About Us

Dr Terry McBurney is an expert in development, manufacture and use of electronic sensors for measurement of soil and plant water status. He gained an international reputation for plant water research at Horticulture Research International (now part of Warwick University) through a PhD and a record of published original papers that have been cited in over 400 other works. Following two years working in a development context in Papua New Guinea and gaining a post-graduate diploma in agricultural economics from the University of London he returned to serve as a farm consultant and research project manager with  a leading UK  land-based consultancy. In this role he  provided vegetable production consultancy for the West Midlands and led numerous multidisciplinary projects, notably on development of a microfabricated dewpoint sensor, an infra-red thermometry method for irrigation scheduling, disease forecasting in salad  onion crops and a major study of the effects of growth environments on strawberry fruit flavour. After leaving to conduct research on his own behalf to develop a novel soil moisture sensor,  which won the prestigious Lord Stafford award for development and innovation, he incorporated the company McBurney Scientific Limited to continue development  with several funded project including four substantial EU collaborations. Dr McBurney formed McBurney consulting to commercialise these developments along  with associates  providing  software and hardware systems which are at the forefront of an emerging market for integrating wireless technology. He has also extended his own research into Buildings Integrated Vegetation (BIV) with an associate enterprise www.vertical-greening.co.uk with interests in all aspects of green walls and green roofs in the urban environment.