At Arid Agritec we believe that by combining decades worth of commercial experience with cutting edge knowledge developed in partnership with some of the worlds foremost crop and horticultural scientists we can make anything possible. We specialize, and enjoy a first rate reputation across the Mediterranean and Middle-East regions, for providing consultancy services to the horticultural industry, from the small-scale producer growing unique and amazingly individual crops to the largest scale, multi-acre business who are primarily focused on the major global export markets. Our consultancy services.
Lancaster Environment Centre
Arid Agritec is proud to be an Associate Company of Lancaster Environment Centre. Being accorded ‘Associate Company’ status recognises established companies resident within the Lancaster Environment Centre undertaking significant collaborative work with The Centre. This collaboration takes many forms, including the development of collaborative research projects, sponsorship of undergraduate and postgraduate students and participation in formal Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.
Significant new understanding of UV-B mediated processes in plants has been gained during the last decade. Rather than being a damaging agent, it is now recognised that UV-B radiation is a specific regulator of gene expression, metabolite profiles, and responses to climate change parameters.
In the last few years substantial progress has been made in identifying specific, regulatory UV-B-mediated processes in plants. Recent genetic studies have revealed the existence of UV-B specific signalling pathways in plants, and have identified several components. The discovery of these UV-B specific signalling pathways has really confirmed the contention that that UV-B radiation is a specific regulatory parameter that controls plant-environment relationships. Research on the molecular basis of UV-B mediated regulatory process in plants is now yielding novel understanding of the mechanisms underlying growth and phenotypic plasticity, and consequences thereof for plant performance in crop and natural ecosystems.
The COST Action FA0906 – UV-B radiation: A specific Regulator of Plant Growth and Food Quality in a Changing Climate (UV4Growth) started in June 2010. The aim of this UV4Growth Action is to develop an integrated vision of the role of UV-B in plant growth across a range of organisational levels and natural and agricultural systems. UV4Growth will generate knowledge on the fundamentals of plant growth, food quality, and plant-environment interactions by integrating nationally and internationally funded research on UV-B mediated regulation of molecular, physiological, metabolic and ecological processes.
These objectives will be achieved by encouraging discussion and interaction between researchers through organising meetings, workshops, conferences and training schools, and by supporting exchanges of early stage researchers.