East Malling

Adrian Harris

In my current role as NIAB EMR’s Horticultural Trials Co-ordinator, I work with the crop protection sector to deliver high-quality scientific trials aimed at underpinning the demands of horticulture. Our unique facilities, trial plots and world-leading scientists (across many disciplines) enable us to put together the right project – and that’s part of the fun when working on projects which bridge academia and research.

Tina Baker

Tina is the first point of contact for all HR enquiries at NIAB East Malling, providing a full HR administration service to all internal and external customers.

Dr Flora O'Brien

Research interests

Flora’s research focuses on aspects of root and soil biology in horticultural crop production. Her particular areas of interest include soil health and carbon sequestration, and root-rhizosphere interactions.

Current research projects

PhD project: Below ground carbon sequestration potential of apple trees
Duration: October 2019 – October 2023
Partners: University of Reading
Funders/funding: BBSRC, Fruit Crop Research CTP

Emma Smith

With a BA (Hons) in business management and a keen interest in horticulture, Emma is part of the glasshouse and ornamental specialist team delivering trials and R&D services for mainly commercial customers of arable, fruit and ornamental and protected crops in the glasshouses.

Emma provides the team with business development, contract management, customer liaison, coordination and technical services for activities including variety trials and variety characterisation, product evaluation trials, nutrition and growing system studies.

Laura Amos

Laura is involved with the intellectual property side of the business, working closely with East Malling Services and Malling Fruits. Laura also supports the new and exciting glasshouse and facilities project which has been approved at the East Malling site.

Mark Coxeter

Mark Coxeter supports NIAB EMR in his capacity as a private consultant, his primary focus is on intellectual property licensing matters relating to the commercialisation of berry fruits globally.  With 30 years of work experience always within the horticultural/fresh produce industry and a wide network of relevant contacts in the berry industry, Mark works closely with the IP licensing arm of Malling Fruits. 

Alin Borleanu

Part of the Malling Fruits team with more that 15 years experience in the soft fruit industry, Alin has worked in all aspects; farming, fruit production and fruit packaging, research and agronomic trials and most recently agronomy. His qualifications include a BSc Agriculture, HND International Agriculture, BASIS and NRoSO.

Alin is very interested in sustainable agricultural practices, IPM, regenerative farming, and certified and ethical food production.

Dr Trevor Wignall

Research interests

Technical support to the Crop Science and Production Systems Department and the Genetics, Genomics and Breeding Department at NIAB EMR for the installation, maintenance and monitoring of technologies needed to deliver precision irrigation and fertigation regimes in polytunnel, controlled environments and field experiments/trials.



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