Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club (SARIC) sandpit

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8-9 March 2016 (Tuesday - Wednesday)
Park Inn, Nottingham

 This event has now closed 

NERC, the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) held a 1·5-day interactive workshop (sandpit) with the ultimate aim of funding a cohort of high quality, multidisciplinary research translation projects within the remit of the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club (SARIC).

  • This was a SARIC event and therefore all proposal ideas developed during the sandpit needed to fall within the remit of SARIC.
  • Participants received feedback on project ideas throughout the sandpit.
  • Research translation proposals can be further developed by sandpit participants and must be submitted through Je-S by 16:00 on 12 May 2016.
  • For those invited to attend, accommodation was provided and reasonable costs for travel met.

SARIC industry members have identified the following topics or questions that could be suitable for development into a research translation project:

  1. Solutions for measuring and managing soil health across crop rotations.
  2. Provision of robust management information on below-ground components of cropping systems to optimise rooting and the root environment.
  3. Development of a visualisation tool which integrates remotely-sensed and in-situ data to deliver tangible benefits for agriculture and the wider environment.
  4. Development of a Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) population advisory tool that provides robust advice on management options.
  5. Development of technologies to monitor animal weight, thereby optimising nutrient supply and improving efficiency of production.
  6. Development of a real-time portable technology for the on-farm assessment of actual nutrient digestibility in livestock.
  7. Provision of decision-support on organic slurry storage and treatment techniques to enhance nutrient use efficiencies.
  8. To what extent can technology be used to monitor bioresponses of individual animals for efficient production, optimal health and welfare, and reduction of environmental load?

These topics and questions were described in depth at the sandpit itself.

For more information, please see the document below.

Sandpit call for participants (PDF, 261KB)

Registration has now closed.


For further details please contact:

Emily Flowers
Senior programme manager (innovation)
01793 411721