Biology lecturer Dr Geoff Whiteley has
been awarded £48,000 to commercialise his research into
environmentally friendly methods of creating peat-free
compost and mulch.
Whiteley’s innovation, (Reporter 458) uses ordinary
straw, coated with a naturally occurring mineral preparation,
creating a cost-effective, light and long-lasting mulch,
with qualities similar to peat.
award, from the lottery funded National Endowment for
Science Technology & the Arts (NESTA) looks not only at
the commercial potential of the project, but also at the
benefits to society and the environment, and is based
on a percentage return if the project becomes successful.
Whiteley plans to use the money to protect the intellectual
property rights patents are currently being applied
for with the help of Leeds Innovations and to undertake
commerical scale trials in the UK.
more information, see the NESTA website