UCR graduate conducts ground-breaking research

Hannah Morrow completed unique and in-depth research for her final BSc (Hons) Applied Plant Science and Production Technology dissertation which looked at the difficulties of crossing cultivars within the rose growing industry.

Last year’s recipient of the Dean’s Award for Research, Hannah took an intuitive leap and came up with a simple treatment that she theorised would increase pollination, hip set and seed germination. She then proved through practical experiments over one year that her treatment did indeed increase the chance of successful rose breeding.

The result has been a ground-breaking new treatment that she has begun to develop with a very prestigious UK rose breeder as a member of their research and development team.

Unfortunately the project has been temporarily put on hold due to Covid-19 and Hannah is currently studying for a Masters in Plant Pathology at Harper Adams University, after which she hopes to resume her trials.

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