Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, University of Nottingham

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Present your rice research at the UKRRC early career meeting

Do you conduct research on rice in the UK?

Do you want to showcase your findings to other early career researchers?

Join us at the University of Nottingham Jubilee Campus on the 16th and 17th September for the second UKRRC early career researchers meeting. With plenary lectures from world-leading rice researchers including Professor Andy Jones (University of Liverpool), Dr Sigrid Heuer (Rothamstead Research), Ajay Kohli (Director for Research at the International Rice Research Institute) plus many more, this promises to be an exciting and informative mini-conference.

For more details please follow this link.

How do we measure light in canopies?

In recently published work, joint with Maxime Durand, Matthew Robson and Baiba Matule at the University of Helsinki, we present a new method for measuring changes in light intensity and spectral quality in field environments. Using a high-resolution spectroradiometer, it is possible to record a time-series of light and use a mathematical framework to pull out information about the changes experienced. This indicates that shorter, rather than longer, periods of light known as ‘sunflecks’ contribute the most to irradiance experienced by plants. We also show how different species and canopy positions alter the characteristics of this light.

How do we feed our astronauts on space missions?

As part of a new project, we will be looking at ways in which we can feed our astronauts on long-term space missions. A mission to Mars is expected to take 3 years, with 1-tonne of food required per year, per astronaut! With an 8 month trip required to send further provisions, space missions of the future will need to be self-sufficient. With many of the constraints of Earth-bound agricultural systems lacking is this our chance to rethink how we can grow our plants?

Joint with researchers including Professor Volker Hessel and Dr Matthew Knowling at the University of Adelaide and Professor Dov Stekel at the University of Nottingham we will be supervising a new PhD student starting in July 2021 to model closed-loop agricultural systems to simulate potential growing conditions in space.

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