Ross is responsible for much of the day-to-day operational running of the site including facilities, health & safety, quality control (EMQA), etc, and occasionally helping the science staff communicate their activities to external audiences.
Noémie's research project is looking at changes of the African eggplant growth under drought, high temperature, and salinity, alone or in combination, and how to limit their negative impacts. She is also interested in the nutritional quality of the plant.
Prior coming to NIAB East Malling, she completed her BSc in Life Sciences and Engineering at EPFL (Switzerland) and a MSc in Biotechnology at Imperial College London.
Part of the Crop Science and Production Systems team at East Malling Matteo's research includes pest and disease control in soft fruit and organic farming systems.
William's role includes setting up experimental areas, both at NIAB EMR and on commercial grower trials, and installing sensor/loggers for precision growing.
David is a second year PhD student, under the SoCoBio DTP programme, whose current research focuses on understanding and improving the nutritional quality of fruit and vegetable, within the wider context of improving food system sustainability and micronutrient security.
He is particularly interested in the application of stress conditioning as a means of increasing nutrient accumulation in strawberry, as well as subsequent associations between nutritional quality and crop tolerance of pre- and post-harvest stresses.
Katie has worked at East Malling as a strawberry breeder since 2016, including developing new varieties under the East Malling Strawberry Breeding Club (EMSBC) initiative and for Malling Fruits. The focus of the programme is genetic improvement and varietal development of the cultivated strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa).
Sharon provides technical support to the strawberry breeding team with field, glasshouse and laboratory based work
Camila has a BSc in Biology and a MSc in Plant Breeding. Her research interest include molecular genetics and genome editing for precision crop breeding and she is currently carrying out a full-time BBSRC PhD studentship in Crop Sciences at the University of Reading, based at NIAB EMR.
Camila's PhD project is focused on understanding the genetic control of the everbearing trait in the cultivated strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) by using gene editing, and to further develop reliable markers for the selection of optimised everbearing habit.
Scott’s role is to raise the profile of the research and commercial activities at East Malling and to improve collaboration between the researchers and the fruit and wider horticulture industry. This includes the activities of the Growing Kent & Medway programme.