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 root and rhizosphere microbial interactions, adventitious rooting, and root traits associated with abiotic stress tolerance. Flora's current research topics include soil health, the influence of horticultural crops on the soil microbiome and soil carbon sequestration.

Miss 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.

Mrs Laura Amos

Laura is involved with the Intellectual Property side of the business, working closely with East Malling Services and the Malling varieties. Laura also supports the new and exciting Glasshouse and Facilities project which has been approved at the East Malling site. Laura joined NIAB EMR in September, with 12 years previous experience within the Berry Fruit industry.

Mr 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 the business supporting East Malling Services Ltd. 

Mr Alin Borleanu

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. 

Alin's 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.

Mr David Evershed

Research interests

David is interested in many areas concerning seed analysis, storage, and the end uses of combinable and forage crops. Currently he holds the position of laboratory manager in the Biochemistry department at NIAB where he specialises in crop quality testing, especially with respect to malting and feed barley, milling and feed wheat and oilseed rape.


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