Monthly Archives: March 2022

Living on the Sedge

Written by Catherine Walsh.  Upon starting my second year as a WCTP student, it was time for me to start thinking about a non-project related work placement. Fortunately for me, I didn’t have to think about it too long before the ideal position presented itself. I had already decided that a local, weekly position would […]

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FruitWatch: Monitoring Fruit Tree Flowering Dates

I’m Chris Wyver, and my PhD project at the University of Reading aims to understand whether flowering dates of fruit trees and flight dates of their pollinators are remaining in sync in the changing climate. Historically, flowers and pollinators were well matched in time, however, recent evidence suggests that trees are flowering earlier than their […]

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The History of The Humble Potato

Written by Edward Hill-King:  Today potatoes are regarded as the fourth most important crop in the world and stand as a staple of cuisines across the globe. But behind this abundant food is a long journey across continents and seas and a history as old as civilisation. Potatoes were first cultivated by humans in the Andean […]

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Soil Compaction: Can we Avoid it Forming?

Written by Patrick Skilleter.  The issues associated with compacted soil have been well known for many years now, and whilst efforts are made to reduce the amount of soil compaction and the chances of it forming, the problem continues to plague cropland. Understanding how compaction can occur on cropland, its effects, and how to use this […]

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Nematodes: can a gardener’s friend make it big?

Written by Lucy Crowther.  Nematodes are a hugely diverse group of microscopic, unsegmented threadworms that are found all over the globe. Although harmless to humans, these nematodes are used for organic biological pest control in our vegetable patches. While some nematodes are serious pests in their own right, such as the potato cyst nematode, other species […]

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