Year five MEng student, Chris Joynt from Harper Adams University, recently visited Tangmere Airfield Nurseries to understand the processes involved in sweet pepper production and the challenges he will face as he embarks on his final year research project.
Chris, who studies MEng Agricultural Engineering, hopes he’ll be able to engineer solutions, which will make plant husbandry more productive and efficient in a commercial situation.
On a tour around one of Tangmere’s glasshouses, Mark Knight, Technical Crops Manager, shared with Chris how the team support and steer the growth of some 300,000 plants to promote ‘generative’ or ‘vegetative’ development throughout the life cycle of the crop.
Mark said of the visit: “It was a pleasure to meet with Chris and have him pick my brains! I really enjoy the opportunity to engage students with horticulture and hope it’s an eye-opening experience to see first-hand the scale and complexity of food production. Science and technology is becoming increasingly important in our business and we wish Chris good luck with his research into novel production techniques.”