International year of plant health – what does that mean for me?

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The designation of an international year means that the United Nations member states have agreed the issue is important to the world. https://www.un.org/en/sections/observances/international-years/index.html What does that mean for me? Over the course of 2020, I will be writing a series of blogs that touch on the international guidance, regulations and ongoing research in plant health, but from angles that are relevant …

Season’s greetings and sustainability thoughts

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It’s not always easy to feel good about ourselves, especially if the big sustainability challenges seem overwhelming at times. For me, it helps to feel positive about the things I can do and to try to keep making changes to daily life to use resources sustainably. If sharing these thoughts encourages others to do some of the same, and importantly …

Grow Your Own Chips competition

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One of my projects this year has been a “Grow your own chips” event for my family. I hope to convey the fun we had in this blog, as well as the why, how and possible impact. If it inspires anyone else to do something similar – all the better. For many years we have taken part in a potato …

Spreading the word: look for the UK-grown logo

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Is there someone in your family you could prompt to look for the UK grown logo at garden centres and explain why it’s worth doing? Last May I wrote a short blog on this after visiting my local garden centre (https://celiaknightconsulting.co.uk/uk-grown-logo-look/).  This year when my daughter said she was going to buy some plants I realised this is easy advice to …

Amazonia!

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Disclaimer: All species and details have not yet been verified. Contact me if you intend to quote any.   I was fortunate to be invited on a boat trip to Amazonia. I knew I would write a blog of some kind, but what would be the message? There could be so many. I settled on one of hope; hope for a long life …

The UK Grown logo – look out for it

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Over the sunny bank holiday weekend, I called in to my local garden centre to buy a few plants for some patio pots. This is standard practice for me at this time of the year and normally I select a few varieties based on colours and combinations that appeal. This I did until I saw the “UK grown” logo on …

Quality student opportunities across the UK

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My last post (Building the Plant Health Profession)  called for applications from academic researchers to offer undergraduate summer studentships that address Plant Health research.  We had a good response and applications are now open for undergraduates to apply for one of 9 studentships to run this summer.  The skills focus on offer is varied, from developing pioneering disease detection technology …

Building the Plant Health Profession

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After a successful pilot scheme last year with 4 studentships, the RSB is now offering 9 Plant Health Undergraduate Summer Studentships to be run in 2018. In addition to funding from Defra, the BSPP and N8-Agrifoods are contributing funding to help address Defra research priorities in 8 themes. Maybe other funders will be inspired to join this scheme too in …