Staff Profile:Professor Richard Ellis

Name:
Professor Richard Ellis
Job Title:
Professor
Responsibilities:
  • As Professor of Crop Production, teaching and research in seed and crop physiology and production in relation to agriculture, horticulture and biodiversity conservation
  • As Dean, the work of the Faculty of Life Sciences and the Faculty of Science
  • As Director of Health Partnerships, University collaborations with NHS Trusts, CCGs, HEE, PHE, Health and Wellbeing Boards, and health and life science companies
Areas of Interest:

In the broadest sense, my research covers reproductive crop plant biology and the effect of environment on seeds, plants and crops. Research on seeds includes seed quality development, seed storage (including the seed viability equation), seed dormancy and germination (including seed testing and crop establishment), and these interests in anhydrous biology extend to related aspects in fungal spores and pollen. The application of much of the seed research has been within the international networks of gene-banks; i.e. long-term seed stores for plant genetic resources conservation (one element of biodiversity conservation). This seed science and biodiversity conservation research covers the full range of flowering plants, agricultural and horticultural crops, forest species (trees and shrubs), and wild species. Research on flowering has been concerned ultimately with crop adaptation, by determining the quantitative effects of temperature and photoperiod on flowering (and hence whether or not grain and seed production will be successful). Climate change impacts research has been concerned with the possibility of interactions between the effects of increased CO2 and temperature and the effect of climate variability (i.e. extreme events at vulnerable stages of crop development) on crop production and crop quality, including the effects of environment and agronomy on grain and especially seed quality development from successful (or not) seed set onwards.

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Qualifications:
BSc; PhD; FSB
Professor Richard Ellis

Contact Details

Email:
r.h.ellis@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 8488

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