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About Sutton Bridge CSR

People and facilities

30 June 2015

AHDB Potatoes
Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research
East Bank
Sutton Bridge
Spalding
Lincolnshire
PE12 9YD
UK

Telephone: +44 (0) 1406 351444
Facsimile: +44 (0) 1406 351125
E-mail: sbcsr@ahdb.org.uk

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Advisory information:

AHDB Potatoes Storage Advice Line: call free on 0800 02 82 111

  • Advice on managing your stores more efficiently

  • Talk to researchers and benefit from the latest AHDB Potatoes R&D

  • Get the latest advice from our experts on your storage issue

Although every effort is made to answer the advice line personally, it is occasionally necessary to use an answer phone. Please leave contact details and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

For non-0800 compatible phones, call SBCSR on 01406 351444. This is not a freephone number.

Store management including StoreCheck

Processing and sprout suppression

Pathology

Research & Development trials

 

Facilities

Stores

Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research has unique facilities within the UK for research using controlled environment (CE) storage. The Unit's primary resource is a suite of 42 CE storage rooms across four capacities, some with controlled atmosphere (CA) capability.

Controlled environment and controlled atmosphere storage

  • 24 tonne bulk/16 tonne box CE rooms
    Our six newly-built 24 tonne bulk or 16 tonne box stores are housed in a new building. These can be configured to operate on refrigeration or ambient air cooling with overhead throw, suction or letterbox ventilation and virtually any commercial storage configuration can be simulated under controlled scientific conditions. The stores feature inverter-controlled fans and pump systems for optimal efficiency and are capable of storage at sub-zero temperatures. This facility was built with RDPE support*.

  • 12-tonne CE rooms
    SBCSR has twelve stores of this capacity which can be configured to operate on refrigeration or ambient air cooling with overhead or letterbox style ventilation. A wide range of commercial storage conditions can be simulated for research purposes.

  • 6-tonne CE rooms
    10 rooms are capable of holding up to six standard size one-tonne pallet boxes or up to 300 10kg capacity trays on racks. Refrigeration is used for temperature control.

  • 3-tonne CE rooms
    14 rooms each equipped with continuous refrigeration and recirculation. Each room holds up to 300 10kg trays providing ample capacity for replicated small-scale storage trials.

  • Controlled atmosphere cabinets and incubators
    These small-scale cabinets are capable of maintaining modified oxygen, carbon dioxide and other atmospheric component conditions within the fully controlled temperature regimes of the CE rooms. The sixteen cabinets allow detailed investigations to be undertaken using a wide range of atmospheric conditions.

*The capital development at SBCSR in 2010 was part-funded by an RDPE grant within a programme supported by Defra and the European Union.