a flavour of the book? Click here to open a PDF and preview pages from the book. 


heat damage, crops, soybeans
Predicting heat damage in crops 
A team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA have claimed that it's possible to predict the level of heat damage in crops through measuring the fluorescent light signature of plant leaves under heat stress. The research which has been published in Global Change Biology could support widespread monitoring of crop growth, health and yield in unfavourable conditions. [Read more here]. 
rice, rice farmers
Improving farmer's knowledge on rice production 
A new campaign has been launched by the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund-Rice Extension Services Programme (RCEF-RESP) to improve the knowledge of rice farmers in the Philippines. The new digital platform has been designed to teach farmers and their families about emerging technologies that can improve yield and reduce costs. [Read more here]. 
fruit fly, IPM, horticulture
Greater support to tackle fruit fly 
The Andrews Labor Government, Victoria, Australia have announced a $6.4 million investment in the Victorian Budget 2021/22 which will see greater support offered to the state to tackle the spread of Queensland fruit fly. $5.3 million will be offered in grants to help deliver on-ground help, such as hosting community awareness programs and the trialling of new techniques for improved management. [Read more here]. 
waste nutrients, sustainable agriculture
Benefits of capturing waste nutrients from water 
Scientists from key organisations and institutions in the UK have developed a process that allows for nitrate to be isolated from drinking water and then repurposed into liquid fertilizer for use throughout agriculture. The project reduces costs of production and also decreases agriculture's dependency on carbon-intensive fertilizer manufacturing processes. [Read more here]. 

The Burleigh Dodds Science Database 

The Burleigh Dodds Science Database
Our authoritative and comprehensive database of over 1500 reviews of research brings with it an elite and unrivalled team of international experts in agricultural science. 
Our versatile database provides users with a knowledge base on which to build on their own research, improve product development or inform best practice on the farm. 
Find out what the Burleigh Dodds Science Database can offer you by contacting us below! 

Stay updated with our latest book releases! 

Professor Trust Beta, University of Manitoba, Canada 
About the Book 
The book reviews key research into the nutritional components of cereals and their role in preventing chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cancer. 
The book also details the interactions of these components with the gut and whether the way they are processed can inhibit or optimise benefits to overall human health. Final chapters review the key steps in nutritional enhancement of cereals such as wheat, spelt and millet. 

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Burleigh Dodds Livestock Round Up 
27 May 2021 

Studying in utero heat stress in pigs 

pigs, in utero heat stress, heat stress, animal welfare
A team of US researchers from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Purdue University, the University of Missouri and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education have collaborated on a new research project that has studied the effects of heat stress on unborn piglets. 
The study determined that gestating sows experiencing heat stress can expose unborn piglets to a future of health complications that can in turn affect their performance. 
The researchers assessed two groups of piglets (32 in total) - 16 of which were born to sows who experienced significant levels of heat stress during the first half of their pregnancy. The remaining 16 piglets were born to a sow exposed to considerably more comfortable conditions. 
Read more about the study here. 

Ensuring welfare in pig production 

Emerita Professor Sandra Edwards, Newcastle University, UK 
Key Features 
• Emphasises advances in understanding pig behaviour as the foundation for understanding and improving welfare 
• Comprehensive coverable of welfare issues across the value chain, covering breeding and gestation, farrowing and lactation, weaning, growing and finishing as well as transport, lairage and slaughter 
• Particular focus on ways of assessing and reducing pain in such areas as tail docking and castration 

The Burleigh Dodds Science Database 

The Burleigh Dodds Science Database
Our authoritative and comprehensive database of over 1500 reviews of research brings with it an elite and unrivalled team of international experts in agricultural science. 
Our versatile database provides users with a knowledge base on which to build on their own research, improve product development or inform best practice on the farm. 
Find out what the Burleigh Dodds Science Database can offer you by contacting us below! 


poultry, UK poultry producers, animal health, BREXIT
More protection for UK poultry producer standards 
Mark Williams, Chief Executive of the British Egg Industry Council (BEIC), has claimed that the standards of imported eggs need to be equally matched against those attached to domestically produced eggs in the UK as per any new trade agreements that are to be drawn up by the UK government post-Brexit. For Williams, it's key that new welfare standards that are to be introduced do not discriminate against British poultry farmers. [Read more here]. 
BDS Related Chapter: Welfare standards for laying hens 
sheep, livestock, sheep industry, BASIS, national sheep association
New registry for sheep industry launched 
BASIS and the National Sheep Association (NSA) have partnered up to develop the Register of Sheep Advisers (RoSA). The newly formed association will encourage additional personal development and training for advisers currently working within the UK sheep industry. Projected members include, nutritionists, vets, environmental advisers, farmers, technical consultants and more. [Read more here]
dairy cattle, livestock health, livestock vaccination
Benefits of vaccinating livestock young 
A new article written by Will Hehemann, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), USA has explored the benefits to vaccinating young livestock. Hehemann, alongside other livestock health specialists including Dr David Fernandez, UAPB, have suggested that the costs lost as a result of the death of a single calf, lamb or kid from a preventable disease could fund a vaccination program for a whole herd or flock. [Read more here]. 
heat stress, livestock, dairy cattle
Tackling heat stress in UK dairy herds 
Lallemand Animal Nutrition and Chalcombe Ltd - an independent dairy consultancy - have joined forces to develop and launch the first ever UK-based real time trial that aims to quantify the risk of heat stress in UK dairy cows. With limited data on the impact of heat stress in UK and Irish cows, the trial is hoped to raise awareness of the associated risks of heat stress amongst producers. [Read more here]. 
BDS Related Insight: Heat stress in dairy cattle 

Recently Published 

Professor Marcia Endres, University of Minnesota, USA 
About the Book 
The book summarises the wealth of recent research on dairy cattle behaviour, reviewing areas such as cognition, learning, pain and stress. 
The collection features authoritative assessments by leading experts on developments in welfare indicators, monitoring and certification, as well as approaches to improve welfare practices of calves, heifers and transition cows at different stages of production including housing, transport and slaughter. 

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Burleigh Dodds Crops Round Up 
20 May 2021 

New title explores the nutritional value of cereal crops 

Professor Trust Beta, University of Manitoba, Canada 
Key Features 
• Provides a comprehensive coverage of recent research into the nutritional components of cereals, such as wheat, oats, rye, spelt, sorghum and millet 
• Offers key discussions on the importance and implications of cereal-based products on human health (e.g. cardiovascular, cancer, diabetes) 
• Builds on the foundations for the future development of nutritionally-enhanced cereal products 
Watch a short video by Professor Trust Beta where she discusses her newly edited title, as well as its projected importance for the sector. 

Editor Announcement 

We're delighted to announce that Professor Barbara Amon has agreed to edit our forthcoming collection: ‘Developing circular/closed-loop agricultural production systems‘. 
Dr Amon is an Associate Professor for Environmental Engineering and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Zielona Góra, Poland, and a Senior Research Scientist and Coordinator of the Research Programme “Precision farming in crop and livestock production” at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) in Potsdam, Germany. 
Read the full announcement here


plant breeding, food security
The importance of plant breeding 
A new report published by HFFA Research - an independent scientific consultancy based in Brussels - has claimed that plant breeding holds an integral role in ensuring global food security and is vital for achieving sustainable agriculture. The report calls for greater investment and innovation in plant breeding practices. [Read more here]. 
gene editing, genome editing
Next step in gene editing for UK? 
Scientists at Rothamsted Research, UK have submitted an application to the UK Government for a licence that will enable them to grow gene edited wheat in a series of field trials across Hertfordshire and Suffolk. If approved, the licence will allow the researchers to grow wheat with reduced levels of asparagine without compromising grain quality. [Read more here]. 
soil health, nematodes
Assessing nematode behaviour in soils 
A team of researchers from the University of Oregon, USA are investigating how nematodes interact when in soil. Despite the prominence of harmful nematodes throughout agriculture, the research group dedicated their study to analysing soil-dwelling nematodes - a variety of non-parasitic nematodes.  
[Read more here]. 
BDS Related Chapter: Nematodes associated with maize 
tropical forests, deforestation
Countries unite to protect forests 
The US, UK and Norway have launched a cooperative initiative to protect the world's tropical forests. The Leaf Coalition (Lowering Emissions by Accelerating Forest Finance) aims to raise $1 billion across the public and private sector within the year to aid further protection of tropical forests, as well as to reduce emissions from deforestation. [Read more here]. 
The Forestry Collection 
Discover our collection of over 90 chapters that review advances in understanding sustainable management of boreal/temperate and tropical forests. 
The collection also includes authoritative chapters that discuss advances in agroforestry and grassland and pasture management. 
Find out more about the Forestry collection here. 
Alternatively, browse our database and discover the collection suitable to your research/information needs. 

New title on soil health coming soon 

Professor Wilfred Otten, Cranfield University, UK 
About the Book 
Understanding and measuring the different dimensions of soil health is key to achieving regenerative agriculture. There has been a wealth of research on developing better analytical techniques to measure the biological, physical and chemical properties of soils. 
This new book reviews these developments and their implications for better management of farm soils. The volume begins by reviewing advances in measuring soil biological activity such as earthworms and fungi as indicators of soil health. 
NEW Open Access Chapter Published 
Advances in genetic mapping of Septoria nodorum blotch resistance in wheat and applications in resistance breeding gives an update on the recent progress in genetic mapping of SNB resistance in wheat, with focus on adult plant leaf blotch and glume blotch resistance with relevance to resistance breeding. 

Recently Published Titles 

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Burleigh Dodds Livestock Round Up 
20 May 2021 

Reducing risk of foodborne diseases in poultry 

poultry, disease, poultry health
Almost half of fresh shop-bought chicken tests positive for Campylobacter - a bacteria that causes food poisoning - according to a newly published Australian research study. 
Researchers from Murdoch University and the Department of Health of Western Australia collaborated on the year-long study in hopes of decreasing the current rate of Campylobacter infections across the nation. This comes in response to Australia's listing as one of the nation's with the highest infection rates of Campylobacter in the developed world. 
The study involved the testing of around 315 raw chicken products, ranging from whole chickens to breast fillets, thighs and wings. 
Read the article here, or alternatively, access the published research paper here

Campylobacter in poultry: Key chapters 

Title: Zoonoses affecting poultry: the case of Campylobacter 
Authors: Tom J. Humphrey and Lisa K. Williams, Swansea University, UK 
Title: Food safety control on poultry farms: effective control of Campylobacter 
Authors: Xiang Liu, University of Tennessee, USA, Irene Hanning, Lincoln International Academy, Nicaragua, Sandra Diaz-Sanchez, Spain and Jun Lin, University of Tennessee, USA 

New titles coming in June 

Dr Navaratnam Partheeban, formerly Royal Agricultural University, UK 
Key Features 
• Comprehensive coverage of advances in optimising all the key steps in developing successful new animal feed products, from assessing feed ingredients, product development and processing to maintaining quality and safety 
• Covers latest research on understanding and improving animal feed conversion efficiency 
• Particular focus on the key issue of feed safety, particularly preventing mycotoxin and other contamination risks 
Dr Richard Baines, Royal Agricultural University, UK 
About the book 
The book provides authoritative reviews on measuring greenhouse has (GHG) emissions from livestock as well as the range of methods that can be applied to reduce emissions, ranging from breeding to animal health and manure management. 
The collection also reviews nutritional approaches such as improving forage quality and the use of plant bioactive compounds and other feed supplements to limit emissions by modifying the rumen environment. 


piglet, piglet mortality
Preventing piglet mortality 
A new article written by Dr Irene Camerlink, Polish Academy of Science, Poland has explored the best measures to prevent piglet mortality in free farrowing pens. Farrowing crates restrict the sow's movement, removing the risk of piglet crushing and ultimate death. Despite this, there are rising concerns around the welfare of the sow. [Read more here]. 
beef, beef industry emissions
Reducing beef industry emissions 
The beef industry can drastically reduce its net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the implementation of improvements in land management and production, claims new research. Led by a team of researchers at Colorado State University, USA, the research suggests that beef production cannot achieve net-zero without further innovation. [Read more here]. 
dairy herd health, dairy cattle
Investing in dairy herd health 
Dr John Curtis - President and Founder of Agtech, Inc - has claimed that investing in dairy herd health before illness and diseases occurs can promote production and improve the overall operation of dairy farms in the long run. Dr Curtis lists six methods that farmers can implement to achieve this, including feeding the herd a high-quality diet and providing them with clean, comfortable housing. [Read more here]. 
BDS Related Book: Improving dairy herd health 
avian flu, poultry, poultry health
Fears around revivial of Avian flu remain 
Keepers of poultry in East Anglia, UK have been urged to stay vigilant despite the removal of strict biosecurity measures put in place to prevent the spread of avian flu across the region. This call from Britain's three chief veterinary officers comes after DEFRA's recent announcement which saw the threat of avian flu reduced to 'low'. [Read more here]. 
Open Access 
Are you currently writing a chapter for any of our forthcoming publications and are interested in the possibility of publishing it as Open Access (OA)? 
Please Contact Us to discuss the options available and the next steps. 
Alternatively, browse our current Open Access chapters here. 

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Burleigh Dodds Crops Round Up 
13 May 2021 

Nutritional value of cereals explored in new title 

We're delighted to announce the publication of Improving the nutritional and nutraceutical properties of wheat and other cereals which features expert contributions from 20+ international researchers. 
Professor Trust Beta, University of Manitoba, Canada 
About the Book 
The collection reviews key research into the nutritional components of cereals and their role in preventing chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cancer. Initial chapters cover our understanding of the nutritional value of starch, antioxidants and lipids in wheat. 
The book also details the interactions of these components with the gut and whether the way they are processed can inhibit or optimise benefits to overall human health. 

Measuring agricultural sustainability using a data-driven approach 

data management, data-driven approach, agriculture, sustainable agriculture
Scientists working at the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) are relying on a data-driven approach to evaluate land management and overall sustainability in large landscapes. 
The approach utilises datasets collected on vegetation, climate and land use and combines this knowledge with spatial and statistical models to evaluate both short and long-term effects of agricultural production on large rangelands. 
The study assessed these effects on landscapes managed by a collaborative conservation group (The Malpai Borderlands Group) who manage 800,000+ acres of land. 
Read more about the study here. 


crop irrigation, sustainable agriculture
New tool to combat nematodes? 
Scientists are utilising leading genome editing technologies, such as CRISPR, to improve soybean plants' resistance to major nematode threats including the soybean cyst nematode and the southern root-knot nematode. The use of genome editing technologies allows researchers to apply a wider variety of traits to a crop species, in turn improving yield and levels of resistance. [Read more here]. 
BDS Related Insight: Nematode pests in agriculture 
soil health, climate change, sustainable agriculture
Effects of extreme weather in UK 
A team of researchers from the University of Exeter, UK have assessed the effects of extreme weather conditions on UK agriculture through interviews with farmers, advisors, consultants and industry representatives. The findings demonstrate that although UK farmers are aware of the changing climate, their priorities do not lie with implementing methods to adapt to this change. [Read more here]. 
on-farm water usage, sustainable agriculture
Reducing on-farm water usage 
Corteva AgriScience and Arpac - a drone development company based in South America - have developed a drone spraying system that is suggested to reduce water usage by up to 96%. Those working closely on the project report that the drones only require 10 litres of water per hectare, whilst tractors use on average 250 litres per hectare. [Read more here]. 
BDS Related Chapter: Modelling water use on farms 
fall armyworm, FAW, africa, maize crops
Tackling FAW in Africa 
Fall armyworm (FAW) is a devastating pest that continues to attract attention from the agricultural community due to its ability to wipe out maize crops. Since the first discovery in Western Africa five years ago, it's been suggested that FAW is now responsible for the loss of 8-20 million tonnes of maize. As an important source of food security in Africa, alternative control methods are being explored to manage FAW. [Read more here]. 

Upcoming Conference 

Controlled Environment Agriculture 4.0
We're delighted to be exhibiting at Controlled Environment Agriculture 4.0 alongside 450+ industry attendees tomorrow! 
The conference will take place in a virtual setting over the space of two days: 
• Day 1: 14th May 2021 
• Day 2: 4th June 2021 
The conference will look at the strategic context of ongoing, future programmes and developments within CEA, while also delving deep into the core topics of the various methods of growing associated with CEA, including: capital expenditure (Capex), operational expenditure (Opex) and standardisation & interoperability. 

New title on genome editing 

EDr Matthew R. Willmann, Cornell University, USA 
About the Book 
Genome editing is rapidly transforming plant research. The technique offers unparalleled precision in breeding without the need to introduce foreign DNA into plants. CRISPR/Cas systems have established themselves as the leading technique in genome editing. 
This new book takes stock of the wealth of research on these techniques and their potential in crop breeding, such as: TALENS and zinc finger nucleases and double-strand break repair techniques. 
What Others are Saying... 
"With its breadth of coverage and the expertise of the distinguished international team of contributing authors, this comprehensive guide to genome editing for precision crop breeding promises to be an ideal reference for researchers and graduate students and those working in agriculture and plant biotechnology around the world." 
Professor Caixia Gao, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology – Chinese Academy of Sciences 

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Burleigh Dodds Livestock Round Up 
13 May 2021 

An interview with: Professor Sandra Edwards 

pig welfare, animal welfare, professor sandra edwards
At the beginning of the year, we published an extensive collection on Understanding the behaviour and improving the welfare of pigs that included contributions from 30+ international experts. 
We were delighted to have had this collection of work edited by Emerita Professor Sandra Edwards, Newcastle University, UK who is widely regarded as one of the world's leading experts on pig welfare. 
Since the book's publication, Professor Edwards has continued to explore how science can be modelled to improve pig welfare at all stages of production: 
“The interactions between health and welfare are hugely important. If pigs have an underlying health issue such as stomach ulcers, for example, resulting pains can influence aggression. Knowing this means that we can change the nutrition or other factors to help solve it." 
Most recently, Professor Edwards was interviewed by Pig World in which she discussed how the research included in her latest edited collection can be utilised to interpret and measure the emotions and behaviour of pigs to meet current welfare protocols, as well as improve overall animal welfare. 
Read the full interview here. 

Improvements to Pig Welfare Explored in New Title 

About the Book 
This collection reviews genetic and developmental factors affecting pig behaviour and current welfare issues at different production stages, as well as specific issues such as tail biting and castration. 
The book concludes with an assessment of ways to measure welfare, including techniques to monitor pig behaviour. 
Sample Content 
Preview the initial pages of the book, including an insight into Chapter 1 which assesses the advances in understanding the genetics of pig behaviour. 

What Others are Saying... 

"Animal welfare is an essential aspect of modern livestock production and a sound knowledge of animal behaviour is fundamentally important to understand animal welfare. The proposed content of this book is excellent and covers all major themes in the field of pig behaviour and welfare. The list of authors includes most of the best scientists in the area. Therefore, I am fully convinced that this book will become a must for anyone interested not only in pig welfare, but also in pig production in general." 
Dr Xavier Manteca, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain 


heat stress, livestock, dairy cattle, cows
Tackling heat stress using data 
Cargill UK and Lallemand Animal Nutrition have partnered up on a new project that will see the installation of automated, cloud-based data loggers on 30 dairy farms across the UK that will enable farmers to upload live temperature and humidity data. The project is aimed to increase farmers' ability to monitor their herd and the risk of heat stress during the hot summer months.  
[Read more here]. 
BDS Related Insight: Heat stress in dairy cattle 
heat stress, pigs, swine
Importance of keeping pigs cool revealed in new study 
New research from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the University of Kassel, Germany has suggested that ensuring pigs are kept in cool temperatures during periods of heat stress can positively impact their fouling behaviour. The study involved testing two methods of cooling finisher houses with partly slatted floors. [Read more here]. 
poultry health management school, poultry health
Renowned poultry health school goes virtual 
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Poultry Health Management School (PHMS) has announced that the 2021 two-day course will take place in a virtual setting. The course aims to educate those working with poultry on the latest research, discoveries and innovations towards improving flock health and performance. [Read more here]. 
arla foods, sustainable dairy farming, dairy
Arla Foods leading the way? 
Arla Foods has developed a new tool that is equipped with the ability to identify the carbon footprint of individual farms. The tool - Climate Checks - was used to collect data from nearly 8000 farms across Europe that supply Arla with dairy products. Results from the study determine that Arla farmers are some of the most climate-efficient dairy producers in the world. [Read more here]. 

Addressing key challenges in organic farming 

Dr Mette Vaarst, Aarhus University, Denmark and Dr Stephen Roderick, Duchy College, UK 
Key Features 
• Reviews key challenges and solutions in improving the health and welfare of organic farm animals 
• Addresses how organic livestock farming can build on smallholder systems such as pastoralism and agroforestry 
• Includes case studies on improving organic farming of dairy and beef cattle, sheep and goats, pig and poultry 
Open Access 
Are you currently writing a chapter for any of our forthcoming publications and are interested in the possibility of publishing it as Open Access (OA)? 
Please Contact Us to discuss the options available and the next steps. 
Alternatively, browse our current Open Access chapters here. 

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Burleigh Dodds Crops Round Up 
06 May 2021 

How can food production be made more sustainable? 

food production, sustainable
Researchers from the University of Cambridge, UK have revealed a new approach that could be adopted to improve current food production and reduce the rate of global food insecurity. 
In their research, the scientists analysed circadian clock genes which allow for plants to recognise daily and seasonal rhythms. 
With a wealth of research already completed on these genes, the scientists have called for the agricultural sector to now instigate an exploitation of the circadian system. For the scientists, this exploitation represents itself in the development of a new process which they have coined: 'chronoculture'. 
Previous research has expressed that a plant's circadian system is extremely influential in the regulation of several functions that can either enhance or hinder yield, flowering time, nutrient and water use. 
Read the full article here. 

Editor Announcement 

We are delighted to announce that Professor Claas Nendel has agreed to edit our forthcoming collection: ‘Modelling climate change impacts on agricultural systems‘. 
Professor Nendel heads the Research Group on Landscape Modelling at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany. He is also Professor of Landscape Systems Analysis at the University of Potsdam. 
Read our full announcement here

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crop irrigation, sustainable agriculture
Improving crop irrigation 
Researchers from the University of Illinois, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences have suggested implementable methods that can be used to improve the sector's current understanding and application of precision crop irrigation. The study identifies potential solutions that can be utilised at farm level - such as the use of remote sensing fusion technology and advanced modelling. [Read more here]. 
new wheat varieties
Developing new wheat varieties 
A new project led by researchers at the University of Alberta, Canada to develop new varieties of wheat is set to be financed by the Canadian Wheat Research Coalition (CWRC). The CWRC are committing a total of $2 million over a five-year agreement which will the development of five new varieties of earlier-maturing and higher-yielding wheat. [Read more here]. 
biopesticides, CHAP
Supporting biopesticide research 
A new tool that is claimed to support the research and development of biopesticides has been developed by an array of scientists working at Crop Health and Protection (CHAP), CABI and Fera. The National Reference Collection is the first of its kind to exist in the UK and offers unrestricted access to a supply of live isolates of fungi and bacteria. [Read more here]. 
bananas, African bananas
Investing in African bananas 
Greater investment is needed in African bananas to ensure resilience and improve sustainability, claims Afruibana - a recognised association for African banana producers. This claim was the result of a two-year report on the shrinking role of African bananas in the European market due to the emergence of Latin American bananas that are bought at a reduced fee in comparison. [Read more here]. 
BDS Related Chapter: Banana cultivation in Africa 

Upcoming Conferences 

ISRR 2021
The joint ISRR11 and ROOTING2021 conference will virtually be taking place at the end of the month, from 24th-28th May 2021. 
The meeting will bring together the global root research community to foster exchange and discuss new discoveries, developments and challenges in root biology. 
Download a PDF copy of the conference agenda here

New Title on Plant Root Science 

Emeritus Professor Peter J. Gregory, University of Reading, UK 
About the Book 
The book features authoritative reviews of current research in all aspects of root science, including root growth regulators, root anatomy, nutrient acquisition and root system architecture. 
It discusses the responses of plant roots to abiotic and biotic stresses and how understanding nutrient uptake can be exploited to optimise root function. 
What Others are Saying... 
"This book brings together the foremost scientists in plant root research and promises to be a unique one-stop reference for the latest in root research. The chapters and topics are timely and important in exploiting our understanding of plant roots to help solve the resource challenges facing agriculture." 
Professor Michelle Watt, University of Bonn, Germany; Director - Institute of Bio and Geosciences 2 (IBG-2), Germany; President of the International Society of Root Research 

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Burleigh Dodds Livestock Round Up 
06 May 2021 

Promoting dairy cow welfare through herd improvement 

dairy cows, dairy welfare
With growing concern from consumers and regulatory agencies about the welfare of farmed animals such as dairy cows, the livestock sector must assess how animal welfare can be improved whilst ensuring livestock production remains economically and environmentally sustainable. 
A new article has assessed the importance of cow welfare in relation to the overall health status of the animal, as well as their ability to mitigate and deal with external and internal stress factors. 
The article details how dairy herd improvements (DHI) can be implemented to promote cow welfare and considers two major factors in achieving this: 
• Farm design and management practices 
• Farm nutrition and animal health status 
Read the full article here. 

New title explores improving dairy herd health 

Professor Émile Bouchard, University of Montreal, Canada 
About the Book 
This collection reviews key challenges in dairy herd health management, such as effective monitoring and diagnosis of infectious diseases, as well as recent developments in areas such as disease prevention and disease surveillance. 
It reviews HHM issues across the dairy cow life cycle, from reproduction and calf health to the transition stage and replacement of stock. 

The Health and Welfare Collection 

Discover our collection of over 120 chapters that cover advances in understanding diseases affecting livestock and how they can be be better controlled. 
The collection also includes authoritative chapters that discuss our current understanding of farm animal welfare and how this can be optimised for future improvements. 
Find out more about the Health and Welfare collection here. 
Alternatively, browse our database and discover the collection suitable to your research/information needs. 


poultry, biosecurity measures
Improving biosecurity measures 
The Australian Federal Government have responded to recent calls led by the National Farmers Federation to increase funding for improvements to the country's current biosecurity measures. The government announced that an investment of $371 million would be allocated to modernising and expanding Australia's biosecurity system. [Read more here]. 
dairy cattle, welfare, dairy welfare
Heat stress in dairy cattle 
With temperatures rising as a result of climate change, concerns around the comfortability and health of different livestock types, including dairy cattle, are high. To reduce the impact of heat stress, experts have suggested ensuring a combination of good roof insulation and a quality ventilation system. 
[Read more here]. 
BDS Related Insight: Heat stress in dairy cattle 
weaners, welfare
Enhancing weaner care and welfare 
A new article has suggested that issues relating to housing capacity can be avoided through consistent and direct weaner care. Whilst some producers decide to create additional spaces in the pig house, Roy Hannen instead opted to combine nutrition and hygiene to enhance the growth rate of his herd. 
[Read more here]. 
BDS Related Chapter: Welfare of weaned piglets 
sheep, sheep breeding
Key meeting for sheep breeders confirmed 
One of the most important meetings for sheep breeders and those interested in sheep production has been allocated an official date. The Sheep Breeders Round Table is set to take place from 15th-19th November 2021 in collaboration with multiple leading UK associations, such as the AHDB and the National Sheep Association. [Read more here]. 
BDS Related Chapter: Advances in sheep breeding 

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