Based at East Malling in Kent, NIAB EMR is an inter­na­tion­al­ly renowned plant sci­ence organ­i­sa­tion con­duct­ing research on hor­ti­cul­tur­al crops and their inter­ac­tions with the envi­ron­ment, with par­tic­u­lar empha­sis on peren­ni­al and clon­al­ly prop­a­gat­ed fruit crops. NIAB EMR became part of The NIAB Group in Jan­u­ary 2016.

NIAB EMR conducts high-quality strategic and applied research in horticultural and environmental sciences, delivering knowledge, products and services that benefit public and private customers. 


As the UK’s largest horticultural research and development organisation, NIAB EMR has a significant international reputation for strategic and applied research and development and innovation in horticulture, with particular emphasis on perennial and clonally propagated crops. Our research is delivered through three scientific research departments (Genetics, Genomics and Breeding, Pest and Pathogen Ecology, and Crop Science and Production Systems).

With a focus on the horticultural production-to-supply chain, particularly in soft and top fruit, NIAB EMR tackles the challenges associated with climate change, food security, food chain quality and resource use efficiency, to optimise economic and environmental sustainability in crops. This means less waste across the food system and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. We also specialise in the ecology of crop pests and pathogens and the environmental and biotic factors which affect them.

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