Case Studies: Environment Natural Resources and Geography

Anaerobic Digestion: its potential to improve the economic and environmental performance of organic farming systems (The Student Perspective)

KESS PhD student talks about his experiences, John Walsh’s KESS project, economic benefits of anaerobic digesters.

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Development of a range of late-blight resistant tomatoes – optimised for N European climate (The Student Perspective)

A different PhD model For me KESS has been a fantastic opportunity, being able to work on a project linked to a company that has real world objectives means that the research I am doing can be applied and is actually doing useful things in the real world, which has suited me quite well.

Highlights So far it would have to be having the opportunity to attend the Euroblight conference; because that was the first time I’d presented real original research that I’d done to an audience of other scientists. I also think generally getting my first results out of my trial and these actually being used by the company that I’m working with to inform what they are doing in their breeding programme; it was good to see my research actually being used.

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Anaerobic Digestion: its potential to improve the economic and environmental performance of organic farming systems (The Academic Perspective)


What this project did that was different from other projects was that it placed an economic value on the environmental benefits that anaerobic digestion can offer over the short term. Over the long term, this type of work has the potential to offer wider societal benefits, for instance an improvement in water quality; this in turn can affect the tourism industry, water companies and so on. In addition to this is of course the fact that anaerobic digestion provides a source of renewable energy, reducing CO2 emissions.
There are many people who can benefit financially from the results of this research, the taxpayer benefits, as do large, medium and small private companies; so there are many economic and environmental advantages and I think that this is highlighted in the project.

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Development of a range of late-blight resistant tomatoes – optimised for N European climate (The Business Perspective)

Student: James Stroud Company: Sárvári Research Trust (SRT) Academic Supervisor: Dr Katherine Steele David Shaw, Sarvari Research Trust: Sarvari ResearchTrust is a small organisation, so one of the things that attracted us to the KESS programme was the ability to have a substantial piece of research done for a relatively low price. It was also… Read more »