Category: Biophd

Ventilated drying

If there is one thing that I hope to know more about than anyone else in the world at the end of my PhD, it is how air moves through sugar beet clamps, and how this air movement impacts the quality of the beets over time. To this end, one of the major research trials…
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Sugar beet clamp modelling – physical

The storage period is short. Is building a scale model of a beet clamp a solution to extending this, for research purposes? In my mind, absolutely (obviously). I can’t imaging how much more we’d be able to learn about the thermo- and fluid dynamics of a clamp during one year if we could run 5…
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Storage trials 2018: texture analysis

In Brief (originally written for the NBR Facebook page): Stage 2 of NBRs main storage trail for 2018 was texture and quality at harvest analysis. Conducted at the labs of our German COBRI collaboration partner, Ifz, texture analysis involved subjecting beets to surface penetration tests and compression tests. Penetration tests involve a 2mm needle being…
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Storage trails 2018: harvest day

Originally written for the NBR Facebook page: There have been few benefits from the lack of rain in 2018 and NBRs research has not been immune to the challenges the year has thrown up. But one of our research trials may actually benefit from the dry. The trial is part of the harvest and storage series,…
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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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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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