On February 5th, Writtle University College (WUC) welcomed a prestigious, new guest speaker. Sally Channon is the technologist for Thanet Earth, Britain's leading glasshouse complex.
The company's impressive glasshouse complex uses cutting-edge technology to produce around 400 million tomatoes, 30 million cucumbers and 24 million peppers each year.
The virtual lecture introduced agri-food students to the scientific methods used for large scale production and the global links, partnerships and supplier chains underpinning distribution.
The talk was part of WUC's ongoing commitment to introduce students to ground-breaking technology and sector-leading initiatives. Thanet Earth is dedicated to de-risking winter supply challenges, and uses light to extend the UK's growing season.
Senior Lecturer in Crop Production, Dr Kambiz Baghalian, said: "We would like to thank Sally Channon for joining us. At WUC, our aim is to 'put science into practice'. Our students are passionate about horticulture and benefited from hearing how sector-leading institutions are using the latest advances to improve quality and yield."