My research interests focus on vegetable crop genetic improvement, applying trait genetics and plant breeding to address the growing needs of sustainable intensification for food security and improved nutrition. I have a particular interest in the use of landrace and crop wild relatives as sources of genetic variation that can be incorporated into pre-breeding material suitable for uptake by industry. At present, I am continuing to build research in plant stress resilience focusing on post-harvest senescence (primarily in brassicas), and insect resistance in brassicas and lettuce.
I am part of the N8 AgriFood Resilience Programme. The majority of my research falls under Theme I: Sustainable Food Production; however, my work on crop senescence/ post-harvest performance, and crop quality and nutritional content, span Theme II: Resilient Supply Chains, and Theme III: Improved Consumption and health.
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