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Research Tours

Keep up to date with the latest fruit research and scientific developments

The scope of work at NIAB EMR is hugely impressive from new varieties through to pest control and water efficiency. Fruit Focus offers the ideal opportunity to take a guided tour encompassing East Malling Research's latest fruit research.

Sign up for the tours at the NIAB EMR stand as soon as possible on arrival to avoid disappointment. The tours are very popular so it is advised to put your name down sooner rather than later.

2019 NIAB EMR Research Tours

WET Centre with Dr Mark Else 

Hear about new developments to run-off stations and auto-venting systems in NIAB EMR's WET Centre, with a bumper strawberry crop expected in its first full year or production.

The WET Centre tour will run several times throughout the day at 10:00, 11:30, 13:45 and 14:45.


Pollination within strawberry crops with Dr Michelle Fountain

Hear about the latest updates from the 'Bumbleplus' pollination project for commercial strawberry crops, and use of flowering species in crop to enhance natural enemies. 

The pollination tour will run once at 10:30.


R&D vineyard with Dr Julien LeCourt

See new additions to the vineyard including trellis system accessories, frost protection system, fertigation system, and the planting of an extension for weed control research.

The R&D Vineyard research tour will run at 11:00 and 15:00.


Concept Pear Orchard tour with Graham Caspell

A return to the popular Concept Pear Orchard, providing the industry with an update on cropping levels likely to be experienced later in the 2018 season.

The concept pear orchard tour will run once at 14:00.

All tours leave from the NIAB EMR marquee unless otherwise stated.

Earn CPD points at Fruit Focus

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BASIS Professional Register members can earn one point per Research Tour attended, up to a maximum of four points. Bring your membership card to be scanned on the day. 

Research tours