NIAB is a plant science research organisation developing parental plant breeding material, research, technical services and training in plant genetic resources for world-wide use. With over 80 years experience in the agricultural and food sectors, we have earned a reputation for independence, innovation and integrity. Our traditional core activities are variety characterisation and evaluation, seed testing, operating official seed certification schemes and training.
A major new function of NIAB is to engage in pre-competitive plant breeding with a mandate to produce a portfolio of novel traits targeted at specific end-uses. The imperative of this initiative will be to develop new traits and capture them in germplasm that is acceptable and usable by commercial plant breeding companies. The main focus will be on environmentally and nutritionally relevant, strategic traits in line with the needs of UK government and society.
Three operational centres function to supply research, services and training to a broad customer base including governments, supra-governmental agencies, the international development agencies, science research councils, agribusiness, industry funded non-governmental organisations, plant breeders, commercial companies, consultants and farmers.
Based in Cambridge, UK, NIAB is located in a world-renowned centre for science, technology and education, at the heart of the UK agricultural and food industries. NIAB operates a quality management system accredited to ISO 9001: 2000 for all its activities.
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