My research work covers two main areas and is carried out at the Fresh Produce Research Centre:
1. Manipulating the pre and post-harvest environment to improve vegetable crop quality:
I am leading work with colleagues at the Universities of Warwick and Reading to understand the genetic basis of postharvest discolouration in minimally processed leafy salads (BBSRC HAPI funding).
I am also working with the University of Warwick to identify genetic traits that are linked to stress resilience (Defra VEGIN).
I am supervising a KTP associate based in the East of England at Cambs Farm Growers (part of the G's group) to develop the use of LED lighting, and other agronomic manipulation techniques in the propagation of young vegetable transplants (BBSRC/Innovate funding)
2. Maintaining food safety during fresh produce production:
I am involved in a series of training workshops in 2017 for growers focussed on managing food safety risks in the production of fresh produce crops (AHDB funding).
I am also working with the watercress industry to develop an Industry Guide for Hygienic Production of Watercress (FSA funding)
(Director of Studies)
Towards precision inputs through improved understanding of the underlying causes of in-field variation in crop maturity and yield of lettuce. Yara Boubou. HDC studentship.
Leafy vegetables - resilient roots for rapid establishment under variable soil conditions. Justin Roberts. Syngenta funded joint Studentship with University of Nottingham (Co-S, Prof Martin Broadley)
The survival of Listeria in agricultural soils. Alva Smith. Joint Studentship with Edinburgh Napier University (DoS, Prof Ian Singleton)
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