What makes a good leader?
I have recently enrolled on a Resilient Leaders Elements (RLE) Accreditation course after completing their leadership in action course a few months ago. This has got me thinking a lot about what it is to be a good leader and what are the qualities I hope to see in a leader. It is not uncommon […]
New robot imaging room!
Eight years after starting my work on imaging plants for 3D reconstructions, I finally have a dedicated space to do it in! With my recent Royal Society Award and purchase of a UR5e robotic arm (see projects section) I have now been assigned my own space in North Lab, Sutton Bonington Campus for my set […]
Research and Poetry
Prize winning Nottingham poet, Gail Webb, was inspired by my research described in my blog article for COP 26. is This poem, “ Harvesting The Light” came out of a collaborative project designed to start conversations between poets and scientists to combat or change the effects of climate change. To find out more visit the Hot Poets. […]
What do plants need to grow well?
In our recently accepted article, we discuss the stressors that limit plant growth in Earth and Space. With future space missions to Mars predicted to last 3+ years, how do we ensure that astronauts are able to fulfill their dietary needs? Conditions in Space are highly variable compared to that on Earth. Extremes in temperature, […]
The interview experience
I recently attended an interview for the Rank Prize Nutrition New Lecturer Award in London. I have to admit that I have been relatively lucky so far in that I have not had to attend many interviews, but that makes the process even more nerve wracking! As one who suffers from nerves, I was surprised […]
COP-26: why we should worry about climate change
With COP-26 happening this week in Glasgow, it is a key time to think about the effect of climate change on our planet and what we can do about it. Extensive use of fossil fuels, land use change and deforestation combined with a rising population are all putting pressures on the delicate balance on Earth […]
Hidden Hunger: the importance on nutritional quality
An expanding population requires both an increase in the amount of food that we produce from our agricultural systems but also improvements to the quality of that food. Such advances will be integral to preventing nutrient deficiencies, also known as ‘hidden hunger’. As part of a European consortium of researchers under the Horizon 2020 funded […]
To be tall or short: how plant structure influences light
Application of a new method to measure rapid light changes in crop canopies has shown how architectural traits of wheat can influence the duration and magnitude of changes in light intensity throughout the canopy. In our recently published work, we compared the windfleck characteristics of two wheat varieties with contrasting structural traits. Light intensity can […]
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 […]