IBH Seminar: YEN Zero

When: Thu, 2 May 2024 14:00 – 15:30 BST

The International Barley Hub is pleased to announce the next in the 2024 series of seminars: ‘YEN Zero’ presented by Dr Pete Berry (Head of Crop Physiology, ADAS) and Laurie Abel (Agricultural Research Consultant, ADAS)

Speakers bio:

Pete Berry

Pete is a Crop Physiologist who has worked at ADAS for 20 years and leads the ADAS Crop Physiology team. He is based at ADAS High Mowthorpe in North Yorkshire. Prior to this he worked as a post-doctoral researcher in crop science at Nottingham University. The main aim of his work is to improve performance and reduce pollution of cropping systems through an understanding of crop physiology, plant breeding and agronomy. His goal is to produce sound practical advice for the farming industry which is based on rigorous and high quality research (he has authored 50 peer reviewed research papers). His projects engage with a wide range of audiences including farmers, agronomists, policy makers and scientists. Important areas of his research include; increasing crop yields sustainably, optimising crop nutrition, minimising greenhouse gases, precision farming technologies, lodging control & plant growth regulation and development of reliable pest thresholds. He works on a wide range of crops including all cereals, oilseed rape and grassland in the UK and overseas (USA, Ireland, China, Mexico).

Laurie Abel

Laurie is an Agricultural Research Consultant who joined the Crop Physiology team at ADAS in 2022 after completing a degree in Zoology at the University of Aberdeen. She is based in Aberdeen, Scotland and helps manage the tramline trials from the borders and north.


The talk will summarise the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) Zero initiative which has been operating for over two years.

The founding aim of YEN Zero was to create a Net Zero community, bringing stakeholders from across the agricultural industry together to meet the target of Net Zero by 2040. YEN Zero creates a space where farmers and sponsors can:

• Calculate and benchmark their crop carbon footprints against their peers

• Share knowledge around key Net Zero topics

• Agree metrics for calculating crop carbon footprints to create consensus

• Communicate and test GHG mitigation strategies on-farm

The talk will summarise results about what the major sources of GHGs are and how best to reduce them.