Invitation to Soil Research Centre Annual Lecture 10th December 2014

An invitation to attend the Soil Research Centre Annual Lecture, 10th December 2014, 5pm, Palmer 109.

‘Supporting soils with science and commerce to deliver the sustainable intensification of agriculture’

Robin Oliver - Biological Research, Syngenta


The global population is predicted to increase from 6.1 billion in 2000 to somewhere between 7.4 and 10.6 billion (UNDESA) by 2050. The expanding population coupled to growing affluence in many developing economies will significantly increase demand for food, fibre and fuel. This will result provide many opportunities for agricultural industries (at all scales) and societal pressure to ensure that increased production is delivered with a reduced environmental impact including on soils. Ensuring that the planets already stretched soil resources can cope necessitates the effective deployment of science to deliver integrated solutions that consider both intensification and sustainability. A great deal of excellent soil related research is conducted around the world however the delivery of solutions to growers at scale remains challenging. This is often due to a lack of appreciation of the multiple challenges growers face particularly the commercial pressures they are often under.

This talk will outline some of the soil related challenges faced by growers in different regions of the world and outline the activities that Syngenta is involved in to develop and implement solutions.


Robin currently leads Syngenta’s Soil Platform which elucidates the environmental behaviour and impact of novel crop protection products (chemical, biological and mechanical) to enable the optimisation of their efficacy and registrability. Robin has 25+ years’ experience in studying the metabolism and fate of chemicals in the environment. He has led several successful industrial research projects and initiatives aimed at developing a better understanding of a number of environmental fate processes and the development of more realistic test system.

A drinks reception will be held at 4:30 in Palmer 104 before the event, sponsored by the British Society of Soil Science.