Agricultural technology company, Innovation Agri-Tech Group (‘IAG’), has announced it is creating an Advisory Board, appointing Professor Tracy Lawson and Dr. Chris Foulds as the two founding members.
IAG is currently in the R&D phase of business, having developed its patented “vertical framework of aeroponic growing modules” called the GrowFrame – a fully-scalable, flexible technology based on a modular system that uses Indoor Vertical Aeroponics instead of a more traditional vertical farming hydroponic system.
As the IAG team gears up to fulfill its orders and launch to market in Q3 of 2022, Professor Tracy Lawson and Dr. Chris Foulds will both be joining the newly formed IAG Advisory board.
Professor Tracy Lawson is a professor in the Plant Productivity group and Director of Plant Phenotyping at Essex University and recognized on the Clarivate World Highest Cited list in both 2020 and 2021. Professor Lawson takes her place on the Advisory Board with over 25 years of experience in photosynthesis research, during which she has published over 135 peer review papers/book chapters, all since obtaining her first degree in Applied Biology in 1993 from the Liverpool John Moores University and Ph.D. from the University of Dundee in 1997.
Professor Lawson’s research focuses on the stomatal control of atmospheric gas entry into the leaf, associated water loss, and the mechanisms that regulate this process. As part of this research, she also optimizes lighting recipes for TCEA/vertical farming environments to increase productivity and reduce resource input such as water and energy.
Professor Tracy Lawson
Dr. Chris Foulds, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Bristol, brings nearly 40 years experience in the food and drinks industry, with the last 25 years in fresh produce. During his career, Dr. Foulds has held the position of Technical Director of G’s Marketing, Vitacress Salads, and Flamingo Fresh Produce and has worked on several retailers’ codes of practice for food safety in the field and factory. Dr. Foulds was Technical Chairman of the Chilled Food Association and founder member and chairman of their Produce Working Group and is known for his work in simplifying food safety issues and technical compliance for growers, especially for non-UK sources.
Jaz Singh, CEO of Innovation Agri-Tech Group, comments on the appointments: “I’d like to extend a warm welcome to both Professor Tracy Lawson and Dr Chris Foulds as members of our Advisory Board at IAG. As we transition from R&D focus to strategic commercial growth later this year, the ongoing support of both members, who bring a huge bank of knowledge, exceptional expertise, and an embedded technical understanding of our industry, will be invaluable. They will be vital and valued in their support of the existing team of industry specialists. Their input will help us further develop as a business and enable us to be confident to advise our clients along the way.”