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New Plant Sciences Champion in the Agri-food sector

New Plant Sciences champion in the Agri-food sector!

The research associate Stéphanie Swarbreck from Prof. Howard Griffith’s group will be representing the Department of Plant Sciences in the Oxford Farming Conference from the 3-5 January 2018, thanks to the sponsorship provided by Bayer. Stéphanie is a plant eco-physiologist joined Howard Griffiths’s lab in August 2016 to work on the CINTRIN project. This is a collaborative project with NIAB and ADAS partners in the UK, and PAU, NIPGR and ICRISAT in India. The aims of the project are to find ways to reduce nitrogen use in many cereals such as wheat, sorghum, pearl millet. Before joining the Griffiths lab, Stéphanie worked on a project that looked at the effect of black grass (a major weed in the UK) in wheat root architecture. She is generally interested in using plant sciences to significantly affect crop productions, especially to make crop productions systems become more sustainable either because of a lower need in nitrogen fertiliser or herbicide. She says: “I am looking forward to hear a different perspective on farming and to talk about the exciting projects ongoing in the department”.

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