Ellis Luckhurst – MPhil in Agriculture and Food

Year of graduation: 2007

Current employer: Fresh Produce Advisory Ltd

Current job title: Director

Current location: Truro, Cornwall

What is/was the title of your project?  

The Effect of Temperature on Heading Dates of Winter Cauliflower in West Cornwall.

Describe your research in one sentence.

Quantifying the climatic difference between different sites in West Cornwall and relating this to differences in harvesting date.

What was the most exciting element(s) of your project?

I thoroughly enjoyed the conference I attended in Toronto. Another highlight was when data from my research into temperature loggers showed very clear differences in eight locations, which were not that far apart within Cornwall.

What was the most exciting outcome(s) of your project?

Validating the Maturity Prediction Model so that it worked in a commercial setting.

Tell us what you have been doing since completing your research.

I trained as an agronomist (technical manager) and now run my own seed sales and consultancy company, Fresh Produce Advisory Ltd, based in Truro.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get into the same line of work?

Be prepared to start at the bottom, but if you apply yourself and make the most of on-the-job and academic opportunities progression can be swift.

How did your time at the University of Plymouth help you?

Studying at the University allowed me access to experts in the field (Professor Mick Fuller) and led to a number of industry contacts.

Would you recommend undertaking research at the University of Plymouth, and why?

Yes. Completing research at the University of Plymouth allows access to great academic expertise and good links with industry.