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Agricultural college and malting barley breeder form partnership

Riseholme College has agreed a partnership with Secobra Recherches, which will see the company have its new UK base at the college’s Showground Campus, on Lincolnshire Showground.


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Bill Meredith (left) and Paul Bury (right)
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Secobra is launching a new malting barley breeding programme in Lincolnshire, aiming to breed new varieties for the North European market.

 

The new partnership with Riseholme College aims to:

 

  • Provide students with the chance to take part in applied research projects with the Secobra team;

 

  • Give students work experience and apprenticeship opportunities with Secobra;

 

  • Establish a new plant breeding programme at Riseholme College;

 

  • Allow Risholme and Secobra to share expertise and a range of educational, research and other services.

 

Bill Meredith, acting chief executive and principal of Riseholme College, said the agreement will benefit the farming sector across Lincolnshire and far beyond.

 

“I am absolutely delighted to be able to announce this new partnership. Secobra is an internationally-renowned plant breeding company and the expertise of its team in Lincolnshire will now help Riseholme train the county’s future farmers.”


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New breeding programme

 

The partnership was announced as Secobra launched its new breeding programme at its trials platform at Skirbeck Farm, in Benniworth, Lincolnshire.

 

Secobra’s barley breeder for Europe North, Paul Bury, said: “We are really excited to be able to base our new breeding programme at Riseholme College and to work with the team there to share some of our knowledge and skills with the next generation.

 

“Based in France, Secobra Recherches has a long history of developing ground breaking new varieties for the malting barley sector in France, Germany, Russia and around the world. We will now look to add UK and Northern Europe to the areas the company’s products are successfully grown in.”

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