Mrs Liz Hill

PhD student

My research covers the fate of pesticides in agricultural production.

Pesticide residues are a significant commercial problem for farmers, instruments used to measure the levels of pesticides on produce is becoming more sensitive so lower concentrations are being picked up and this leads to increasing consumer concern.

The aim of my research is to produce action spectra for pesticide degradation in different light conditions; whether those conditions result from agronomic practices i.e. different cladding materials used in protected cropping, or natural variation i.e. season or latitude. Predominantly concentrating on both aqueous degradation and plant surface degradation of common pesticides.