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Research Interests

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) and citizen science as a method for improving agricultural practice.

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Research Output 1987 2017

Guidelines for Experimental Practice in Organic Greenhouse Horticulture

Koller, M., Rayns, F., Cubison, S. & Schmutz, U. 11 Apr 2016 BioGreenhouse COST Action FA 1105. 154 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

greenhouses
crops
horticulture
ornamental plants
glass

LIVING SOILS: A Call to Action

Udall, D., Rayns, F. & Mansfield, T. 10 Dec 2014 Bristol/Coventry: The Soil Association/Coventry University.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

soil
skin (animal)
soil quality
vegetation
organisms
agroecology
markets
agriculture
agricultural industry
food production