Agrisciences Young Researchers 2015: Crop Production, Protection and Utilisation


Syngenta, Jealott’s Hill International Research Centre, UK
Wednesday 8 July 2015
A day for interdisciplinary networking organised by SCI Agrisciences Group

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This event is for early career scientists working in biological, chemical, environmental and other relevant sciences and all those interested in learning about progress and meeting new talent in agrisciences.

Topics received so far for this event include ecosystem services, insecticide resistance, crop and plant physiology, crop storage and shelf life, molecular biology, crop protection, mathematical modeling and soil science.


PhD students and first post-docs wishing to present a poster (A0: 1189 mm x 841 mm, portrait) at this event should e-mail an abstract of 300 words (max.) indicating title and authors to by Friday 26th June 2015. Topics may be results, reviews or plans and may have already been presented elsewhere. Syngenta is generously sponsoring prizes for posters at this event. Prizes will be awarded, focusing on quality of science and clarity of communication.



09.55   Chair's welcome
10.00   Keynote talk: Title to be confirmed
Prof Stuart Dunbar, Syngenta, UK
10.30   Can insect pollination improve the resilience of faba bean (Vicia faba L.) yield to heat stress?
Mr Jacob Bishop, University of Reading, UK
10.30   The use of ozone to extend the shelf-life and maintain quality of fresh produce
Dr Marcin Glowacz, University of Greenwich, UK
11.10   Refreshment break and poster session
11.40   Novel synthetic auxin discovery platform
Mr Mussa Quareshy, University of Warwick, UK
12.00   Flash Presentations
5 presenters will each have 5 minutes to explain their posters in 5 slides
12.25   Lunch and poster session
12.50   Tour of Jealott’s Hill International Research Centre (optional) – 45 mins
14.00   Chair's welcome
14.05   Insecticide resistance management in oilseed rape in Europe: theory and practice
Dr Christoph Zimmer, Rothamsted Research, UK
14.25   Effect of entomopathogenic fungus Lecanicillium muscarium on the reproductive potential of the green peach aphids Myzus persicae and its progeny
Mr Akram Ali Mohammed, University of Reading, UK
14.45   Ecofriendly synergists for insecticide formulations (EcoSyn)
Dr Michela Panini, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy
15.05   Flash Presentations
4 presenters will each have 5 minutes to explain their posters in 5 slides
15.25   Refreshment break and poster session
15.55   Chair's welcome
16.00   Combining modelling and phenotyping to identify adaptive traits in wheat for climate change scenarios
Mr Henry Barber, University of Reading, UK
16.20   Reflections on soil cultivation influences on wheat performance in a changing climate
Miss Karen E Rial Lovera, Royal Agricultural University, UK
16.40   Supernumerary chromosomes evade genome defence in a fungal plant pathogen
Mr Adriaan Vanheule, Ghent University, Belgium
17.00   Closing remarks
17.05   Wine reception and prize giving
18.00   Meeting closes


Twitter Competition

Young researchers (masters students, PhD students and early post docs) in the field of agriscience are asked to tweet a picture of themselves with their research to @SCIAgrisciences. A selection will be chosen and displayed at the Agrisciences Young Researchers 2015 conference whereby the delegates will vote for the best. The winner will receive a prize of £50.

Further details including the rules of the competition are available here.

Organising Committee

Robin Blake, Syngenta
Alan Baylis, Nuvistix Innovation

Delegate Fees

Early Bird fees before Friday 5 June

£35 . . . . . . . . . . . . . SCI Members
£45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Non-Members

Standard fees after Friday 5 June

£45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SCI Members
£55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Non-Members

For booking terms and conditions click here.


Jealott’s Hill International Research Centre,
RG42 6EY

A location map can be found, here.

Free local transport will be provided from Bracknell and Maidenhead train stations.
Shuttle buses are likely to be arranged from both stations to the venue but final details will be confirmed nearer the time.

For more information, please contact:

Conference Team
T: +44 (0)20 7598 1561


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