Russell Review Paper: Are plant roots only “in” soil or are they “of” it? Roots, soil formation and function
Peter is Emeritus Professor of Global Food Security at the University of Reading. He is a soil scientist by profession with over 40 years of experience of research and leading programmes related to food security especially crop production in the UK and internationally. He chaired the international research programme Global Environmental Change and Food Systems, directed research related to Scotland’s Food and Drink Strategy, and has recently chaired grant committees for the UKRI programme to Transform the UK’s Food System.
His ongoing academic and consultancy work includes chairing the Board of Crops For the Future UK – a company that promotes international research into the increased use of currently underutilised crops in food systems. He is engaged with the UK agriculture, horticulture and food industries via his chairmanship of the Recommended List Board for the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, membership of the Science Council of the Food Standards Agency and Science Committee of the Royal Horticultural Society, and an Honorary Fellowship of the National Institute of Agricultural Botany. His international work includes being deputy chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of ZALF in Germany and a reviewer of the SusCrop programme of research for the EU FACCE Joint Programme Initiative.
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