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Programme Leader for Agriculture and Equine
Originally from County Durham, Tom graduated from Askham Bryan College, York, with a FdSc in Agriculture with Land Management. After two years of self-employment as a contract herdsman travelling the North of England and Wales, Tom relocated to Lancashire to work as a Herdsman on a Pedigree Holstein herd and studied part-time for a BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Livestock Science at University Centre Myerscough.
Tom has travelled extensively to the USA, Eastern Europe, and Scandinavia on study tours, was an Oxford Farming Conference Scholar in 2018, and was the recipient of a Moredun Foundation Award to study the use of essential oils as a cure for bovine subclinical mastitis.
Tom joined UCR part-time in February 2020, and is currently studying an MSc in Sustainable and Efficient Food Production at Aberystwyth University.
- Dairy Production Systems
- Sustainable Agriculture and Technologies
- Antibiotic Use & Resistance
- Spending time with his family
- Playing golf
- Aviation and travel
- Plant Pathology
- Micropropagation and plant tissue culture
Morris, E.A (2000). ‘Etiology and biocontrol of Phytophthora infestans Mont.deBary’. MPhil Thesis, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
Daniel was awarded a BSc in food science and technology as well as an engineering title (Ingenieur) by Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Germany. Daniel then completed MSc in Food Technology with Quality Assurance from the University of Reading, UK. Daniel is in his final year towards a PhD in Chemical Engineering (part time) at the University of Birmingham.
In addition, Daniel has worked for numerous years in the food industry in Germany and the UK, including companies such as Weetabix and Kuchenmeister GmbH. Further, Daniel was the Chief Technology Officer, Director and Co-Founder of Rheality Ltd, a technology and spinout company that has developed a novel rheometric device.
- Food physics
- Fluid mechanics
- Nondestructive evaluation methods
- Acoustic emissions
- Applied machine learning
- Formulation engineering
- Tribology of foods
Association of German Food Technologists (GDL e.V.)
Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE)
Institute of Physics (IOP)Chairperson Engineering for Food and Drinks Special Interest Group, IAgrE
Co-Chair CAETS Agri-food, RAEng
Distinguished Scientist in Chemical Engineering, RAIB 2020/ Precious Cornerstone University (2020)
Abbas, R. N., Arshad, M. A., Iqbal, A., Iqbal, M. A., Imran, M., Raza, A., Chen, J.-T., Alyemeni, M. N., & Hefft, D. I. (2021). Weeds Spectrum, Productivity and Land-Use Efficiency in Maize-Gram Intercropping Systems under Semi-Arid Environment. Agronomy, 11(8), 1615. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11081615
Adetunji, C. O., Ayeni, A. E., Olaniyan, O. T., Akram, M., Ubi, B. E., Islam, S., Laila, U., Ajaz, M., Palnam, W. D., Thangadurai, D., Michael, O. S., Adetunji, J. B., Khan, F. S., & Hefft, D. I. (2021). Current Trends in the Detection of Foodborne Pathogens and Maintenance of Microbial Food Safety and Quality Based on Ribosomal RNA Approaches. In Sequencing Technologies in Microbial Food Safety and Quality (1st ed., pp. 361–374). CRC Press. https://doi.org/10.1201/9780429329869-17
Adetunji, C. O., Palnam, W. D., Adetunji, J. B., Ubi, B. E., Ayeni, A. E., Thangadurai, D., Akram, M., Khan, F. S., Michael, O. S., Olaniyan, O. T., Temidayo, A. K., Islam, S., Adebisi, A. K., & Hefft, D. I. (2021). Single Cell Sequencing of Microbial Species. In Sequencing Technologies in Microbial Food Safety and Quality (1st ed., pp. 349–358). CRC Press. https://doi.org/10.1201/9780429329869-15
Adeyemi, F. M., Ojo, O. O., Badejo, A. A., Oyedara, O. O., Olaitan, J. O., Adetunji, C. O., Hefft, D. I., Ogunjobi, A. A., & Akinde, S. B. (2022). Integrated poultry-fish farming system encourages multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria dissemination in pond environment and fishes. Aquaculture, 548, 737558. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2021.737558
Alberini, F., Hefft, D. I., & Forte, G. (2020). Identifying liquid rheological properties from acoustic signals (Patent No. WO2020260889A1). WIPO. https://patents.google.com/patent/WO2020260889A1/fr
Baronti, L., Castellani, M., Hefft, D. I., & Alberini, F. (2021). Neural network identification of water pipe blockage from smart embedded passive acoustic measurements. The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, cjce.24202. https://doi.org/10.1002/cjce.24202
Enuneku, A. A., Anani, O. A., Job, O., Kubeyinje, B. F., Ogbomida, E. T., Asemota, C. O., Okpara, B., Imoobe, T., Ezemonye, L. I., Oluwaseun, A. C., & Hefft, D. I. (2021). Mapping soil susceptibility to crude oil pollution in the region of Delta, South-South Nigeria: A proportional study of environmetrics, health, ecological risks, and geospatial evaluation. Scientific African, 14, e01012. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sciaf.2021.e01012
Hefft, D. I. (2017). Developments and Properties of Plastic Mimicking Biopolymers for Food Packaging Application. Journal of Applied Packaging Research, 9(2), 47–60.
Baronti, L., Castellani, M., Hefft, D. I., Alberini, F. (2021). Neural network identification of water pipe blockage from smart embedded passive acoustic measurements. The Canadi
Hefft, D. I. (2018a). Effects of Chitosan-Coated Paperboard Trays on the Botrytis cinerea Formation and Sensory Quality of Bilberries ( Vaccinium myrtillus L.) and Redcurrants ( Ribes rubrum L.). International Journal of Fruit Science, 18(3), 300–306. https://doi.org/10.1080/15538362.2017.1411863
Hefft, D. I. (2018b). Functionality of a bio-compostable food contact material on rice straw base for the intended use of pizza storage. Journal of Food Processing and Preservation, 42(8), e13676. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfpp.13676
Hefft, D. I., & Alberini, F. (2019a). Creating a predictive model for acoustic emission data in pipe flow. BEAR Annual Conference.
Hefft, D. I., & Alberini, F. (2019b). Für ein erfolgreiches Scale-up: Live-Messungen zur kontinuierlichen Überwachung von Rheologie und Durchfluss. Lebensmitteltechnik, 10(19), 36–37.
Hefft, D. I., & Alberini, F. (2019c). Höre auf Deinen Prozess. CITplus, 22(9), 21–22. https://doi.org/10.1002/citp.201900911
Hefft, D. I., & Alberini, F. (2019d). Rheological characterisation of foods. Food Science and Technology, 33(3), 34–36. https://doi.org/10.1002/fsat.3303_9.x
Hefft, D. I., & Alberini, F. (2020). A step towards the live identification of pipe obstructions with the use of passive acoustic emission and supervised machine learning. Biosystems Engineering, 191, 48–59. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2019.12.015
Hefft, D. I., & Alberini, F. (2019e). The Possible Application of a Single Passive Acoustic Emission Sensor to Identify Different Complex Fluids in a Fully Flooded Pipe. 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting, 2.
Hefft, D. I., Antonelli, M., & Alberini, F. (2019). Linking Acoustic Emission signals to 2D-PIV results to monitor fluid flow in pipes. In Flucome (Ed.), 15th International Conference on Fluid Control, Measurements and Visualization (p. 4).
Hefft, D. I., & Higgins, Ṡeamus. (2021). Food industry and engineering—Quo vadis? Journal of Food Process Engineering, 44(8). https://doi.org/10.1111/jfpe.13766
Iqbal Qureshi, A. M., Sofi, M. U., Dar, N. A., Khan, M. H., Mahdi, S. S., Dar, Z. A., Bangroo, S., El-Serehy, H. A., Hefft, D. I., & Popescu, S. M. (2021). Insilco identification and characterization of superoxide dismutase gene family in Brassica rapa. Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences, 28(10), 5526–5537. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sjbs.2021.08.009
Mushtaq, R., Sharma, M. K., Mir, J. I., Mansoor, S., Mushtaq, K., Popescu, S. M., Malik, A. R., El-Serehy, H. A., Hefft, D. I., Bhat, S. A., & Narayan, S. (2021). Physiological Activity, Nutritional Composition, and Gene Expression in Apple (Malus domestica Borkh) Influenced by Different ETc Levels of Irrigation at Distinct Development Stages. Water, 13(22), 3208. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13223208
Nwankwo, W., Adetunji, C. O., Ukhurebor, K. E., Panpatte, D. G., Makinde, A. S., & Hefft, D. I. (2021). Recent Advances in Application of Microbial Enzymes for Biodegradation of Waste and Hazardous Waste Material. In C. O. Adetunji, D. G. Panpatte, & Y. K. Jhala (Eds.), Microbial Rejuvenation of Polluted Environment. Microorganisms for Sustainability (pp. 35–56). Springer Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-7459-7_3
Padder, S. A., Mansoor, S., Bhat, S. A., Baba, T. R., Rather, R. A., Wani, S. M., Popescu, S. M., Sofi, S., Aziz, M. A., Hefft, D. I., Alzahrani, O. M., Noureldeen, A., & Darwish, H. (2021). Bacterial Endophyte Community Dynamics in Apple (Malus domestica Borkh.) Germplasm and Their Evaluation for Scab Management Strategies. Journal of Fungi, 7(11), 923. https://doi.org/10.3390/jof7110923
Saleem, M. H., Wang, X., Ali, S., Zafar, S., Nawaz, M., Adnan, M., Fahad, S., Shah, A., Alyemeni, M. N., Hefft, D. I., & Ali, S. (2021). Interactive effects of gibberellic acid and NPK on morpho-physio-biochemical traits and organic acid exudation pattern in coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) grown in soil artificially spiked with boron. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 167, 884–900. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plaphy.2021.09.015
Sharma, P., Abrol, V., Sharma, V., Chaddha, S., Srinivasa Rao, C., Ganie, A. Q., Ingo Hefft, D., El-Sheikh, M. A., & Mansoor, S. (2021). Effectiveness of biochar and compost on improving soil hydro-physical properties, crop yield and monetary returns in inceptisol subtropics. Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sjbs.2021.09.043
Thapar Kapoor, R., Hefft, D. I., & Ahmad, A. (2021). Nitric oxide and spermidine alleviate arsenic-incited oxidative damage in Cicer arietinum by modulating glyoxalase and antioxidant defense system. Functional Plant Biology. https://doi.org/10.1071/FP21196
Ul Haq, A., Lateef Lone, M., Farooq, S., Parveen, S., Altaf, F., Tahir, I., Hefft, D. I., Ahmad, A., & Ahmad, P. (2021). Nitric oxide effectively orchestrates postharvest flower senescence: a case study of Consolida ajacis. Functional Plant Biology. https://doi.org/10.1071/FP21241
Clorinda completed her BSc (Hons) in Agriculture at Harper Adams University. Clorinda has past experience working on a suckler herd, lambing and calf rearing. Clorindas career has mainly focused on the pig industry, running the dry sows and service department with some trial work into embryo transfer in pigs.
- Reproductive technologies in Pigs.
- Management of sows to improve subsequent reproductive performance.
Clorinda enjoys Fell running, horse riding and hiking
Curriculum Area Manager and Lecturer
Alan has a Diploma in Farm Mechanisation, Cert Ed and L4 Award in Training, and qualifications in Assessment & Quality Assurance. Alan has been teaching FE & HE at Reaseheath for 10 years. Alan has 5 years of agricultural engineering experience, 15 years as the owner & manager of a progressive dairy herd and 8 years as an on-farm nutritional advisor.
Supporter of Newcastle United FC, walking wherever possible and playing bowls for the local bowling team.
Module Leader and Lecturer
Helen has an FdSc Agriculture with Dairy Herd Management from Harper Adams University, BA (Hons) in Leisure & Sport Management from University of Wales, IAGSA Financial Recording for the Farm Business and 2 years’ experience as Youngstock Operations Manager at Harper Adams University. Helen is the Director of a family farming business, with 10 years’ experience in various management & support roles within the industry.
- Dairy Management
- Business Management
David grew up on a family farm in Shropshire, where his family milked 170 Friesian and Holstein cows, and farmed 200 acres of arable crops. The farm was later split up and David specialized in arable and contracting. David studied a BSc (Hons) in Outdoor Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University and then a PGCE in Secondary Geography. After some time teaching in secondary education, David joined Reaseheath in 2017 as a Course Manager and Lecturer delivering agriculture in both the Academy of Land and Environment and University Centre Reaseheath.
Alongside work, David studies part-time for an MA in Educational Leadership with University of Chester and enjoys playing rugby for Shrewsbury third XV.