• Integrated control of Sclerotinia disease in celery and lettuce
    June 21, 2018

    By Tracey Moreton (Waitrose CTP PhD student) My Journey Starts in the beautiful region of Murcia, Spain. Here I visited celery and lettuce farms in Los Alcazares and Aguilas where I set off to collect samples of the plants infected with Sclerotinia. Over a two-day period, I visited commercial and organic farms collecting the appropriate… Read more »

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  • Digging up dirt on cover crops
    May 16, 2018

    By Mandy Stoker (CTP Student) I was recently asked to visit a land owner who had a rather difficult and sensitive problem to deal with.  The gentleman had been working in partnership with a business man to clean up and restock two beautiful fishing pools which were to be opened up for leisure fishing later… Read more »

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  • Soils and the 25 Environment Plan
    May 1, 2018

    By Edward Baker (Waitrose CTP Student)   With increasing public and political significance, modern environmentalism has begun to distance itself from a Laissez-faire attitude around natural ecosystem management. The most recent addition of legislation and policy direction, the 25 Year Environmental Plan, attempts to address the pressures facing the UK’s natural ecosystems from anthropogenic disturbances.… Read more »

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  • Agroecological Crop Protection- yet another acronym?
    April 10, 2018

    By Hannah McGrath (Waitrose CTP Student)   In early February, I left Luton airport on a dreary Saturday morning for the sunshine in Volterra, Tuscany. I was off to attend a course on Agroecological Crop Protection (ACP), a concept I knew little about but aware that by the end of the week I would know more!… Read more »

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  • Waitrose CTP Annual Conference
    March 26, 2018

    By Roz Wareing Waitrose CTP students, supervisors and board members attended the 2018 Waitrose Science Day, held at Scarman House. University of Warwick. The students battled snow and wind to attend our first annual conference event at the end of February. On the first afternoon the students participated in a training workshop ran by colleagues from… Read more »

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  • The Battle of Resistance
    February 23, 2018

    By Dion Garrett (Waitrose CTP Student) A consent battle for dominance is being fought between grower and agricultural pest every growing season. This fight has been waged ever since civilisations required food to feed the masses. It was inevitable that various pests would take advantage of this veritable feast. To fully understand how the pieces… Read more »

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