Author: meran.bioph

Rhizobox 1.0

Rhizo- relating to a root or roots. This is the diary of the first seeds in my first home made rhizobox. July 14 2018. Sugar beets, sown at approx kl15. 10 seeds sown at approximately 2cm depth, near or against the Plexiglass. I’ve set up the box to lean forward at 15-20 degrees. Given anyone…
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Storing Drought Stressed Beets – capitalising on a hard situation.

Literally. The harvest campaign of 2017 is remembered as a wet one. While it was underway, I’m sure many were wishing for a better foundation for their clamps sites. This year, for now, we have that. So, while the ground in hard and dry, could it be worth trying to maintain a patch of the…
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Storing Drought Stressed Beets

Feature image credit: Michael Welling, Thünen-Institut (fyi, Johann Heinrich von Thünen – possibly my favourite economist.) While we’re still a long way away from harvesting and storing sugar beets this season in Sweden, we’ve got a bit of time just now to look forward to this busy time and consider what we might be facing.…
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Cadel Evans part 1

Bikes are not one of the things I have a dedicated page for on this website. Maybe I should. Afterall, they are pretty awesome. My first bike was a hand-me-down. A tough as nails BMX that could even handle my dad riding it (see the proof of this right at the bottom of my post…
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BeetLog (AKA Connected Beet)

(Feature image credit: Martin Lishman Ltd, UK) The ‘Connected Beet’ was a highlight of the IIRB 2018 Congress for me. It’s a 3D printed ‘sugar beet’, with a sensor inside that reads number and magnitude of impacts on the beet as it moves through a harvester, or any other process a beet may go through.…
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Borgeby fältdagar 2018

2018 marks the 20th year of Borgeby field days. Congrats to HIR Skåne! When I left work this afternoon (the day before the 2 day event), it looked like they were warming up for a big party to celebrate, although I guess the real celebrations for the organisers come Thursday night when everyone has gone…
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Betodlaren – introduction

Writing for the the industry magazine ‘Betodlaren’ (the beet grower) will be a big part of my work at NBR. My first article was a bit of a gimme: it’s an introduction of myself. Here is a translation of it: William is new at NBR NBR has been awarded a grant from the industry doctor program…
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IIRB Congress 2018

The IIRB (roughly translated to International Institute of Sugar Beet Research) Congress is a biannual event, which, sitting at the airport before catching the flight there, seems to be a standard academic conference with the very specific focus of sugar beets. NBR of course has strong ties to the organization, so we’re all going. I…
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Living LivsID

The Industridoktorander inom livsmedelsområdet (Industry doctoral candidates from the food sector, or ‘LivsID’) program is the world that I’ll be living in for the next 5 years (ie mid 2018 to mid 2023). This program is funded by the Swedish government, through SLU, as part of the national strategy to strengthen the food sector. The…
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Shed i Malmö features on SVT2s Aktuellt

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