6 August 2022
In the Angus Growers and Angus Soft Fruits Tent, Dr Phillippa Dodds Head of Agronomy will lead a talk looks at soil and plant health. Topics will include:
Biological Control for soil and plant health – Find out how we use natural enemies to control pests which manage soil and plant health.
Pollination – Find out the critical importance of our pollinators to the production of our berries.
Water reduction and saving – Learn how we manage, recycle and save water throughout our farms.
Table Top Growing Plant Health – What are the benefits of table top growing for the plant and the agricultural landscape of Angus.
Dr Phillippa Dodds
After graduating from the University of Bristol in 2001 with a BSc in Zoology, Phillippa joined the Crop and Environmental Science group at East Malling Research (EMR) in Kent, where she worked as a Research Leader managing scientific research trials on a wide range of crops including strawberries, potatoes, poinsettia, and hardy nursery stock. A strong focus on this work was the development of novel irrigation and nutrition techniques to improve water and nutrient use efficiency, yields and product quality. During this time she developed strong links with industry representatives, funding bodies and growers from the soft fruit and other protected crop sectors, and also completed a PhD in conjunction with the University of Lancaster.
In 2010, Phillippa made the move from horticultural research to the commercial role of soft fruit agronomist with Angus Growers- by combining her previous skills and knowledge of soft fruit production with BASIS and FACTS (horticulture) qualifications, Phillippa and her team provide the AG growers with all aspects of agronomic advice, from pest and disease control, crop management & planning, plant procurement and nutritional advice.