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 also running commercial trials for a number of companies including PepsiCo and G's.
(Director of Studies)
Breeding for Climate Change Resilience in Brassicas – Discovering Novel Traits for Resilience to Stressful Growing Conditions. MIBTP studentship in collaboration with Dr Guy Barker University of Warwick.
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
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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