Association of Applied Biologists
AAB - President
Food Systems
The Food Systems Group was formed at the 2008 AGM


A message from the Group Convenor:

The application of biology is at the very heart of innovation in food production, manufacture and consumption. We aim to provide a focus for debate and reporting that links technologies and knowledge from biology to all aspects of the food system. This will include production of food, manufacturing technologies and consumer science. Food and beverage science will be an important part of developing the future food system.


Recent global events have shown us the fine balance between food supply and demand within the food system. Applied biology has a significant role to play in alleviating food poverty, poor nutrition and improving our understanding of food supply.  


The group will thrive on new ideas for conferences or other activities and we welcome these from you. We will be developing a vibrant programme of conferences and I look forward to meeting you at one of these soon.  


Richard Binks

Richard is based in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire and is the managing director of FreshTec Agricultural Consultancy Ltd, 49a Stokes Drive, Godmanchester, HUNTINGDON, Cambridgeshire, PE29 2UW

Richard entered the world of commercial farming at 16, gaining valuable ‘grassroots’ knowledge of arable farming and an insight into the technical issues faced by farmers while working at an agricultural testing laboratory near Leeds.

  At 21, Richard moved into academia, studying applied biology and crop protection before earning a PhD in Tropical Agriculture from Reading University.

  His working career includes spells at ADAS, Mack Multiples (with two years living in Southern Spain and working in the Spanish vegetable and salad industry), Bedfordshire Growers and the Greenery.  During this time, he gained experience in every sector of the food chain from farming to retail.

  Throughout his career, Richard has played an active role in industry applied research projects as well getting involved with applied grower groups.  This continues today through his involvement with the Fresh Produce Consortium and the Vegetable Consultancy Association.


Group Members:
Richard Glass
Richard Glass gained his first degree in Biology at Manchester University, with post graduate studies in Crop protection and Analytical Chemistry. Over 25 years experience with crop protection related research in Europe and Latin America. Specialist areas are pesticide application and safety, occupational and bystander/resident exposure, biopesticide delivery and sustainable production Fluent in Spanish, having worked with coffee leaf rust control in Colombia and extensively with intensive horticulture in Spain.
Elizabeth Stockdale
I have been involved in a wide range of research projects connected with the study of nutrient cycling in soils and with the environmetnal impact of farming systems. At the smallest scale I have used isotope dilution techniques to investigate mineralisation, immobilisation and nitrification processes. The understanding gained has been used to develop modelling approaches to predict soil nutrient cycling at soil, field and farm scale and to guide fertiliser recommendation systems. I have also maintained a strong link to organic farming and carried out some research into nutrient cycling (N, P, K) in organic farming systems
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