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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is proud to support the United Nations International Year of Plant Health

17/01/2020

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is proud to support the United Nations International Year of Plant Health

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is proud to support the United Nations International Year of Plant Health.

Today (17th Jan), the UK government’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs marked the launch with an announcement that three thousand trees have been planted in Hampshire as part of a pioneering project to tackle the devastating tree disease, ash dieback.

You can find further information about UKRI’s involvement, at the UKRI International Year of Plant Health pages.

This will be updated with further information about our activity throughout 2020.

UKRI’s focus for the year will be on four key themes relating to plant health:

  1. Agriculture and food production
  2. Drug production and medical uses; related public health issues
  3. Bio-renewables for chemicals, clean growth, low carbon economy
  4. Wider environmental factors such as the balance of crops vs diverse plants; importance of plants for mental health and wellbeing

Plant health is important for everyone because plants make up 80 percent of the food we eat, yet they are under constant attack from pests and diseases. UKRI is working to find solutions to plant health issues to increase yields, reduce environmental impact and prevent outbreaks.

The UK plays an important role in dealing with plant health issues across the world, through UKRI and the researchers and innovators it funds. UKRI are working to ensure the best possible environment for plant health research and innovation to flourish. As a result, the UK plant health research and innovation community has achieved amazing things so far, including benefits for global sustainability, economic growth and wellbeing.

Plant health issues are international and interdisciplinary and need cross discipline solutions, so UKRI collaborates with partners, including industry end-users.

To learn more about International Year of Plant Health and how UKRI are involved, follow us on social media:

Hashtags: #planthealth #IYPH2020.

Accounts: UKRI Twitter (@UKRI_News), UKRI LinkedIn, and we’ll also be posting on NERC’s Instagram @NERCscience and BBSRC’s Facebook.


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