Elaine Farrow

Support Specialist Research Assistant

Elaine’s specialism is Chemistry and much of her job involves digesting samples of wheat flour and peas in a highly corrosive, concentrated acid mixture to enable important nutritional elements, such as iron, zinc and calcium, to be measured by ICP-OES.

It is not as easy as it sounds. She is screening hundreds of varieties of both wheat and peas from collections at the John Innes Centre to provide reference material for future research into food with high concentrations of bio-available nutrients.