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Research Committee B

Plants, microbes, food and sustainability

For research topics covered by each Research Committee and to apply for funding visit our Responsive mode research grants and How to apply pages (see related links).

Core members

Professor John Crawford (Chair) - Rothamsted Research
Professor Mike Shaw (Deputy Chair) - University of Reading
Professor Mark Banfield (Deputy Chair) - John Innes Centre

Professor Mark Banfield - John Innes Centre
Dr Alison Bentley - National Institute of Agricultural Botany
Professor Deirdre Devine - University of Leeds
Dr Antony Dodd - University of Bristol
Professor Rob Field - John Innes Centre
Dr Nicola Holden - The James Hutton Institute
Dr Matthew Hutchings - University of East Anglia
Dr Giles Nicholas Johnson - The University of Manchester
Dr Tracy Lawson - University of Essex
Professor Petra Oyston - Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
Dr Gail Preston - University of Oxford
Professor Gordon Grant Simpson - University of Dundee & James Hutton Institute
Dr Leif Skot - Aberystwyth University
Professor Liz Sockett - The University of Nottingham
Dr Pietro Spanu - Imperial College London
Dr Gavin Hugh Thomas - University of York
Dr Andrew John Thompson - Cranfield University
Professor Zoe Wilson - The University of Nottingham

For a list of members who attended the last three meetings visit our Recent grant awards page (see related links).

Meeting dates


  • 12-13 February


  • 13-14 February
  • 23-24 May
  • 19-20 September


  • 7-8 February
  • 16-17 May
  • 19-20 September


  • 2-3 February
  • 11-12 May
  • 22-23 September


  • 18-19 February
  • 21-22 May
  • 16-17 September