Crop and Environment Research Centre (CERC)
CERC provides a focus for the research carried out by academic staff in the Crop and Environment disciplines. The main areas of research involve producing food and non-food crops by sustainable methods. Crop protection is an important theme studying forecasting, diagnostics, biocontrol, novel forms of control and the implications for food and environmental safety. Other important areas of research for sustainable crop production include post-harvest quality, efficient use of water by plants and the impact of production systems on biodiversity.
CERC also provides dedicated facilities and the technical expertise required to conduct the wide range of research projects and commercial crop trials undertaken by University staff. CERC is accredited by the Pesticide Safety Directorate to conduct efficacy trials on agricultural, horticultural and stored crops. Click here to find out more about CERC's facilities.
Staff involved in CERC
- Dr Matthew Back - Reader in Nematology
- Dr Keith Chaney - Principal Lecturer
- Mr Simon Cooper - Senior Lecturer
- Dr Mitch Crook - Taught Postgraduate Programmes Manager/Principal Lecturer
- Prof Simon Edwards - Professor of Plant Pathology
- Dr Ivan Grove - Principal Lecturer Precision Agronomy & Research
- Dr Martin Hare - Principal Lecturer, Associate Head of Department and Research Postgraduate Programmes Manager
- Professor Peter Kettlewell - Professor of Crop Physiology and Research Co-ordinator
- Paul Lewis - Senior Lecturer in Soil and Environmental Science
- Dr Jim Monaghan - Reader - Fresh Produce and Horticulture / Director of the Fresh Produce Research Centre
- Dr John Reade - Principal Lecturer