Ideas for Life: Aberystwyth University

To celebrate Universities Week and some of the ground-breaking research work undertaken at Welsh universities, Higher Education Wales is to feature a case study from each of our universities over the coming week to highlight the impact they’re having through creating Ideas for Life.

First in the series is from Aberystwyth University.

New ‘AberWolf’ grass variety developed

Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) has an international reputation for excellence in plant breeding, and new ‘AberWolf’ grass is no exception. The new High Sugar Grass is just one of their research weapons helping to tackle global challenges of climate change, food security and environmental damage.

‘AberWolf’ utilises nitrogen more efficiently than normal varieties, and offers further improvements in yield, sugar levels and persistency. As such, it has the potential to transform pastoral based livestock agriculture. Independent tests demonstrate that AberHSG can increase meat and milk production by up to 24%, whilst reducing methane emissions and nitrogenous pollutants by up to 20%.