National Farmers' Union Meeting
PhD student Amy recently gave a talk at a National Farmers’ Union meeting, which was held at Warwick University’s Wellesbourne campus on 9th November 2018. As part of the NFU’s West Midlands Combinable Crops Board meeting, members had the chance to hear from researchers and professionals in three different aspects of agricultural science. Amy spoke about many interesting aspects of soil microbiology, including work from the Bending group on yield decline in oilseed rape, and her own PhD project about circadian rhythms in root-associated microbes.
PhD students Amy, Katy, Emma, Ellis and Chris recently participated in the Environment YES workshop. The YES (Young Entrepreneurs Scheme) competition aims to increase the business awareness and entrepreneurship skills of postgraduate and early career researchers. During the workshop, participants develop a business plan for their hypothetical idea before presenting to a panel of expert industry judges on the final day. The 2018 Environment YES workshop took place from 17th to 19th October at Syngenta, a world leader in the crop protection market. The team pitched PestiSense, an acoustic pest detector with a targeted pesticide application system, to help reduce chemical inputs in agriculture. While the team didn’t make it through to the grand final, they did win the audience’s vote for their elevator pitch - a short 1 minute summary of their business idea and its benefits.