Current Research Projects

See below for current research projects funded by the Trust, together with some examples of posters, reports and other outputs from these.
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TBC (Cranfield University ): Developing use of UAV-RADAR for soil erosion and moisture assessment

Edwin Toreveyi (Harper Adams University PhD): Investigating sensing technologies to predict potato storage disorders

Aaron Ainsworth (University of Birmingham PhD): To develop a framework to identify and examine next generation of industrial lubricants, to reduce time needed to investigate untapped sources.


See here for more posters displayed by Trust funded students at 2022 events

Theo Welby (Cranfield University PhD): Evaluating efficacy of novel green fertilisers using carbon capture tech to improve soil health and grain quality

Scott Ewing (Glasgow University PhD): Improving crop quality using LED lighting in vertical farms

Callum Lennox (Lincoln University PhD): Real-time vision-based spot spraying for high efficiency and precision weed management

Wing Ng (Hartpury University PhD): Moving towards net zero through farm level monitoring



Bethany O'Sullivan (University of Nottingham) The influence of conservation agriculture on soil biophysical properties, crop growth and yield in the UK


Ana Prada (Harper Adams University): The effect of LGP and CTF Systems on Soil Properties and Crop Development for 3 Tillage Systems (‘T&T’ Part 4)



Josie Lynch (University of Worcester) Monitoring effects of conservation agriculture on soil erosion using UAVs


2020 and ongoing

Cranfield MSc Group Project:  Future Innovations in agricultural and environmental engineering