Yara UK and Cranfield University, Sustainable Fertiliser Manager
My background is in soil science with a PhD focusing on the interactions between plant and soil. I am currently acting as a knowledge bridge between Cranfield university and Yara UK to collaboratively explore the efficacy and viability of organo-mineral fertilisers as a commercially available product in the UK.
I’m not only interested in assessing the ability of organo-mineral fertilisers to deliver comparable yields as conventional alternatives but also in their effect on the environment. I am investigating their impact on the soil and measuring their capacity for restorative agriculture. I am also interested in their wider impact on the environment by assessing their gaseous emissions and testing their susceptibility as a pollutant to water courses.
My role also extends to gathering knowledge relating to the production of organo-mineral fertilisers in the UK. This includes assessing the availability and mapping potential feedstocks as well as experimenting with different feedstocks to determine which recipes have the most desirable characteristics.
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