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I am particularly interested in the practical application of developments in sustainable agriculture and horticulture and the use of appropriate technologies. Whenever possible I hope to make the results of my research available as directly as possible to farmers and growers.
Francis studied Applied Biology at UCNW Bangor and received a PhD from De Montfort University in Leicester (Somatic Embryogenesis for Plant Propagation). He then worked for over 20 years in the Research Department of HDRA/Garden Organic and was involved with a wide range of research projects concerned with practical organic horticulture, particularly in the field of soil fertility. This included work on green manures, crop rotations, the use of composts and other amendments, vegetable transplant production, soil quality indicators and comparisons of soil managed organically and conventionally.
Many of these projects were conducted on commercial farms in a participatory manner and appropriate dissemination to end users was an important component. Francis also provided advice to members (mainly to gardeners) and ran the Garden Organic Members’ Experiments (a Citizen Science Programme).
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