Through the use of various field and controlled techniques, including elemental analysis, micropropagation and cryogenic storage, the research team is investigating the environmental and physiological aspects of crop plant productivity and pathology. Much of this research has been in collaboration with institutions in Britain, including the universities of Abertay, Essex and East London. Internationally, the Rubber Research Institute in Sri Lanka and Egerton University, Kenya are established research partners.
Through commercial consultancy work, Writtle University College has established an excellent reputation in the field of post-harvest and supply chain, particularly in relation to cold storage and international transport. Current research is focusing upon disease reduction in stored fruits and vegetables using non-chemical treatments and the pre-harvest treatment of cut flowers to improve post-harvest longevity.