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Robert Needham


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Main responsibilities include:

Technical and laboratory support for the quality testing of seeds for plant production research
Assisting with research processes in order to improve cost efficiency and effectiveness of nursery plant production

Graduate in Applied Biology (Crop Protection) from Bangor University with extensive experience in in laboratory microbiology, and field ecology


Member of Royal Society of Biology

Seed Technician
Tree health

Alice Holt Lodge



GU10 4LH

Related Research


Focus on Hymenoscyphus fraxineus

Emerging diseases of forests caused by Hymenoscyphus fraxineus

Status current


Seed X-ray testing

Using digital X-rays to determine whether seeds are filled, empty, immature, and insect- or mechanically-damaged

Status current
Plant Production

Adding value to tree seed lots to improve cost-efficiency and effectiveness of nurseries

Other Research



Acorn Storage – this project is funded by Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (grant HNS 197), Forestry Commission Scotland, Future Trees Trust, Woodland Heritage and Woodland Trust; Research Technician.
Hot-water treatment of ash fruits – this project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 635646; Research Technician.