Agriculture researchers aim to put sector on election agenda

This is good news. Anything we can do to raise the profile of science in this election - and try to differentiate the parties based on their policies towards it - is a very good thing.

“The burden of reporting has made partnerships more complex than they need to be,” he said. said. Some international researchers, he said, have told him they are so frustrated by the amount of red tape involved they haven’t even bothered to apply for funding or put forward research applications.
International research collaboration, Buy said, is essential for agriculture’s future success.
So, too is ‘basic’ research also know as ‘discovery’ or ‘foundational’ research – which includes longer term projects that often address broader questions rather than specific issues in farmer’s fields or barns.