Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Over recent years, we have collaborated in several Knowledge Transfer Partnerships to the benefit of both our School and our partners.

Biological control agents

Nematologists in the Crops Group have been working with naturally occurring biological control agents for over 20 years. This research has promoted several links with industrial/commercial partners seeking to develop more environmentally benign crop protection products to meet the strengthening European Union regulations on pesticide use in crop production systems. Projects have included Department for International Development funded collaboration with Dudutech (Kenya) Ltd. in the mass production of biological control agents for root-knot nematodes which are serious constraints to the production of vegetable and flower crops in Kenya.

Information systems to monitor dairy herds

Cattle at CEDARThe Veterinary Epidemiology & Economics Research Unit (VEERU) was the academic partner for two projects under the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) and its predecessor the Teaching Companies Scheme (TCS). Both projects involved the development of appropriate information systems that facilitate dairy farmers and veterinarians bench-marking and monitoring performance of their dairy herds. The industrial partners were PAN Livestock Services Ltd and National Milk Records. As a consequence of these activities there has been a dramatic and sustained increase in the routine use of milk recording information by both farmers and veterinarians in the UK.

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