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Cutting-edge research facilities and world-leading expertise

Kent and Medway is home to three state-of-the-art horticultural and plant-based food and drink research facilities.

Whether you're looking for new crop protection options, alternative packaging, or to automate your production, we can connect you with the right experts to help solve your research challenge.

NIAB

Specialists in molecular genetics, genomics, pest and disease biology and management, crop and post-harvest physiology, agronomy and environmental science.

The GreenTech Hub for Advanced Horticulture is a new state-of-the-art glasshouse and propagation unit. Features include; plant growth rooms with controlled environment and a Wine Innovation Centre.

University of Kent

The Biotechnology Hub applies high-tech approaches to production and processing of high-value foods and plant-based compounds from plant material and waste, pathogen identification and control, and maintenance of healthy soil.

University of Greenwich

Research specialists in crop protection, post-harvest storage, value addition and food innovation. The Medway Food Innovation Centre can help your business solve your food processing challenges and support new product development. 

Discover the research centres here to support you in Kent and Medway

GreenTech Hub for Advanced Horticulture

Glasshouse and propagation unit, with controlled environment plant growth rooms and modern polytunnels.

The Biotechnology Hub

A new laboratory with new cutting-edge new equipment to support a wide-range of research, from managing crop diseases to sustainable packaging options.

Medway Food Innovation Centre

With new capabilities in alternative proteins, novel processing, sustainable packaging and product development as well as the business support, the Centre will deliver step-changing food innovation.

Research and Innovation News

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£15,000 vouchers available for horticultural, food and drink research

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A voucher scheme, offering food and drink businesses 75% funding towards projects worth up to £20,000 with leading research organisations is now open

GreenTech Hub to innovate sustainable horticulture and viticulture research

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State-of-the-art infrastructure at NIAB’s East Malling site will enable the UK fresh produce sector respond to the challenge of climate change.

New £11.3 million horticulture research centre opens doors in Kent

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The £11.3 million GreenTech Hub for Advanced Horticulture was officially opened by Tom Tugendhat MP at NIAB’s East Malling site on Thursday 12 May.

New Product Development Facility Opens in Medway

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Exciting developments are underway to create new state-of-the-art facilities for food and drink innovation at the University of Greenwich’s Medway

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