My research work is carried out at the Fresh Produce Research Centre:
My work is in the area of phenotyping and crop production systems, both pre and post harvest.
This work is joint with University of Warwick and is identifying genetic traits that are linked to stress resilience in leafy and root vegetables. The work at HAU is being done by Dr Olivia Cousins.
I am supervising a KTP associate (Ben Barnes) 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
I am working on a project with B-Hive Innovations, to develop ground penetrating radar, underground scans and AI to monitor potato crops and identify when they are ready to harvest.
(Director of Studies)
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)
Developing tools for precision horticulture: Manipulating growth rates at the plant scale to reduce in-field leafy salad and vegetable crop variability, increase production efficiency and reduce waste. William Johnson. AHDB studentship
Investigation of the potential for precision soil and crop growth mapping to improve tuber size distribution at harvest Joseph Mhango. AHDB studentship
The role of agronomy and genotype in tissue integrity and associated sugar losses during storage of sugar beet (Beta vulgaris). Paul Chunga. BBRO studentship
The survival of Listeria in agricultural soils. Alva Smith. Joint Studentship with Edinburgh Napier University (DoS, Prof Ian Singleton)
Optimising beetroot quality Frances Hirst. Joint studentship with University of Reading (DoS Prof Carol Wagstaff)
Optimising growing environments for vertical farming of strawberries Katia Zacharaki. (DoS Dr Laura Vickers)
Control of lettuce discoloration. Joint studentship with Warwick University Yao Lu. (DoS Dr Guy Barker)
Member of Management Board UKRI-BBSRC Quality and Food Loss Network in Horticulture and Potatoes
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