DEFRA’s Farming Innovation Programme Awards £391k to Eagle Genomics for Groundbreaking Soil Microbiome Research

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DEFRA’s Farming Innovation Programme has awarded Eagle Genomics, leveraging science from Rothamsted Research and CABI, a £391k award to explore the vital role of soil microbiomes by analysing data signatures between different agricultural practices and linking these to develop a soil health barometer.
The award – to be delivered in partnership with Innovate UK’s Transforming Food Production (TFP) Challenge – aims to give farmers and growers solutions for improved arable productivity with less environmental impact.

As well as novel data analysis and insights using Eagle Genomics’ innovative e[datascientist] platform,  this two-year feasibility study will utilise soil from sites in the ASSIST farm network, which are also included in the BBSRC-funded UK Crop Microbiome Cryobank project, as well as Rothamsted long term experimental fields. It also builds on Rothamsted’s past research in understanding biological, physical, and chemical elements of soil health.

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