We undertake market-led research, tailoring our work to the growers’ needs. As a centre of excellence, we have a strong track record of successful and innovative projects, achieved through our ongoing, commercially relevant scientific research.
Improving Seed Quality
Robbie is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) associate working on a project supported by Elsoms and Cranfield University to improve seed health and quality. With a PhD in molecular seed biology, Robbie is helping Elsoms remain at the forefront of research in this increasingly important area. With increased disease pressure on crops and reduced numbers of pesticides available, this research is vital to ensure that growers can continue to achieve crops with high quality and yield in the future.
Reducing Crop Waste
Dave is currently undertaking a PhD supported by Elsoms, the University of Birmingham and Harper Adams University. He is investigating the agronomic and biological factors affecting post-harvest bruising in parsnips, working with growers and packers to identify issues that result in bruising. Dave has developed and implemented a unique piece of technology, an ‘electronic parsnip’, to closely monitor the crop’s journey from the field and through the pack house.
Supporting UK Crop Research
We partner with key research institutions and initiatives across the UK, such as the Vegetable Genetic Improvement Network (VeGIN) at the University of Warwick and the Brassica, Rapeseed and Vegetable Optimisation (BRAVO) project funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). We run multiple projects with institutions, focused on finding solutions to growers’ biggest problems. Research projects cover a wide variety of topics, including research into pest and disease resistance, yield enhancement, postharvest quality, nutritional quality, taste and flavour, seed health, and much more.