Professor Ian Crute
                             Rothamsted Research
                       Harpenden Hertfordshire AL3 5HY

                              Professor Ian Crute is 59 and has been Director of
                              Rothamsted Research (RRes) since 1999. Ian obtained
                              at First Class Honours degree in botany and a PhD in
                              plant pathology from the University of Newcastle upon
                              Tyne. From 1973 to 1986 he was a research group
                              leader in plant pathology at what is now Warwick-HRI
                              (formerly Horticulture Research International -
                              Wellesbourne). In 1986 he obtained a Fulbright
                              Fellowship and went to the University of Wisconsin in
                              Madison, USA and on returning to England in 1987 he
moved to HRI East Malling (now East Malling Research) as Head of the Crop and
Environment Protection Department where his responsibilities included plant
pathology and entomology research on perennial crops. He moved back to HRI at
Warwick in 1993 and after 2 years as Head of Plant Pathology (with responsibilities
across six geographically dispersed HRI sites), he became Director at Wellesbourne
with overall responsibility for the research direction at the site until his move to
Rothamsted. Ian’s scientific contributions are recorded in over 160 publications; he
was awarded the Research Medal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England in
1992 and the British Crop Production Council Medal in 2006. He was elected
President of the British Society for Plant Pathology in 1995, holds a Visiting
Professorship in the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford, is
Chairman of the Sainsbury Laboratory Council (at the John Innes Centre) and a
member of the Council of the Biosciences Federation. In the recent past he has also
served as Chairman of the Plant and Microbial Sciences Committee of BBSRC and as
a member of BBSRC Strategy Board. Ian is currently working as a member of the
Royal Society working group on “Biological methods of enhancing food-crop
production” as well as the Lead Expert Group for the UK Foresight project on “Food
and Farming Futures”.

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