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Sustainable management of soil fertility, particularly concerning the use of green manure crops and the utilisation of waste materials in the form of soil amendments such as compost, anaerobic digestate and biochar for field applications and in growing media. I am also interested in intercropping, the use of heritage vegetable varieties (particularly legumes) alternatives to the use of plastics in agriculture and citizen science as a method for improving agricultural practice.
Biotechnology, Doctorate, De Montfort University
Applied Biology (BSc), Degree, University College of North Wales
Honorary Associate, Garden Organic
- SB Plant culture
- Organic agriculture
- Soil fertility
- Crop varieties
- Utilisation of wastes
- Citizen science
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Effects of long-term (42 years) tillage sequence on soil chemical characteristics in a dryland farming systemTshuma, F., Rayns, F., Labuschagne, J., Bennett, J. & Swanepoel, P. A., Aug 2021, In: Soil and Tillage Research. 212, 9 p., 105064.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Evaluating the potential of biodegradable films as alternatives to fossil fuel-derived plastic mulches for weed control in an organic field vegetable systemRayns, F., Conroy, J., Goncalves Geiger, A., Schmutz, U. & Touliatos, D. D., Sep 2021.
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Extrusion of Different Plants into Fibre for Peat Replacement in Growing Media: Adjustment of Parameters to Achieve Satisfactory Physical Fibre-PropertiesDittrich, C., Pecenka, R., Løes, A-K., Cáceres, R., Conroy, J., Rayns, F., Schmutz, U., Kir, A. & Kruggel-Emden, H., 10 Jun 2021, In: Agronomy. 11, 6, p. 1185 21 p., 1185.
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Historical changes in the mineral content of fruit and vegetables in the UK from 1940 to 2019: a concern for human nutrition and agricultureMayer, A-M., Trenchard, L. & Rayns, F., 15 Oct 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition. (In Press), p. (In Press) 12 p.
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New plastics in agriculture: Output of the EIP-AGRI Focus Group 'Reducing the plastic footprint of agriculture' Minipaper CRayns, F., Carranca, C., Miličić, V., Fonteyne, K., Peñalva, C., Hernandez, A., Pereira, R., Accinelli, C. & Zlatar, K., 2021, 16 p. EIP-AGRI Focus Group - European Commission.
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