3rd April, 2019

Community launch evening

Our new Barberry Rust Explorer (BarbRE) program establishes the first detailed study of barberry bushes for rust infection in the UK. This will help us understand the current threat barberry could pose as an incubation site for emerging wheat rust strains. But first the location of these bushes needs to be determined to identify those near cereal crops that need careful monitoring.

We need your help! Join us at the JIC to find out more about the project, conservations efforts across the UK and how you can help with our citizen science project using the iNaturalist app.

The BarbRE project  officially opens on the 3rd of April at the John Innes Conference Centre. All are welcome to join and can register via Eventbrite

The evening includes presentations from the program organisers and demonstrations of the iNaturalist phone app, displays of our historical collection of barberry material and information on various conservation programs by our partners at Drayton Manor.

Event program

6:00 – 6:30 pm

Arrival with drinks & nibbles
View stands from Drayton Manor, the BarbRE program & JIC’s historical collection

6:30 – 8:20 pm

Welcome from the Chair – Belinda Clark (Agri-tech East)

How can we address the conservation conundrum? Saving a rare moth whilst protecting our wheat crops
Diane Saunders (JIC)

The barberry carpet moth conservation project at Drayton Manor Park
Ben Murcott (DMP)

We need your help to identify barberry bushes.
Elizabeth Orton (JIC)

Panel discussion
Diane Saunders, Elizabeth Orton, Ben Murcott and Fiona Haynes (Butterfly Conservation) – chaired by Belinda Clark

8:20 – 9:00 pm

View stands from Drayton Manor, the BarbRE program, JIC’s historical collection & sign up to the iNaturalist app.

Venue address

John Innes Conference Centre

Norwich Research Park, Colney Ln, Norwich NR4 7UH