I am lead contact for the areas of fresh produce and potato crops at HAU. In this role I co-ordinate interaction between relevant academics and commercial growers involved in the network School of Sustainable Food and Farming
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 focussing on abiotic stress resilience is being done by Dr Olivia Cousins.
This is a project led by B-Hive Innovations, to develop ground penetrating radar, underground scans and AI to monitor potato crops and identify when they are ready to harvest.
This project is lead by Grimme UK and involves the AgriEpicentre, UWE, IDS imaging, PDM and G's and is developing a prototype system for automated harvesting of wholehead lettuce.
I am have recently managed commercial trials for a number of companies including PepsiCo and G's.
(Director of Studies)
Realising the environmental benefits of faba beans (Vicia faba L.) via optimised nutrition and nitrogen fixation. Tamana Jithesh CTP studentship in collaboration with PGRO and James Hutton Institute
Rapid rooting vegetables for a challenging environment – molecular and physiological analysis of rapid rooting traits in lettuce. Cara Wharton MIBTP CASE studentship in collaboration with University of Warwick and Syngenta.
Breeding for Climate Change Resilience in Brassicas – Discovering Novel Traits for Resilience to Stressful Growing Conditions. Tallula Smithson MIBTP studentship in collaboration University of Warwick and Syngenta.
The role of agronomy and genotype in tissue integrity and associated sugar losses during storage of sugar beet (Beta vulgaris). Paul Chunga. BBRO studentship
Uncovering the physiological and genetic control of the disorder brown heart in Swede. To be appointed. MIBTP CASE studentship in collaboration with University of Warwick and Elsoms seeds (DoS Dr Laura Vickers - HAU).
Optimising beetroot quality Frances Hirst. Joint studentship with University of Reading (DoS Prof Carol Wagstaff - Reading University)
Optimising growing environments for vertical farming of strawberries Katia Zacharaki. (DoS Dr Laura Vickers - HAU)
Control of lettuce discoloration. Joint studentship with Warwick University Yao Lu. (DoS Dr Guy Barker - Warwick University)
Member of Management Board UKRI-BBSRC Quality and Food Loss Network in Horticulture and Potatoes
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