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 …

Early Career Researchers can mean Undergraduates too

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Yesterday I attended an interesting 1 day meeting organized by SCI on New Frontiers in Crop Research http://bit.ly/2cQxOjd. During the discussion about how to engage business and academic communities, I made the point that Undergraduate Research Studentships can be useful here. Typically, these are carried out over the summer pre-final BSc year to help students see if research is for …