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Agronomy research placements for UK students

Posted 31 March 2011

The placements are aimed at those studying plant science, environmental science, agriculture or horticulture

Undergraduate students with an interest in crop science and agronomy are being given the opportunity to take part in paid research placements at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire.

The 10-week placements are aimed at those who are studying plant science, environmental science, agriculture or horticulture, at an undergraduate level at any institution across the UK.

Students will be based at the Fresh Produce Research Centre at the University College and will work on industry supported projects alongside a group of agronomy and crop physiology experts.

Dr Jim Monaghan, Principal Lecturer in Fresh Produce at Harper Adams, said: “The fresh produce industry is working with us to develop the next generation of agronomists and technical staff.

“These placements will give students hands-on experience of relevant applied research whilst being mentored by experts in fresh produce crop production. 

"The placements are a great opportunity to learn more about crop research but also improve a student’s CV!” 

Examples of projects that students could work on include ‘the effect of deficit irrigation on field crops’, ‘the use of salts to control plant diseases in soft fruit’ and ‘heat treatments to improve shelf life of leafy crops’.

The deadline for applications is May 27 with placements running from mid-July to mid-September.

Contact Dr Jim Monaghan for more details – jmmonaghan@harper-adams.ac.uk 01952 820280.

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