The University of Lincoln has a proud track record of developing and delivering solutions for organisations in the farming and food manufacturing sectors and our partnerships with industry and businesses are central to our research agenda. With strong industry links and academic partnership, our multidisciplinary research and practical problem solving is expanding quickly as the list below demonstrates.
Horizon 2020 - Senior Lecturer Isobel Wright and Research Assistant Jenny Rowbottom are working closely with ADAS and Anglian Water to improve drinking water quality across Lincolnshire.
The European Commission is investing almost 10 million euros from its research and innovation budget under the Horizon 2020 programme in two projects, FAIRWAY and WaterProtect.
These projects aim to deliver new solutions, proven good practices and innovative governance models to protect drinking water resources from nutrient and pesticide pollution. The University of Lincoln is in partnership with Anglian Water and ADAS as part of FAIRWAY’s H2020 programme to improve water quality across Lincolnshire.
Safe drinking water is vital for human health and diffuse pollution of nitrogen and pesticides from agriculture is the main obstacle to meet drinking water quality targets. FAIRWAY is looking to review approaches for protection of drinking water resources against pollution by pesticides and nitrate, and to identify and further develop innovative measures and governance approaches for a more effective drinking water protection. Under these objectives, FAIRWAY is running a series of projects.
Issues with water quality in the Anglian region predominantly relate to high nitrate concentrations and pesticide contamination of surface waters. Anglian Water, the largest of 10 treatment and water supply companies in the UK, supplying drinking water to 4.2 million customers across England and Wales, are collaborating with the University of Lincoln and ADAS to improve drinking water quality by communicating with farmers and land managers in water catchment areas.
Under the FAIRWAY projects, Anglian Water is working to improve drinking water quality using three approaches to encourage behavioural change in farmers, reducing on-farm pesticide usage, with an emphasis on metaldehyde.
LIAT are using surveys and interviews with farmers in the three study areas, to gather data around farmers’ current pesticide handling behaviour and practices, business characteristics, factors influencing practices and cost-effectiveness as well as wider effects.
The study will report on critical factors in developing an intervention programme for long-term change.
A 24-month project which hopes to tackle the high cost of retail refrigeration has been led by a consortium comprising the University of Lincoln UK, Tesco Stores Ltd, the Grimsby Institute and Intelligent Management Systems Ltd. The full-scale project is called the Development of Dynamic Energy Control Mechanisms for Food Retailing Refrigeration Systems.
The cost of retail refrigeration totals more than 14% of the UK’s electricity usage and also represents roughly a third of a typical food and drink retailer’s energy cost. Supermarkets across the nation currently utilise thousands of refrigeration units, not only to keep our food and drink chilled, but also to prolong the shelf life of produce and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.
The research demonstrates the largest Demand Side Response (DSR) project to food retailing networks using the Internet of Things (IoT) technology. In the video below, Director of the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT), Professor Simon Pearson, discusses how the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) helped identify funding through an Innovate UK competition.
Agriculture in the coastal regions of Northern Europe is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Rising sea levels, saline intrusion of groundwater and greater pressures on our freshwater supplies have led to concerns about the impact of salt deposition on farmland soils.
SalFar (saline farming), is a project which aims to mitigate the potential threats of salinization through a collaboration of climate experts, researchers, educators, farmers, entrepreneurs and policy makers. In order to accomplish this, the project will conduct research on the salt tolerance of crops, demonstrating alternative methods of farming under saline conditions and creating new business opportunities for farmers, food producers and entrepreneurs.
The project is co-funded by the European Union Interreg programme for the North Sea Region and involves partners from Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and the UK.
The University of Lincoln, SalFar’s UK partner, is taking a multidisciplinary approach to the project. The Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT) have joined forces with the School of Geography and Lincoln International Business School to model the current and future agricultural risks of salinisation, trial salt tolerant crops, and explore the business case for saline agriculture.
More information can be found online.
Contact: Dr Iain Gould email@example.com