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The world of tea – from bush to bag!

“Tea lover and PhD student Siobhan Gardiner shares thoughts on an IFST technical visit she organised for members in March 2017.” Last month, agrifood scientists and the Institute of Food Science & Technology were brought together by a love of tea….
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Sun, sea and sustainable technologies

“PhD student Siobhan Gardiner comments on her recent visit to Monaco as a speaker at CleanEquity 2017″   For the last three years, Cranfield University has sponsored CleanEquity – a private conference, which features up to 30 of the world’s…
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Erosion in Maize

Grower’s responses to erosion in Maize The River Lugg Catchment is currently failing its water quality targets due to sediment and phosphorus arising from soil erosion, mainly under Maize cropping. Two Cranfield PhD projects are looking at different components of…
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A catch up from the North!

Its been a while since I last blogged for The Dirt Doctors! Therefore, I thought that I’d give you an update as to what’s been happening in my PhD world. Firstly, I can’t believe that 10 months has passed since I…
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ISPMF 2015 – Shanghai Knights!

I was very grateful to receive an MSB Early-Career Researcher grant in April 2015 from the Society of Biology, which supported my attendance to the International Symposium on Phytochemicals in Medicine & Food (ISPMF2015, Shanghai – CHINA). The event took…
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Guest Blog: Soil is Life!

This week we have a guest blogger! Clare Humphries, who has been an avid supporter of our blog since its pre-conception, and is the Agrifood Information Specialist at Cranfield University, offers us an insight into her day at Rothamsted’s latest public engagement day, Soil…
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Musings on the Agricultural Land Classification system

In this post, Alex Cooke discusses the use of the UK’s Agricultural Land Classification (ALC) in planning policy from her prior perspective as a practising soil-scientist. Foundation for the ALC system In 1941 Hans Jenny published his famous ‘CLORPT’ equation[1] which stated…
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New Report: Major flaws identified in EU regulation of GM crops

The Science and Technology Select Committee  published a 5th report last week on Advanced genetic techniques for crop improvement: regulation, risk and precaution, which identifies three major flaws in the EU regulation of genetically modified (GM) crops. Present regulations are based…
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