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Centre for Sustainable Cropping (CSC)

Aerial photo of the CSC at Balruddery Farm
The Centre for Sustainable Cropping is the first of its scale in the UK and will provide a test-bed for new sustainable management practices and crop varieties.

For all enquiries on the CSC, contact Dr Cathy Hawes

The long-term viability of farming in Scotland depends on the sustainable management of our agricultural habitats. We need to achieve a balance between maximising crop production, conserving arable biodiversity and maintaining ecosystem functions.

The Centre for Sustainable Cropping (CSC) is a new experimental research platform at Balruddery Farm near Dundee.

It is the first of its scale in the UK and will provide a test-bed for new sustainable management practices and crop varieties that are designed to:Photograph of a parasitic wasp adult

  1. maintain yield quality and yield stability at lower levels of agrochemical inputs
  2. reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and nutrient leaching from the system
  3. enhance soil quality and arable biodiversity.

The centre provides a broad framework for research on a wide range of system components from crop physiological stress responses to arable biodiversity and soil microbial function. It also acts as a facility for demonstration, knowledge transfer, exchange and education activities.

Find out more about the Centre for Sustainable Cropping using the links below.

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