Gultakin is a 4th Year PhD student researching the effects of different management practices on the productivity and quality of wine and table grapes. Her work has included analysis of grocery-store grape products and grapes and wines from farms in Greece. Gultakin’s research also includes a meta-analysis of studies including composition data for grapes/wine, which found differences in antioxidant activity between organic and non-organic grapes.
Juan is a 3rd Year PhD student studying the nutritional differences in different grain products based on agricultural and processing methods. Her research includes extensive phenolic analyses of store-bought flour samples, focusing on comparing conventional wheat products to whole-grain, organic and/or spelt alternatives.
Aljawery Nada Mohammed
Nada is a 3rd Year PhD student studying the effect of agronomic practices on arbuscular mycorrhizal (AMF) root colonisation and inoculum density in different cultivars of spelt wheat. Her project includes two experiments, both based at Nafferton farm: the first on the effect of genotypic variation of spelt and fertility input on AMF colonisation and inoculum density, and the second on the effect of crop protection, tillage, fertility and genotypic variation on AMF colonisation and inoculum density. Nada’s research also includes a meta-analysis of studies comparing organic versus conventional management systems impacts on different mycorrhizal parameters in different crop and grass species.
Enas is a 3rd Year PhD student researching the effect of rhizobium and microbial biocontrol inocula on the health, yield and quality of faba beans (Vicia faba) in organic and conventional crop production systems. Her project includes two experiments: The first on beans based in the UK at Nafferton farm and the second on chickpeas in Crete. Enas’ research also includes a meta-analysis of studies comparing health, productivity and quality between crops with and without rhizobia.
Amelia is a 3rd Year PhD student researching the effects of different fertilisation regimes on productivity and quality of minor grain cereals. Her work falls within the HealthyMinorCereals and SIP projects and focuses on using recycled-waste based fertilisers to produce spelt and rye in field and farm-scale trials. Amelia is also the unofficial Dissemination Officer for NEFG, so please contact her if you have any outreach-related inquiries.
David is a 2nd Year PhD student researching efficient and productive use of rain and nutrients within arid and semi-arid environments in northern Kenya. His project monitors and records rain-use and nutrient-use efficiency in grazing, crop-based and mixed production systems and analyses soil, plants and manure to develop strategies to improve resource use efficiency. David is based in Newcastle but is often in Kenya for field work.
Hassan is a 2nd Year PhD student researching the effects of different tillage conditions, fertiliser types and legume intercropping systems on productivity and quality of minor grain cereals. His work falls within the HealthyMinorCereals project and focuses tillage and weed control impacts in spelt and rye in the UK and legume intercrops and fertility type impacts on spelt and oats in Crete, Greece.
Israel is a 2nd Year PhD student currently testing buckwheat and quinoa varieties for improved nutritional quality and assessing how their productivity can be optimised for suitability to agro-ecological conditions in northeast England. His work also aims to evaluate how fertilisation regimes, targeting zinc biofortification, affects the nutritional quality of these crops.
Mohammad Feizal Bin Daud
Hannah is a 1st Year PhD student researching the effects of cross-bred dairy cows and grass-based feeding regimes on milk yield and quality and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Her project involves analysing and modelling data collected through the EU LowInputBreeds project to carry out life-cycle-analysis (LCA) based environmental and economic impact assessments for dairy production systems with different breeding and feeding regimes.