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
I am the Director of the Centre for Crop and Environmental Science and my own research is carried out within the Crop Science Group.
My work is predominantly in the area of phenotyping and crop production systems, both pre and post harvest. Current and recent projects I am working on include:
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.
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 is a large R&D partnership led by PepsiCo studying low intensity tillage systems for potato production. Other partners include McCains, Grimme, Cranfield University and NIAB.
This project is led by the Moulton Bulb Co. and is evaluating the option of pyrolysis to modify onion waste and generate a sustainable growing substrate.
HAU are rewetting an area of lowland peat and evaluating the impact of this on environmental factors (e.g. GHG emissions) and biodiversity as well as studying options for paludiculture crops.
I have recently managed commercial trials for a number of companies including Primark, PepsiCo and G's.
(Director of Studies)
Using less land better - manipulating growth of individual lettuce plants, synchronising maturity and reducing crop wastage. James Cundy CTP studentship in collaboration with Cambridge University and G's Fresh Ltd.
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
Potential for pre-harvest prediction of potato storage disorders Ed Toreyevi. MIBTP studentship in collaboration with the Douglas Bomford Trust (DoS Prof Peter Kettlewell)
Physiology of potato tuber disorders from heat and drought-stressed crops Favour Olu Olusegun. Commonwealth Scholarship (DoS Prof peter Kettlewell)
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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