ADAS specialise in all areas of commercial horticulture production.
We are the largest horticulture applied research group in the UK, which covers five operational themes to deliver sustainable intensification of horticulture production systems; chemicals, nutrients, substrates and growing media, technology, breeding and propagation. ADAS are also the only UK based group of consultants who continue to provide impartial advice to growers in the soft fruit, vegetable, protected edible and ornamental sectors throughout the UK.
We have developed a unique and well-established advisory and solution focussed relationship between our horticulture consultants, research scientists and the industry. We work with all points of the supply chain to form an essential link between growers, wider industry, the research community and Government policy. We are supported by an extensive range of scientists, including entomologists, plant pathologists, weed biologists, microbiologists, hydrologists, soil scientists, modellers, diffuse pollution and environmental experts.
We have a proven track record in being able to identify and reduce the impact horticulture production systems have on the wider environment. We report on the size and value of the horticulture industry across the UK and provide regular updates on the industry to Government. We also produce technical notes covering: Fruit, Vegetable, Protected Ornamental and Hardy Nursery Stock. Notes are published regularly and circulated widely to growers, advisers and the supply industry.
Our services include
- Crop nutrition
- Crop nutrient and physiological disorder diagnosis
- Crop productivity
- Crop protection – including chemical, non-chemical and biological control
- Environmental manipulation of product quality
- Growing media expertise
- Growing system and post-harvest technology
- Irrigation technology
- Legal work
- Pest and disease diagnosis
- Plant pathology and entomology expertise
- Product development
- Project management
- Protected cropping and energy
- Soil-borne diseases
- Water harvesting
- Weed control
- Variety selection