Dr Jennifer Rowntree

Dr Jennifer Rowntree


Jennifer is an ecological geneticist with a background in plant ecology. She is interested in complex problems that require a cross-disciplinary approach. Recent projects have focused on developing molecular tools for the for the quantification of biodiversity including soil health in agriculture. Jennifer is deputy director of the new Research England funded Centre of Research excellence in Intelligent and Sustainable Productive Systems at the University of Plymouth.

What’s Happening Below the Surface to Drive the Change? Soil Health in Horticultural Strip Tillage Systems

Grass Tent

Why and how does strip tillage in vegetable crops benefit the soil and its biology? We take a whistle stop tour of the fundamentals of utilising strip tillage techniques in field scale vegetables to understand not only the practical benefits to the grower but what is driving this below the surface.