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    Agriculture HRP poster competition won by Saskia Johnson

    26 February 2018

    Saskia Johnson, Harper Adams University BSc (Hons) Agriculture student has won the annual agriculture poster competition where she showcased her research on: ‘An investigation into the rooting habits of Little Gem planted at different stages of development using PlantTape and the effects on harvest quality’.

    Saskia, 22, from Woodbridge, Suffolk said: “It feels good to work on something that I’m genuinely interested in, and be a proper scientist.

    “The poster was about lettuce and it’s rooting habits in a new planting system called PlantTape.

    “Creating this poster involved bringing together all of the elements of my project and viewing it as a whole, which included; how the idea to study PlantTape rooting fits in with other research, how it’s going, and what it means practically.

    “I originally started the project while I was on placement year with G’s Fresh, where I was involved with their planting systems. I got to test many different planting methods with different sized lettuces and document what happened. This then led onto a full field trial plot.”

    One of the judges, Dairy Crest’s new product development manager, Simon Hunt, said: “I like the well thought out methodology and the statistical design. I can see how it would be commercially beneficial to the industry.”

    Agriculture HRP poster competition won by Saskia Johnson



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