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Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) is a department of

  • IGER home page
  • Bronydd Mawr
  • Units and Institutes of the Agricultural Research Council

External links

  1. ^ IRS - Institute of Rural Sciences - pages for students
  2. ^ U.W.A. - Organic Centre Wales
  3. ^ The Farm Business Survey
  4. ^ Aber News Online
  5. ^ BBSRC - BBSRC-sponsored research institutes


SucraSEED is a commercial exploitation of High Sugar Grass seed which was originally developed at IGER.

Upon the merger with Aberystwyth University, the North Wyke site ceased to operate as part of IGER and became a component of Rothamsted Research.[5]

As of 1 April 2008, IGER was also absorbed by IBERS (the fate of staff and any redundancies is unknown by this editor).[4] This merger has led to one large department for the life-sciences.

  • Plant, Animal and Microbial Science
  • Plant Genetics and Breeding
  • Soil, Environmental and Ecological Sciences

Formed in 1990, IGER included the main laboratories and administrative centre at Plas Gogerddan near Aberystwyth plus sites at North Wyke near South Tawton, Devon and Bronydd Mawr near Trecastle, Powys. Another site at Hurley, Berkshire, was closed in 1992. At the same time farm facilities at Trawsgoed were acquired. The Institute consisted of three research departments:

Bronydd Mawr was acquired as part of the WPBS in 1983 to conduct research into sustainable beef and sheep systems for hills and uplands.

IGER was originally the Welsh Plant Breeding Station, which had been established in 1919 under the guidance of Sir University of Wales, Aberystwyth, WPBS moved to Plas Gogerddan in 1953 when it was officially opened by the Queen.

The Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER) was one of eight research institutes funded by the United Kingdom's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and was based at Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales but independent of the University.

Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research

IBERS has a complex history of mergers. The Institute of Rural Sciences was created in 1995 from the merger of the Welsh Agricultural College (also located in Aberystwyth since 1970 and funded by Welsh local authorities) with the University's Department of Agriculture. The current Institute has taken over the Welsh Agricultural College site and buildings, now called the Llanbadarn Campus of the University,

. Welsh Assembly Government unit of the [3] as well as the Farm Business Survey [2]

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