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Horticulture Student Awarded the 2013 Thanet Earth Discovery Fellowship

Posted on 27th April 2013 in HE News, Higher Education, Horticulture

Richard Killian, a second year BSc (Hons) Horticulture student at Hadlow College, has been awarded the 2013 Thanet Earth Discovery Fellowship.

Now in its second year, this innovative award will see Richard working on new produce development (NPD) within the fresh produce industry.  He will be paid to spend nine months working in a dedicated glasshouse environment at the College which is equipped with a growing system comparable to a commercial glasshouse and, it is hoped, that the results of his research will yield some exciting new information which Thanet Earth can take forward to commercial glasshouse trails and ultimately onto retailers’ shelves.

The selection process, which comprised a panel of Horticulturalists, involved a number of high calibre candidates and consisted of a presentation and interview.  Commenting on the award, Robert James, the Technical Manager at Thanet Earth, who helped devise the Fellowship said “NPD can be pretty complicated.  We have identified it as a clear opportunity where Thanet Earth can provide a student with new skills and a genuine commercial experience – something that can be very hard to provide in a college setting.”

Robert succeeds Tom Pilcher – the first student who was awarded the Fellowship – who used his period to trial new types of tomato varieties.

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