It was more than 11,500 years ago, when nascent farmers began to plant wild grains around. Thousands of years later, agriculture is yet to experience a revolution that can face the challenges associated to our growing global population and the needs for sustainable food security.

Biotechnology, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and big data analytics has enabled the development of precision agriculture to advance sustainable crop production.

Our research focuses on the use of agricultural waste to produce nanostructured circular materials for precision agriculture. We develop fit-for-purpose hydrochar to match Amazonian Black Earth (Terra preta) to improve soil fertility, while allowing for long-term carbon sequestration. The final goal of our designer materials is greater crop yield, shortened germination time, and an increase in cropping season.

RESEARCH PROJECTS

DESIGNER HYDROCHAR FOR SOIL REMEDIATION AND CONTROLLED PLANT GROWTH

MODELLING MICROBIAL GROWTH

AGRICULTURAL WASTE VALORISATION

COLLABORATORS

Ian Mabbett | Swansea University, UK
Larissa Nicholas | Swansea University, UK

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