To discover and implement the latest developments in labour use, automation and engineering.
Optimise cropping systems through staff training, motivation and innovation.
To improve glasshouse and infrastructure design to ensure continuing development and optimisation of cropping systems.
To improve understanding and optimisation of the aerial environment.
To improve understanding and optimisation of the rhizosphere.
To achieve zero production of non-recyclable waste entering air, water, soil or landfill.
To establish best practice and innovation through engagement with developments in a global context.
Collate information from researchers and suppliers on improved 'precision management' of cropping systems.
Improve humidity control efficiency.
Develop novel growing systems.
Drive research into glasshouse and packhouse robotics.
Monitor technical developments in lighting and provide information to inform decisions.
Provide information on closed irrigation systems and their implementation.
Monitor and research improved control of fertigation.
Research work with modellers to improve yield prediction.
Minimise waste at every stage of production and maximise the use of re-usable, recyclable and renewable inputs.
Did You Know?
In the UK, we eat 6oz (160g) of fresh tomatoes per person per week. This is the equivalent of two classic British tomatoes per week, or more than 100 per year - very low compared with other European countries, especially those in the Mediterranean region.