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National Institute of Agricultural Botany

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NIAB logo.jpeg
Type Agribusiness
Founded 1919
Headquarters Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, England
Key people Mr. A W D Pexton, Chairman and Dr Tina Barsby, Chief Executive Officer
Patron HM Queen Elizabeth II
Industry Agriculture
Products Trials & Evaluation, Seed Certification, Plant Breeders Rights (PBR), Laboratory Services, Research and Training courses, Seed Testing, Subscription services and Publications.
Employees Approx. 150

The National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) is a plant science research company based in Cambridge, UK.

The NIAB Group

The NIAB group consists of:

  • NIAB
  • NIAB EMR - a horticultural and agricultural research institute at East Malling, Kent, with a specialism in fruit and clonally propagated crop production. Joined the NIAB Group in 2016.[1]
  • NIAB CUF - a potato agronomy unit. Joined the NIAB Group in 2013.[2]
  • BCPC - promotes the use of science and technology in the understanding and application of effective, sustainable crop production. Acquired by NIAB in 2018.[3]


NIAB was founded in 1919 by Sir Lawrence Weaver, celebrating its centenary in 2019.

The original Huntingdon Road HQ was opened in 1921, by King George V and Queen Mary.

Regional Centres

NIAB operates 11 regional centres[4] throughout England:

  • Cambridge
  • Morley (Norfolk)
  • East Malling (Kent)
  • Sutton Scotney (Hampshire)
  • Newton Abbot and Plumber Farm (Devon)
  • Hereford
  • Telford (Shropshire),
  • Benniworth and Kirton (Lincolnshire)
  • Headley Hall (Yorkshire)

A 12th centre is expected to open at Cirencester (Gloucestershire) in 2020.[4]


  1. ^ "News and Events - NEWS: Boost for UK crop science as NIAB and EMR join forces". Retrieved 2019-11-12.
  2. ^ "News and Events - NEWS: Cambridge University Farms Potato Agronomy Unit to transfer to NIAB". Retrieved 2019-11-12.
  3. ^ "News and Events - NEWS: BCPC partners with NIAB to boost provision of independent agri-science information". Retrieved 2019-11-12.
  4. ^ a b "News and Events - NEWS: NIAB acquires south-west field trials business". Retrieved 2019-11-12.

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