Philip J. White

The James Hutton Institute, Dundee DD2 5DAThe James Hutton Institute, Dundee DD2 5DA, United Kingdom


Professor Philip J. White leads the Environment Plant Interactions Programme at the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI). He graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Biochemistry in 1983 and was awarded a PhD in Natural Sciences (Botany) from the University of Manchester in 1987. He has worked at the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge and, from 1992 to 2006, was employed by Horticulture Research International. He is a Special Professor in Plant Ion Transport at the University of Nottingham, and a Visiting Associate Professor at the Comenius University, Bratislava. He is Convenor of the Plant Transport Group of the Society of Experimental Biology and a member of the International Council on Plant Nutrition. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of several periodicals, and has edited five Special Issues of Journal of Experimental Botany and books on Plant Nutritional Genomics (Blackwells, 2005) and The Ecophysiology of Plant-Phosphorus Interactions (Springer, 2008). His research on plant mineral nutrition has three broad aims. The first aim is to optimise the use of mineral fertilisers in crop production and, thereby, reduce fertiliser inputs and pollution. In recent years, this work has focused on improving the phosphorus (P) nutrition of horticultural crops and has included the development of molecular diagnostics for P-starvation, the identification of P-efficient varieties, and the trialling of sustainable P-fertilisers. The second aim is to reduce the entry of toxic elements into the food chain. This work has focused on identifying the molecular mechanisms by which radioisotopes and toxic elements accumulate in plants, and developing strategies to reduce their concentrations in edible tissues. The third aim is to improve the nutritional quality of crops through their biofortification with essential nutrients such as selenium, calcium, zinc and iron. This work has included the development of commercial products and intervention studies.

Biography Updated on 4 February 2009

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