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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 th…

March 16, 2022 PhD

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 j…

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 …

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 o…

March 9, 2022 PhD

Pot Size – A Trade-Off Between Utility and Validity

Written by Dominic Hill:  My PhD project – investigating the effects of drought on potato phenotypes – involves the use of a very large, very heavy, multispectral imaging sensor. This sensor wei…

October 18, 2021 PhD

The Importance of Wild Pollinators

Written by: Keira Dymond. Pollinators are known to contribute significantly to human wellbeing.  They are responsible for about 1/3 of the food we eat, and they are also vital for other wild plant sp…

October 11, 2021 PhD

Reviewing the food and drink skills landscape

Written by Nick Kuht:  During last winter I was fortunate enough to be able to complete a 3-month placement with KTN, an organisation which seeks to connect and support business, government, research…

September 22, 2021 PhD

Inside the hive: The future of beekeeping

Witten by: Laine Callaghan Humans rely on pollinators. They’re essential to our survival. In fact, an estimated 90% of the world’s flowering plants and more than 75% of agricultural crops benefit …

Waitrose CTP Summer Team-Building Event

Written by Jennifer Davies. I (along with so many others) had a rocky start to the first year of my PhD but, for me, the end of the year was much smoother. After 12 months of being limited to virtual …