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Research Projects Directory

Discover research projects that are supporting the horticultural, and plant-based, food and drink supply chain.

Extending the season for Kentish cherries

University of Greenwich

Fruit

Food quality, Food waste

Extending the season for Kentish cherries
Next generation apple breeding for resilient UK production

NIAB

Fruit

Genetics, Crop protection (pests, diseases and weeds), Breeding

Next generation apple breeding for resilient UK production
Exploring the links between soil microbiome and carbon sequestration in soil

NIAB

Fruit, Vegetables & salads, Pulse grains or cereals

Soil & substrates

Exploring the links between soil microbiome and carbon sequestration in soil
Using biochar from farm waste to lock carbon into soils

University of Kent

Vegetables & salads, Pulse grains or cereals

Soil & substrates

Using biochar from farm waste to lock carbon into soils
Using technology to make young salad leaves more nutritious

NIAB

Vegetables & salads

Flavour, taste, texture & nutrition, Food safety, Food quality, Food waste

Using technology to make young salad leaves more nutritious
Finding a cure for apple canker

NIAB

Fruit

Crop protection (pests, diseases and weeds)

Finding a cure for apple canker
Increasing ascorbic acid and iron levels in tomatoes to enhance human nutrition and plant abiotic stress tolerance

NIAB

Vegetables & salads

Climate and weather, Flavour, taste, texture & nutrition

Increasing ascorbic acid and iron levels in tomatoes to enhance human nutrition and plant abiotic stress tolerance
Sustainable soaker pads for raspberry punnets

University of Kent

Fruit, Packaged food and drink

Packaging

Sustainable soaker pads for raspberry punnets
Unravelling the texture of raspberries

University of Greenwich

Fruit

Flavour, taste, texture & nutrition, Plant physiology, Food quality, Breeding

Unravelling the texture of raspberries
Energy efficient drying for safe and sustainable probiotic fruit snacks

University of Greenwich

Packaged food and drink

Food processing, Energy

Energy efficient drying for safe and sustainable probiotic fruit snacks
The potential health benefits of Nashi Gold pear hybrids

University of Kent

Fruit, Beverage

Flavour, taste, texture & nutrition

The potential health benefits of Nashi Gold pear hybrids
Sustainable Plant Fibres for Fashion

NIAB

High-value products from plants (beauty, fragrance, essential oils)

Crop protection (pests, diseases and weeds), Plant physiology, Yield

Organic fertilisers for aeroponics

NIAB

Vegetables & salads

Fertilisers, Vertical Farming

Organic fertilisers for aeroponics
Marker assisted breeding to produce powdery mildew resistant hop cultivars

University of Kent

Hops

Genetics, Crop protection (pests, diseases and weeds), Breeding

Marker assisted breeding to produce powdery mildew resistant hop cultivars
Mapping Medway Horticulture to support water and business resilience

NIAB

Wine, Fruit, Vegetables & salads, Pulse grains or cereals, Hops

Water

Mapping Medway Horticulture to support water and business resilience
Sustainable methods for extracting proteins from seaweed

University of Greenwich

Alternative proteins/meat & dairy substitutes

Alternative proteins

Re-purposing Fruit & Vegetable Powders

Business-led

Packaged food and drink

Food waste

Re-purposing Fruit & Vegetable Powders
From whiskey to mushrooms

Business-led

Beverage

Novel ingredients, Energy, Food waste

From whiskey to mushrooms
Development of sustainable CO2 natural liquid hop extracts with high-impact ester profiles and functional benefits to beverages.

Business-led

Beverage, Hops

Flavour, taste, texture & nutrition, Food safety, Food quality

Development of sustainable CO2 natural liquid hop extracts with high-impact ester profiles and functional benefits to beverages.
Evogro

Business-led

Vegetables & salads

Vertical Farming

Evogro
Unlocking the next-generation protein expression systems for animal-free cheese production

University of Kent

Alternative proteins/meat & dairy substitutes

Novel ingredients, Alternative proteins

Unlocking the next-generation protein expression systems for animal-free cheese production
Production of insect protein feed through valorisation of ‘organic waste’ from UK farms

University of Kent

Alternative proteins/meat & dairy substitutes

Alternative proteins

Production of insect protein feed through valorisation of ‘organic waste’ from UK farms
Upcycled Foods: ?Getting the goodness out of Kent cherries

University of Kent

Fruit, Packaged food and drink

Flavour, taste, texture & nutrition, Food processing, Food waste

Upcycled Foods: ?Getting the goodness out of Kent cherries

Supporting sustainable innovation

From extending the shelf-life of fresh produce and reducing food waste, to storing carbon in soils, find out how researchers are tackling some of the biggest challenges facing our sector.

Use our Directory to find relevant research projects and get in touch to see how research expertise in the region could help support sustainable innovation for your business.