Writtle University College to work with leading British tomato supplier

June 2022

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Writtle University College (WUC) is pleased to announce a collaboration with APS Group, the UK's leading supplier of British tomatoes.

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) has been driven by WUC's senior lecturer in crop production, Dr. Kami Baghalian, and Brian Moralee, Grower Manager at APS Groups.

The partnership will allow the two organisations to develop, test and validate optimised systems to address some of the major challenges in tomato production.

APS Group's resources and technical support will work in combination with WUC's excellent academic resources, including laboratories, and a spacious research glasshouse.

WUC's glasshouse is equipped with a state-of-the-art Environmental Monitoring System that will be instrumental to the KTP.

This partnership hopes to identify benefits beyond the immediate scope of the current project.

WUC and APS Group aim to support future generations of students, offering hands-on opportunities to understand the latest technological advancements and learn methods on how to sustainably produce crops.

Dr. Kami Baghalian said: "WUC is committed to training a new generation of highly skilled graduates who are ready to join the industry and play an instrumental role within the landscape of 21st century crop production. This would not be possible without having pioneering organisations on board, such as APS Group, who have a research-oriented attitude to business."

For more information on Writtle University College's horticulture courses, visit writtle.ac.uk/horticulture.