Julia Cooper is the newly appointed Principal Researcher in Crop Diversity and Agronomy at the Organic Research Centre. She is a soil scientist with history of working on agronomic strategies to improve the efficiency of C and N cycling in agricultural soils. She has previously coordinated EU FP7 Projects N-TOOLBOX, which focused on practical strategies to mitigate N losses to water from farming, and NUE-CROPS, which focused on agronomic and breeding strategies to improve nitrogen use efficiency in major European crops. She uses a range of approaches including soil and crop modelling, in-field monitoring, microbial fingerprinting, and NG sequencing, to understand how crop management affects soil processes which ultimately determine nutrient supply to agricultural crops.
Whilst agroecological farming practices are gaining traction they are not being adopted at the required rate to effectively reduce the environmental degradation we see connected to our farming landscape. This session will see farmers, growers and researchers discuss the issues and barriers being faced in educating existing and next generational farmers. They will highlight grassroots […]
This house believes that arable farmers should get much more familiar with composting. From Johnson-Su bioreactors to wider resource management and quantifying soil health benefits