Centre of Excellence
We provide expertise and support for upcoming researchers in the field, offering a broad foundation to develop careers in the industry. We have strong relationships with key stakeholders and research institutes, enabling us to support significant, industry relevant research projects.
Improved Disease Resistance
Lauren’s PhD (BBSRC iCASE) in parsnip disease at the University of Warwick was part funded and supported by Elsoms. With her thesis in the ‘Characterisation of parsnip canker pathogens and identification of plant resistance’, she aimed to improve disease resistance in Elsoms’ hybrid parsnip varieties. Lauren’s research project provided a better understanding of parsnip canker, allowing Elsoms’ breeding team to continue its specialism in breeding excellent, high quality parsnip varieties.
Better Varieties, Quicker to Market
Luke’s association with Elsoms began with a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the University of Warwick. Luke implemented genetic marker technologies to support Elsoms’ commercial needs and helped develop skills in Marker Assisted Selection (MAS) technology. By adopting the skills and technology, we have been able to reduce the time needed to develop new varieties, but also to develop new market opportunities. Luke’s work was recognised by the Lord Stafford Best KTP Awards and he is now a lecturer at Reading University. He maintains strong links with Elsoms.
Trialled and Tested
We highly value feedback and work closely with growers and processors to inform our selections and target relevant traits. Our dedicated trials team work with growers across the whole country to ensure our varieties and seed treatments perform in commercial production. Every year, we are entrusted with a range of trials performed on behalf of third parties, including UK official trials for several crops. We pride ourselves on the high quality and integrity of these trials.