BBRO Research

Our sugar beet research programme covers 3 areas of activity; crop progression, stability and recovery.


New projects for 2018/19.

Two new PhD's

  • The role of agronomy and genotype in tissue integrity and associated sugar losses during storage - with Harper Adams University. For more details click here
  • Evaluating the impact of radiation use efficiency and yield potential of sugar beet -with the University of Nottingham.  For more details click here

Four projects

  • Managing and monitoring insecticide resistance in UK Pests.  Dr Steve Foster - Rothamsted
  • Understanding virus yellows interactions: maximising yield potential with varieties in the absence of neonicotinoid seed treatments.  Dr Mark Stevens, BBRO
  • Spray nozzle review - Silsoe Spray Applications Unit Ltd
  • Review of Weed Control options and future opportunities for UK crops


Research portfolio

Our full research programme currently consists of 21 projects, some of which our delivered solely in-house but where possible we work in collaboration with other research partners. This increases the knowledge and expertise available, links us to other work and ensures increased return for our investment. The work within each pillar varies dependent on which issues have most importance or urgency to the industry.  


BBRO is keen to  work closer with growers and British Sugar Area Managers to assess on farm innovation, and provide scientific rigour to support best practice.  If you have an idea that you would like us to investigate further please let us know using the 'Grower idea form'.

Sugar beet yield

Sugar beet yield has risen steadily over the past 12 years, however, our research shows that there is more potential to be realised.  Our combined programmes of research work will continue to deliver increased in yield for years to come.



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We are set up jointly by British Sugar plc and the National Farmers' Union.

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