BASIS Webinars

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May
12
Wed
BASIS: From Farmer to Pharma & Beyond –with Medicinal Cannabis&Hemp
May 12 @ 9:45 am – 4:30 pm

Edward Antil recommended the cultivation of cannabis in his Observations on the Raising and Dressing of Hemp (1777), saying “Hemp is one of the most profitable productions the earth furnishes in northern climates…”
The use of plants for regulated therapeutic use and other applications is growing worldwide and represents a major opportunity for growers to produce higher value crops. However there is still a lot of uncertainty for potential growers around access to varieties, the agronomic management, market opportunities and regulatory constraints surrounding a commitment to embrace them as part of the rotation.

We will also be looking at the innovations in processing and where the future demand is likely to be for pharma, fibre and oils and the plant parts which are likely to be of the highest value. Importantly, how is the business model going to work and how – and in which directions – is the money going to flow?

This is your opportunity to meet the key players across the value chain and learn more about what is involved in the broadacre and controlled environment production of hemp and cannabis, new variety development, processing solutions and needs, regulatory requirements and potential routes to market.

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BASIS: Zoom into Soil: Hidden Processes in Soils
May 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

‘Zoom into Soil: Hidden Processes in Soils’ will feature Associate Professor Dr Carsten Müller, University of Copenhagen, with his presentation, ‘Soil processes regulated at the microscale – using microscopy to zoom into soil’. We will also hear from an Early Career Postdoc whose research considers hidden processes.

In his presentation, Associate Professor Dr Carsten Müller will explain how soils capacity to store carbon and being a habitat for soil fauna and microorganisms are intricately linked. The decay of plant residues and the parallel build-up of soil organic matter happens at microscale sites within the complex 3D soil matrix. He will take you to these microscale hot spots and highlight the formation of soil organic matter at the interface of plants, microorganisms and soil minerals.

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Basis: Cultivation strategies and effective soil management
May 12 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

On Wednesday the 12th of May between 12.30PM and 1.30PM BASIS will be hosting an online webinar focussing on cultivation strategies and effective soil management. As all agronomists and growers will know, safeguarding our soils so they can continue to be utilised to produce the food we need is an integral part of developing sustainable farming systems.

Therefore, effective soil management has become a key subject area in a number of our qualifications including FACTS, Foundation in Soils, Quality of Soils and the Soil & Water Management Certificate. We have recently updated the syllabus for the Soil & Water Management Certificate with an increasing focus placed on certain topics such as cultivation strategies, compaction and climate change mitigation; more information on the course updates can be found in this BASIS news article. This webinar will be hosted by Greg Hopkinson, Head of Business Development at BASIS, who will be joined by two industry experts for the event.

Speakers:

Jane Rickson

Professor of Soil Erosion and Conservation at Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute

How fundamental and applied research into soil conservation practices can restore and improve the functioning of our precious soils so they can continue to deliver essential services such as food production, water regulation and mitigation of climate change.

Philip Wright

Independent consultant on cultivation and establishment machinery

Optimising soil structure by prevention (preferably) and cure (when needed) to improve soil resilience using the most economic and effective combination of roots and metal.

  • DATE: Wednesday the 12th May 2021
  • TIME: 12.30pm
  • DURATION: 45-60 minutes in total

1 CPD point will be awarded to BASIS Professional Register members who attend this event.

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May
25
Tue
BASIS: Dr Kris Nichols – Regenerating Soil – part 2
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dr Kris Nichols is joining us for another meeting to discuss Regenerating Soil to Biologically-Manage Fertility and Build Resilience to Against Pests and Diseases. Please see attachments.

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May
27
Thu
BASIS: Production of ornamental crops: Aphids and whiteflies
May 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Part 1 – 27 May 2021 16.00-17.00 –
Selection and use of biological control agents in the production of ornamental crops – Part one: Aphids and whiteflies

The use of biological control agents is now an established element of integrated pest management in the production of protected ornamental crops, including pot plants, bedding and hardy nursery stock.

Building on the recent suite of AHDB videos on biological control – creating an IPM programme, introducing biological control agents, crop monitoring and the use of sticky traps, this webinar will examine the ‘Selection and use of biological control agents in the production of ornamental crops’. It will include the control of key sap sucking pests such as aphids and whiteflies and will feature the well-known entomologist and IPM specialist Neil Helyer, along with a grower case study.

The webinars will cover:
• Pest identification and life-cycles
• Selection, application and use of biological control agents
• Monitoring and management of programmes

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Jun
8
Tue
BASIS: Dr Kris Nichols – Regenerating Soil Part 3
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dr Kris Nichols joins us to discuss – Regenerating Soil to Connect the Soil and Gut Microbes for Animal Health.

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Jun
17
Thu
BASIS: Production of ornamental crop : Thrips and mites
Jun 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Part 2 – 17 June 2021 16.00-17.00 –
Selection and use of biological control agents in the production of ornamental crops – Part two: Thrips and mites

The use of biological control agents is now an established element of integrated pest management in the production of protected ornamental crops, including pot plants, bedding and hardy nursery stock.

Building on the recent suite of AHDB videos on biological control – creating an IPM programme, introducing biological control agents, crop monitoring and the use of sticky traps, this webinar will examine ‘Selection and use of biological control agents in the production of ornamental crops’. It will focus on cell piercing pests like thrips and mites and will feature the well-known entomologist and IPM specialist Neil Helyer, along with a grower case study.

The webinars will cover:
• Pest identification and life-cycles
• Selection, application and use of biological control agents
• Monitoring and management of programmes

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