About Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research

Sutton Bridge CSR is the leading post-harvest applied research facility for agricultural storage in the UK. 

Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research is owned by AHDB and operated by its Research Division under the 'AHDB Potatoes' banner. It is the primary independent centre providing potato storage research and advice to the GB industry.

SBCSR has extensive facilities for work on potato and is also engaged in other forms of crop storage R&D, including field vegetables and controlled atmosphere storage. In addition to levy-funded work, it offers a confidential contract research capability with accreditation to ISO9001. It is also an Officially Recognised Efficacy Testing Organisation registered with the UK Chemicals Regulation Directorate (ORETO reg no 388).

The team at SBCSR has an extensive and globally-recognised level of expertise on storage and crop quality issues. It seeks to provide high quality, cost-effective and relevant research of benefit to the potato industry.

The capability at SBCSR was boosted back in 2010 by investment in new controlled environment stores, supported by an RDPE grant from EMDA, Defra and the EU. A further £0.9 million development took place in 2016, including a suite of ten stores built for our exciting new alliance as part of the CHaP Agritech Innovation Centre.

AHDB's objectives for SBCSR are to ensure that it is a cost-effective research centre working for the benefit of the British potato industry. To achieve this, SBCSR is required to bid for levy-funded and publicly funded research contracts, undertakes a wide range of technology transfer activities and is also free to acquire external, private business.

A primary aim is to integrate our storage work into the entire spectrum of science which supports the potato industry. As part of our delivery to that industry, we provide free initial advice and information to all AHDB Potatoes levy payers. For up-to-the-minute information on storage, call the Storage Advice Line on our freephone number 0800  0282 111  (UK levy payers only) or see our storage bulletins.

Stores

Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research has unique facilities within the UK for research using controlled environment (CE) storage. The Unit's primary resource is a suite of 42 CE storage rooms across four capacities, some with controlled atmosphere (CA) capability.

Controlled environment and controlled atmosphere storage
  • 24 tonne bulk/16 tonne box CE rooms Our six modern 24 tonne bulk or 16 tonne box stores are housed in a CIPC-free building*. These can be configured to operate on refrigeration or ambient air cooling with overhead throw, suction or letterbox ventilation and virtually any commercial storage configuration can be simulated under controlled scientific conditions. The stores feature inverter-controlled fans and pump systems for optimal efficiency and are capable of storage at sub-zero temperatures..
  • 12-tonne CE rooms
    SBCSR has twelve stores of this capacity which can be configured to operate on refrigeration or ambient air cooling with overhead or letterbox style ventilation. A wide range of commercial storage conditions can be simulated for research purposes.
  • 6-tonne CE rooms 20 newly-built rooms (10 in the CIPC-free building**) are capable of holding up to six standard size one-tonne pallet boxes or up to 300 10kg capacity trays on racks. Refrigeration is used for temperature control.
  • Controlled atmosphere cabinets and incubators These small-scale cabinets are capable of maintaining modified oxygen, carbon dioxide and other atmospheric component conditions within the fully controlled temperature regimes of the CE rooms. The sixteen cabinets allow detailed investigations to be undertaken using a wide range of atmospheric conditions

Our Research

Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research offers a confidential contract research and development service to industry. As a specialist potato storage research facility for over 50 years, SBCSR has a wealth of expertise backed up by unrivalled facilities for storage trials. These are suitable for work in all of the potato industry's premium sectors as well as agrochemical, machinery and product evaluation.

Standards

Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research conducts all its studies under a quality management system and standard operating procedures compliant with ISO 9001 (2008), audited twice a year by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance.

Agrochemical efficacy & residue trials

SBCSR is also an Officially Recognised Efficacy Testing Organisation (ORETO certificate no. 227) registered with the UK Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) for the provision of data. We can also conduct trials to Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) requirements in conjunction with appropriately accredited third party monitoring and auditing bodies.

We have established procedures, based on the European and Mediterranean
Plant Protection Organisation’s
 (EPPO) guidelines, for undertaking efficacy trials on storage. SBCSR personnel have the expertise for chemical application using the latest equipment, ranging from hot fogging and granule applicators to hydraulic sprayers and cold misting technology.

We have good collaborative links to other centres with expertise in application and residue measurement too.

How to find us

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Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research is in the main agricultural production area of South Lincolnshire, conveniently located just off the A17 main trunk road.

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Address

AHDB 
Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research
East Bank
Sutton Bridge
Spalding
PE12 9YD

Telephone: +44 (0)1406 351444

Directions

If you are expected to arrive by rail, arrangements can be made to collect you from Kings Lynn station. There is a Rail Bus service from Peterborough station to Kings Lynn.  For motorists, directions from nearby towns are given below.

From SPALDING :

  • Leave Spalding via A151 heading east (signed to Holbeach).
  • After about 7 miles, just before Holbeach, join A17 (signed to Kings Lynn).
  • Continue along A17 for 10 miles to Sutton Bridge and turn right immediately after crossing the swing bridge.
  • Follow road, with River Nene on the right, for ¾ mile.
  • Take left, signed to AHDB Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Reseach. Follow SBCSR signs to car park.

From BOSTON :

  • Leave Boston via A16 heading south (signed to Spalding).
  • After about 6½ miles, join A17 (signed to Kings Lynn).
  • Follow A17 to Sutton Bridge and turn right immediately after crossing the swing bridge.
  • Follow road, with River Nene on the right, for ¾ mile.
  • Take left, signed to SBCSR. Follow SBCSR signs to car park.

From KINGS LYNN :

  • Leave Kings Lynn via A17 heading west (signed to Sleaford).
  • After about 10 miles at Sutton Bridge, turn left immediately before the swing bridge.
  • Follow road, with River Nene on the right, for ¾ mile.
  • Take left, signed to SBCSR. Follow SBCSR signs to car park.

From PETERBOROUGH :

  • Leave Peterborough via the A47 heading east (signed to Wisbech).
  • After about 19 miles at Wisbech, take A1101 (signed to Sleaford/Long Sutton).
  • After about 9½ miles at Long Sutton, follow A17 (signed to Kings Lynn).
  • Follow A17 to Sutton Bridge and turn right immediately after crossing the swing bridge.
  • Follow road, with River Nene on the right, for ¾ mile.
  • Take left, signed to SBCSR. Follow SBCSR signs to car park

Advisory information:

AHDB Potatoes Storage Advice Line: call free on 0800 02 82 111

Advice on managing your stores more efficiently

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Get the latest advice from our experts on your storage issue

Although every effort is made to answer the advice line personally, it is occasionally necessary to use an answer phone. Please leave contact details and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

For non-0800 compatible phones, call SBCSR on 01406 351444. This is not a freephone number.

Store management, advisory & auditing (including StoreCheck)

Adrian Cunnington: 01406 359411

Steve Saunders: 01406 359414

Processing 

Adrian Briddon: 01406 359412 

Darran Bill: 01406 359417

Sprout suppression

Adrian Briddon: 01406 35941

Glyn Harper: 01406 359413

Pathology

Glyn Harper: 01406 359413

Graeme Stroud: 01406 359416

Research & Development trials

Adrian Cunnington: 01406 359411

Glyn Harper: 01406 359413

Adrian Briddon: 01406 359412