• Megan McKerchar- Fruitful PhD Success
    August 5, 2019

    Written by Megan McKerchar, Ex Waitrose PhD Student and current Technical Manager at Worldwide Fruit I am fortunate enough to sit between research and the commercial world where I work for Worldwide Fruit, and manage Research and Development projects focusing on CI and the three pillars of sustainability, economic, environmental and social challenges. I am… Read more »

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  • Nature’s Dangerous Decline IPBES Report
    May 8, 2019

    Staggering statistics released by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Key Statistics and Facts from the Report based on Food and Agriculture IPBES (2019) 300%: increase in food crop production since 1970 23%: land areas that have seen a reduction in productivity due to land degradation >75%: global food crop types… Read more »

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  • Harbingers of Spring
    April 9, 2019

    Written by CTP Student, Alex Blomfield To me nothing represents the joy of spring-time like butterflies. With spring approaching I am looking forward to my second field-season studying the pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly. The pearl-bordered fritillary gets it’s Latin name, Boloria euphrosyne, from the Greek goddess Euphrosyne, who represents joy. It is indeed a fitting name… Read more »

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  • Attention: FREE LETTUCE
    January 9, 2019

    Part of my fieldwork this season involves trying to catch live aphids on lettuce from various parts of the UK. I would provide you with ~30 lettuces to grow in your garden and I would ask if you see any aphids on the lettuce for them to be sent to me at Rothamsted Research. Costs… Read more »

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  • Project Progress Update from Dion Garrett: Where am I?

    Written by CTP Student, Dion Garrett Where am I? It’s that time of year again where many are recovering from over indulgent festivities and making new year’s resolutions; to run 10km, eat healthier, learn a new skill, save more money, publish a paper in a journal, procrastinating less and being more focused – to name… Read more »

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  • Enhancing Nature with a Little Nurture: A History of Avocado Breeding
    December 4, 2018

    Written by CTP Student Jessica Fostvedt An ancient civilisation located in the south of what is now Mexico, the early Mesoamericans cultivated one of the most nutritious foods found on Earth.  The substantial value of this natural gift was not lost on them either.  In fact, avocados were a highly revered source of nourishment, thought… Read more »

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