Horticulture and Potato Initiative

Farming has a huge impact on the environment - growing more crops, using fertilisers and deforestation all encourage the release of greenhouse gases, while pesticides can pollute water and soil. Reducing these harmful effects while increasing crop yield and quality to feed the growing global population is a challenge that needs to be addressed.

Horticulture & Potato Initiative Knowledge Exchange Fellows

In 2014, NERC and the Horticulture Innovation Partnership (HIP) funded three Knowledge Exchange (KE) fellows: Dr Lynda Deeks (Cranfield University), Dr Chantelle Jay (East Malling Research), and Dr Laura Vickers (Harper Adams University). The three-year KE fellowships look to generate impact from the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and NERC-funded research in horticulture, leading to economic, social and environmental benefits such as improved resilience to climate change and better food security.

Dr Lynda Deeks and Dr Chantelle Jay will work with the HIP to:

  • Develop a thriving, interdisciplinary scientific community, working with business and research translation both within the biosciences and environmental sciences and at the interface between them.
  • Drive innovation to realise the full potential of research outputs to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.

The award has been funded as part of the Horticulture & Potato Initiative (HAPI), which was developed by BBSRC together with NERC and the Scottish Government to support innovative projects that will provide solutions to the considerable challenges facing this vital industry.

The HAPI programme will help the horticulture and potato supply chains become more competitive and resilient to climate change, increase plant resistance to disease and environmental change, and develop more efficient ways of farming.

For more information please contact Lynda Deeks .

Dr Laura Vickers will work with parts of the industry focused on green infrastructure and ornamentals - flowers that are not grown for food.

For more information, please contact Laura Vickers .