Soil Science Technician
Sustainable Agriculture Sciences
Colin investigates the interaction of wheat root architecture and soil strength on the ability of plants to acquire water and nutrients from the soil. The aim is to inform plant breeders of varieties that have desirable rooting traits for particular soil conditions. Experiments are done both in the lab in controlled cabinets and in replicated field experiments. The work requires competence in both the management of field/lab experiments and the use of a variety of equipment, including neutron probe, tensiometers, thermistors, penetrometer, leaf area meter. It also involves numerous other measurements within the domain of soil and plant science, data sorting and collation, and writing up results in scientific papers. Colin is currently working on a Syngenta-funded project to evaluate the root performance of 71 winter wheat varieties.
- Bachelor (Hons) of Science (Botany), Imperial college , London University
- MSc - (Microbial biochemistry & fermentation technology, Imperial college, London university