James Syrett

@PhDaff

Lecturer in commercial horticulture at Writtle University College. All views expressed are stolen from other people, but don't bring them into this.

Writtle University College
Joined November 2013

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  1. Retweeted
    Nov 18

    The Honeycrisp is so good it’s driving some orchards to the brink

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  2. Nov 17

    Renters: How about installing toilets that don't break? Landlords: Nah lol.

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  3. Retweeted
    Nov 8

    Very interesting story on how French wine producers are set to abandon organic production methods due to the lack of effective chemical control options. Copper sulfate causing environmental damages.

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  4. Retweeted
    Nov 8

    Throwback Thursday for Garford Farm Machinery with the robocrop baby leaf hoe

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  5. Nov 9

    I say this to my students: Be vary wary about crowdfunding a new invention. If it is viable, they should not need your money. Save crowdfunding for the zany, the artsy and the fun.

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  6. Nov 9

    Correction: Last night's tweet should have read 'accompany', not 'accommodate'. I should not rely on autocorrect so late at night.

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  7. Nov 8

    A great honour to accommodate Carlos Estrada, a graduate of to an award ceremony by . He should be very proud of his achievement.

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  8. Nov 7

    I had to pressure the council to send me a tax bill. I had to pressure the council to set up a direct debit. They still haven't set it up. I've been here three months. I tried calling them to sort it, but the phones don't work. I don't mind not paying any money, but they do.

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    Nov 6
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  10. Retweeted
    Nov 4

    BEFORE THE RAINS - or rather, in between �� - trench planted 50 Split-Cupped Collar (Div. 11a) Narcissus 'Shrike' (Grant Mitsch, 1984; AGM, 2003), groups on either side of entry walk at sidewalk. The late, great Grant Mitsch named many intros after favorite birds. Amaryllidaceae.

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  11. Nov 2

    Just discovered that are charging me for a landline. Pretty sure I didn't agree to one - I don't use a landline on account of being . On the plus side, the number is REALLY catchy.

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  12. Oct 31

    Of course I'll be joining this year's . Every little helps.

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  13. Oct 28

    IT'S IN THE COMPUTER!

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  14. Oct 25

    I worry that the golden age of Wikipedia has passed. I remember when science entries had predominantly peer-reviewed references. Now it's all magazine articles and opinion pieces. I worry it's cutting off public access to true science again.

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  15. Oct 18

    For the benefit of Brits who have never seen this, this is how cranberries are harvested. The fields are flooded and the fruits skimmed off the surface.

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  16. Oct 18

    A great afternoon visiting . Agriculture and Horticulture students got to explore this pick-your-own fruit farm. Relaxed atmosphere and very tasty fruit.

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  17. Oct 9

    I would also like to see Dorothy Hodgkin, Barbara McClintock, and Sophie Germain (to name just three) become at least as well known as Ernst Rutherford, Norman Borlaug, or René Descartes.

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  18. Oct 9

    I for one would like to see more , especially Physics and Chemistry. I find that male scientists tend to grab at the work that gets quick, flashy results. Some of the most important work requiring diligence, patience and attention to detail has been done by women.

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  19. Oct 5

    Just been excitedly researching what 'combinable crops' are, thinking they're to do with companion planting for maximising yield and improving sustainability. Felt like a prune when I figured out they're just crops that can be combine-harvested.

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  20. Retweeted
    Oct 3

    We're celebrating 25 years of the hybrid leek today . Brian Smith reminds us of his breeding rules. Still true today.

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