SOLVING AGRI-FOOD CHALLENGES
Enigma is Fera’s strategic R&D model established to support continued research, innovation and knowledge transfer across the agri-food sector through a joined-up approach with Fera and industry partners.
Thought to be one of the first research models of its kind in the agri-food sector, Enigma relies on industry collaboration to address exacting industry challenges.
Each Enigma project will be co-sponsored by industry partners enabling Fera to deliver world-class science to find end-to-end solutions to sector challenges.
With access to internal knowledge, expertise and a rich network of academics internationally, Fera’s aim with each Enigma project is to help create sustainable food production systems that are truly fit for the future.
Fera has undertaken comprehensive sector market research to identify the exacting challenges faced by the agri-food sector to set the agenda for upcoming Enigma projects.
Wireworm continues to be a problem for potato and carrot growers and is increasingly being seen in other crops such as cereals, field beans, sugar beat, onions and maize. The pattern of wireworm damage is changing, however the industry is yet to understand why and how these damage patterns are altering.
Fera has identified that R&D is required to understand in greater detail the lifecycle of the pest to enable producers to successfully use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques to control wireworm. Further research into the identification of wireworm species is also required.
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With the support of industry partners, 'Enigma I', will seek to deliver the following:
WIREWORM IDENTIFICATION SERVICE
WIREWORM MONITORING RESOURCES
PREDICTIVE MODELLING TECHNIQUES
DECISION SUPPORT TOOLS
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To deliver end-to-end practical solutions to pertinent sector challenges, there must be a strong connection between scientists and industry partners which is why knowledge exchange is a crucial element of any Enigma project.
Industry partners will also access several other benefits, including:
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