Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

Water and Agri-Food Business

Theme leader: Dr Jim Monaghan

1. Manipulating the pre and postharvest environment to improve vegetable crop quality:

Harper Adams is leading the crop science component of a 4 year project studying the influence of irrigation stress on plant quality and post harvest performance of high value horticultural crops. Defra HortLINK funding joint with Cranfield University and Lancaster University. Post Doc – Dr Laura Vickers

2. Food safety systems for fresh produce

I have worked with a colleague, Dr Mike Hutchison, Bristol University to develop a set of tools to help growers implement food safety systems (

The links to the students below are for members of the Smart Agri-Systems Platform only.

PhD Student profiles and videos 

The following students are currently involved with a Water and Agri-Food Business PhD.

Click on the link and you will be taken to a students individual page.


Research Title Director of Studies Sponsor 
Yara Boubou Improved understanding of the underlying causes of in-field variation in lettuce crop maturity and yield Jim Monaghan   
William Macalpine Identifying water use efficient and/or drought tolerant SRC willows Peter Kettlewell  
Eloho Emakpore Tritrophic interactions in mixed salad crops Simon Leather  
Ghazwan Mahmood Water use efficiency in agriculture/ horticultural irrigation Ivan Grove  
Michele Farelli Enhancing spring drought tolerance of oilseed rape Peter Kettlewell  
Rachel Lockley Minimising post-harvest losses in radish through an understanding of pre and post-harvest factors that influence root splitting Jim Monaghan  HDC


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