Dr Louisa Boyer
I am the technical director of PlantWorks and have worked in the field of soil microbes with a focus of mycorrhizal fungi for over 17 years. I have an active role in developing new bio fertisilers and educating agronomists and farmers on how the enhance soil life to increase plant efficiencies.
Project and Science Manager
As Project and Science Manager, I am responsible for organising the research activities at PlantWorks, as well as giving talks and seminars to educate UK farming communities about the benefits of soil microbes. I have a degree in Commercial Horticulture and my particular research interests are the use of microbial inoculants in arable farming systems and the in vitro production of mycorrhizal fungi.
Project Manager Horticulture Group
With particular responsibility for designing and running trials on soft fruit and substrate grown vegetable crops. I work with growers to optimise the value of bio-fertilsers in growing media. I also work on ericoid mycorrhizas and research other plant beneficial endophytes. I hold a Bsc (Hons) degree in horticultural engineering.
Dr QiaoYi Lin
Head of Bacterial Sciences
I am responsible for the isolation, research and production of beneficial soil bacteria at PlantWorks for inclusion in its range bio-fertilsers. My work includes greenhouse and field trials to optimise consortia of bacteria for specific crops and the quality assurance of these microbes during production, storage and application in glass houses and open fields.
I am the technical manager and a member of the broad acre group at PlantWorks. I am responsible for the production and the quality assurance of the mycorrhizal fungi activity and work on new methods to enhance the efficacy of our bio fertiliser products. I work with the farming community, trialling products in rotations systems and offering training on the value of biologically active soils. I hold degrees in soil science and in microbiology.
I am responsible for plant and microbial health at PlantWorks and maintain our production facilities, nurturing plants and cultures and undertaking continual quality assurances on all active components found in our bio fertilisers. In addition you can find me supporting trials in both horticulture and agricultural sectors with the rest of the PlantWorks’ science team.
Working in technical sales I get to travel around the country talking to customers from a wide variety of backgrounds including gardeners, landscapers, garden centre staff and growers. My main role is to help customers understand the important role soil microbes play in the healthy growth of plants and help to support different retail activities. I moved from the science side of the company into sales and hold a degree in biological sciences and a research masters in entomology.