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LED Tomato Project

We have just embarked on a ground breaking project to raise the roof of one of our glasshouses to create a new, state of the art research facility to examine the effects of different LED lights on long season crops such as tomato.
Graham Ward OBE, STC Chief Executive, commented on the new development: “STC exists to serve the growers of the UK. This is an excellent example of where we have brought together a group to fund a new facility, not just for the current piece of work, but one that presents many exciting opportunities for growers, retailers and consumers in the future.”
The project, the largest trial of its type in Europe, has been made possible through support from partners below and we look forward to working with them on this exciting project. Meanwhile, here are a few pictures from the venture so far.

New Recruits

We're proud to report that we have strengthened our team with the creation of several new posts. Pictured here with STC Director of Science, Dr Martin McPherson, left, are technician, Mr Gavin Milson; Business Manager for Entomology, Dr David George; Trainee Project Manager in Entomology, Dr Jennifer Banfield-Zanin and photobiologist, Mr Rhydian Beynon-Davies. 
Missing from the photo are Mr Adam Ormerod, Trainee Project Manager in the Plant Pathology Department and Dr Claire Burns who has also joined the Plant Pathology Department to cover Kirsty Wright’s maternity leave.

Please click on the link to 
Stockbridge online to read the full story.
Congratulations to Drs. David George and Jennifer Banfield-Zanin for being elected as Trustees of the Royal Entomological Society. They attended their first Council Meeting this month.

News from the Plant Pathology Department

“We’re nearing the end of a really busy summer of fieldwork, particularly in Lettuce, Cucumber and Ornamentals.  These include SCEPTRE, MOPS, numerous commercial trials and the HDC funded ‘Lettuce Best Practice Project’ which has identified some potential treatment programmes for the future.

In the lab, the Plant Clinic has continued to be busy with samples of all shapes and sizes and from all areas of horticulture. One recent, but slightly unusual, example has been the presence of white blister (Albugo candida, pictured) affecting the quality of broccoli florets.”
James Townsend, Project Leader

STC launches Childcare Voucher Scheme

STC Office Manager, Elaine Hukins said: “You only need to look at the news to hear how much the cost of childcare has increased in the last few years which affects many parents.
Following a summer when 3 of our staff have become parents for the first time it got us thinking about how we can help and we decided to launch a Childcare Voucher Scheme for staff which starts on 1 November 2014.
By using the scheme it helps working parents save money on childcare by sacrificing part of their salary for Childcare Vouchers they save on Tax and NI on the amount sacrificed.    These can be used at nursery, before and after school clubs, activity camps and many more childcare providers.”

Stockbridge Soundbites

Dr David George presented work on ‘multi-functional field margins’ and the poultry red mite at the European Congress of Entomology, held at the University of York in August.
Dr David George published a review of the HortLINK Field Margins project in LEAFs IFM Bulletin (October)
Dr Jennifer Banfield-Zanin delivered a platform presentation at the Royal Entomological Society’s Aphid Special Interest Group, held at Harper Adams in September.
KE Development Funding, secured by Dr Valerie Ferro at the University of Strathclyde in Sept, will see STC working alongside researchers from Strathclyde and The James Hutton Institute on novel approaches to slug control. 

A taste of what's to come in the next newsletter..

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