This PhD is a continuation of an existing field trial that was set up in 2016 to critically evaluate best management practices (BMPs) to prevent and/or remediate compaction, reduce runoff and erosion in asparagus wheelings and promote stand longevity. This project, FV450, will now be extended (2018-2021) as a Cranfield-AHDB PhD studentship.
The FV450 project has successfully generated a baseline root architectural survey for 2 asparagus varieties, baseline soil compaction and structural assessments and implemented several of the BMPs. However, in order to assess the long term impact of the proposed BMPs on root architecture and stand longevity it is essential that this research continues.
Applicants should hold a first or 2:1 level or equivalent in subjects such as Agriculture, Environmental Science, Geography or Natural Sciences. Experience in soil science or plant measurements is desirable.