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Mr Michael Cotton 

Laboratory Technician supporting Horticulture

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As the horticultural technician Mike primarily supports the Biological Sciences Plant Growth Facility, made up of 9 Controlled Environment Rooms (CER’s) and the experimental glasshouses as well as the experimental plots at Chilworth research park.

Mike provides day to day care for the plant collections housed in the facility, pest management, one on one advice and training for staff and students in basic horticulture and preventative maintenance and servicing for the facility equipment.

My job can be challenging when fighting off pests and diseases but also rewarding when helping researchers and fellow technicians.

Career History

2008-present: Laboratory Technician (Horticulture). University of Southampton, UK.
1994-2008: Gardener. University of Southampton Botanical Gardens, Experimental Glasshouses and Plots.
1993-1994: Gardener/Tree Surgeon. Hillier’s Arboretum, Romsey, UK.

Academic qualifications

2014: PA1 Award in the Safe Use of pesticides (refresher).
2014: Pesticide Handheld application PA6 (refresher).
1998: National Proficiency Test Council Certificate of Competence for Pesticides.
1993: National Certificate in Arboriculture. Sparsholt College, Winchester, UK.
1992: National certificate in Horticulture (Garden landscaping). Sparsholt College, Winchester, UK.

Research interests

Mike particularly enjoys growing the different varieties of ornamental plants used for undergraduate teaching and assisting in some of the day to day horticultural tasks such as harvesting seeds.

Research group

Research Facilities

Member of the CEUG (Controlled Environment User Group) and is an active participant in HEaTED (Higher Education and Technicians Education & Development) networking events.
Qualified First Aider for the Institute of Life Sciences.

Mr Michael Cotton
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 85/5081

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