Dr Lydia Smith; Director of NIAB Innovation Farm & Eastern Agritech Innovation Hub
Lydia leads Interactive farmer-facing research into sustainable farming; especially soil health, crop genetic improvement and waste minimisation. Soil-crop microbial interactions are a particular focus, particularly mycorrhizal associations. She has lectured in soil science, crop microbial interactions, environmental biology/land reclamation at University of East London and Luton, before moving to NIAB. At NIAB-Innovation Farm, interactive demonstrations promote knowledge exchange and innovation uptake, and at the EAI Hub there is incubation and research resource provision for SMEs and academics, with an additional focus on sustainable use of heat and power to drive innovation.
As part of their long-term soil improvement, many farmers have successfully integrated winter cover crops into their rotation. Some have the long term aim to minimise or even eliminate exposure of bare soil at any time throughout the year. Others have taken this theme a step further and have introduced longer term use of cover […]