Prof. Peter Gregory

RESEARCH DIRECTOR
peter.gregory@cffresearch.org
Prof. Peter Gregory is Emeritus Professor of Global Food Security at the University of Reading having previously been Professor of Soil Science at the same university.  His role in CFF is to maintain oversight of the research activities of all research staff and to encourage research innovation.

He was Chief Executive of the Scottish Crop Research Institute from 2005 to 2011 and then of East Malling Research from 2011 to 2015. He is presently occupied in various consultancy roles and engaged with the UK agriculture and horticulture industries via his chairmanship of the Recommended List Board for the AHDB and the Science Committee of the Royal Horticultural Society. He also chairs the Advisory Committee for Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP) for the Food Standards Agency. Prof. Gregory is also the President of the International Society of Root Research. 
 
Recent publications:
 
1. Gregory, P.J., Atkinson, C.J., Bengough, A.G., Else, M.A., Fernández-Fernández, F., Harrison, R.J. and Schmidt, S. (2013). Contributions of roots and rootstocks to sustainable, intensified crop production. Journal of Experimental Botany 64, 1209-1222. doi:10.1093/jxb/ers385.
 
2. White, P.J., George, T.S., Gregory, P.J., Bengough, A.G., Hallett, P.D. and McKenzie, B.M. (2013). Matching roots to their environment. Annals of Botany 112, 207-222. doi: 10.1093/aob/mct123.
 
3. Gregory, P.J., Bishop, G.J., Fountain, M.T., Harrison, R.J. and Saville, R.J. (2013). One hundred years of research at East Malling: science into practice for perennial fruit crops. Annals of Applied Biology 163, 1-11. doi:10.1111/aab.12042.
 
4. Schmidt, S., Gregory, P.J., Grinev, D.V. and Bengough, A.G. (2013). Root elongation rate is correlated with the length of the bare root apex of maize and lupin roots despite contrasting responses of root growth to compact and dry soils. Plant and Soil 372, 609-618. doi: 10.1007/s11104-013-1766-1. 
 
5. Wishart, J., George, T.S., Lawrie, L.K., White, P.J., Ramsay, G., Jones, H. and Gregory, P.J. (2014). Field phenotyping of potato to assess root and shoot characteristics associated with drought tolerance. Plant and Soil 378, 351-363. doi: 10.1007/s11104-014-2029-5.
 
6. Oliver, M.A. and Gregory, P.J. (2015). Soil, food security and human health: a review. European Journal of Soil Research 66, 257-276. doi: 10.1111/ejss.12216.
 
7. Hendriks, P.W., Kirkegaard, J.A., Lilley, J.M., Gregory, P.J. and Rebetzke, G.J. (2016). A tillering inhibition gene influences root-shoot carbon partitioning and pattern of water use to improve wheat productivity in rainfed environments. Journal of Experimental Botany 67, 327-340. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erv457. 
 
8. Harrison, N., Harrison, R.J., Barber-Perez, N., Cascant-Lopez, E., Cobo-Medena, M., Lipska, M., Condo-Ruiz, R., Brain, P., Gregory, P.J. and Fernández-Fernández, F. (2016). A new three-locus model for rootstock-induced dwarfing in apple revealed by genetic mapping of root bark percentage. Journal of Experimental Botany 67, 1871-1881. 10.1093/jxb/erw001.