John S. Swanston

The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom


User Biography : Dr J. Stuart Swanston J Stuart Swanston The James Hutton Institute, Dundee, UK Stuart Swanston was born in Edinburgh in 1950 and graduated with a BSc from Edinburgh University in 1971. He began a career in agricultural research at the former Scottish Plant Breeding Station, including ten years in the spring barley breeding team. Amalgamation of SPBS into the Scottish Crop Research Institute brought him to Dundee in 1985, as manager of the malting laboratory and with a research programme in cereal quality. He was awarded his PhD, from Heriot-Watt University, in 1994. His interests are primarily in genetic and environmental effects on processing quality in cereals and he has collaborated extensively with a Spanish group, investigating the effects of widely diverse environments on grain filling and malting quality in barley. He also has interests in soft wheat for both grain distilling and fuel ethanol and in investigating the use of varietal mixtures to increase stability, across environments, in both yield and quality. He has given invited presentations at workshops on low-input cereal cultivation, within an EU COST Action and, in the UK, was a co-investigator in a major project to facilitate the breeding and growing of wheat with reduced N requirement and higher ethanol yield. Following a further amalgamation in 2011, he is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the James Hutton Institute.

Biography Updated on 13 September 2011

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