Prof Chris Pollock MA; PhD;

Prof Chris Pollock

Emeritus Professor

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Chris Pollock is a plant physiologist and was Director of the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research in Aberystwyth from 1993-2007. More recently, Chris has been involved nationally in agriculture and land use. He chaired the Scientific Steering Committee for the farm-scale evaluations of GM crops, the Defra Research Priorities Group for Sustainable Farming and Food and the Agriculture, Food and Veterinary Science panel for the 2008 RAE He has recently completed a one-year post as Chief Scientific Advisor to the First Minister in Wales and ended his ten-year term as chair of the Advisory Committee on Releases into the Environment. He is currently an Emeritus Professor at Aberystwyth University. Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies, the Society of Biology and the Learned Society of Wales, a past winner of the British Grassland Society Award, an Honorary Doctor of the University of Birmingham and was made a CBE in 2002 for services to the environment.

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Responsibilities

Retired Staff; still active in teaching and consultancy.

Teaching

Tutor
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Lecturer

Sustainable farming systems, crop biotechnology, risk-based regulation.

Publications

2016

Pollock, C. 2016. Sustainable farming: Chasing a mirage? Food and Energy Security 5 (4) pp. 205-209. 10.1002/fes3.88 Cadair

Pollock, C. 2016. How Should Risk-Based Regulation Reflect Current Public Opinion? Trends in Biotechnology 34 (8) pp. 604-605. 10.1016/j.tibtech.2016.05.002 Cadair

2014

Pollock, C., Hails, R. 2014. The case for reforming the EU regulatory system for GMOs. Trends in Biotechnology 32 (2) pp. 63-64. 10.1016/j.tibtech.2013.10.007 Cadair

2011

Pollock, C. 2011. Climate science: Agricultural greenhouse gases. Nature Geoscience 4 (5) pp. 277-278. 10.1038/ngeo1145 Cadair

2008

Pollock, C., Pretty, J., Crute, I., Leaver, C., Dalton, H. 2008. Introduction: Sustainable Agriculture II. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 363 (1492) pp. 683-684. 10.1098/rstb.2007.2194 Cadair

Pollock, C., Pretty, J., Crute, I., Leaver, C., Dalton, H. 2008. Introduction: Sustainable agriculture. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 363 (1491) pp. 445-446. 10.1098/rstb.2007.2193 Cadair

2007

Pretty, J., Pollock, C. 2007. Pastures new may destroy the planet. New Scientist (2600) Cadair Other

2005

Humphreys, M.O., Pollock, C., Abberton, M.T.McGilloway, D.A. 2005. Grass and forage improvement: temperate forages. Cadair Other

Pollock, C.Humphreys, M.O. 2005. Shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted? Risk assessment and regulation for transgenic forages. Cadair Other

Davies, D.A., Jones, R., Humphreys, M.O., Pollock, C. 2005. RWAS Centenary Lecture - IGER. The legacy of Stapledon. The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Journal 79 pp. 77-88. Cadair

Pollock, C., Humphreys, M.O., Morris, P., Abberton, M.T., Humphreys, M.W. 2005. Biotechnological approaches to temperate forage improvement. In S. Reynolds. (ed) Grassland Future Perspectives. Food and Agriculture Organization pp. 281-302. Cadair Other

2004

Cairns, A.J., Pollock, C., Gallagher, J. 2004. Cloning and characterization of a putative fructosyltransferase and two putative invertase genes from the temperate grass Lolium temulentum L. Journal of Experimental Botany 55 (397) pp. 557-569. 10.1093/jxb/erh056 Other Cadair

2003

Pollock, C., Farrar, J.F., Tomos, D., Gallagher, J., Lu, C., Koroleva, O.A. 2003. Balancing supply and demand: the spatial regulation of carbon metabolism in grass and cereal leaves. Journal of Experimental Botany pp. 489-494. 10.1093/jxb/erg037 Cadair

Kochhar, A., ap Rees, T., Pollock, C. 2003. Assimilate partitioning in leaves of the raffinose-storing herb Lamium album L.: the effects of altering source-sink balance. Brazilian Journal of Botany 26 (4) pp. 533-540. 10.1590/S0100-84042003000400012 Cadair Other

Pollock, C. 2003. Plant-based approaches to sustainable land development. Cadair Other

Kochhar, A., ap Rees, T., Pollock, C. 2003. Assimilate partitioning in leaves of the raffinose-storing herb Lamium album L.: photosynthesis and carbon partitioning throughout the photoperiod. Brazilian Journal of Botany 26 (4) pp. 525-531. 10.1590/S0100-84042003000400011 Cadair Other

2002

Farrar, J.F., Pollock, C., Lu, C., Koroleva, O.A., Tomos, A.D., Gallagher, J. 2002. Rubisco small subunit, chlorophyll a/b-binding protein and sucrose : fructan-6-fructosyl transferase gene expression and sugar status in single barley leaf cells in situ. Cell type specificity and induction by light. Plant Physiology pp. 1335-1348. 10.1104/pp.008979 Other Cadair

Pollock, C., Farrar, J.F., Koroleva, O.A., Tomos, A.D. 2002. Changes in osmotic and turgor pressure in response to sugar accumulation in barley source leaves. Planta pp. 210-219. 10.1007/s00425-002-0744-2 Cadair

Pollock, C., Cairns, A.J., Humphreys, M.O., Turner, L.B. 2002. Carbon assimilation and partitioning into non-structural carbohydrate in contrasting varieties of Lolium perenne. Journal of Plant Physiology Biochemie und Physiologie der Pflanzen Zeitschrift für Pflanzenphysiologie 159 (3) pp. 257-263. 10.1078/0176-1617-00656 Cadair

Turner, L.B., Armstead, I.P., Cairns, A.J., Humphreys, M.O., Pollock, C. 2002. Selecting for increased starch content in the vegetative tissues of Lolium perenne. Cadair Other

2001

Pollock, C., Turner, L.B., Cairns, A.J., Humphreys, M.O. 2001. Comparison of growth and carbohydrate accumulation in seedlings of two varieties of Lolium perenne. Journal of Plant Physiology Biochemie und Physiologie der Pflanzen Zeitschrift für Pflanzenphysiologie 158 (7) pp. 891-897. 10.1078/0176-1617-00320 Cadair

Pollock, C., Koroleva, O.A., Farrar, J.F., Tomos, A.D., Gallagher, J. 2001. Single cell analysis technique for comparison of specific mRNA abundance in plant cells. Journal of Plant Physiology Biochemie und Physiologie der Pflanzen Zeitschrift für Pflanzenphysiologie 158 (8) pp. 1089-1092. 10.1078/0176-1617-00285 Cadair

Farrar, J.F., Koroleva, O.A., Pollock, C., Tomos, A.D., Gallagher, J. 2001. Carbon allocation and sugar status in individual cells of barley leaves affects expression of sucrose:fructan 6-fructosyltransferase gene. Annals of Applied Biology pp. 27-32. 10.1111/j.1744-7348.2001.tb00082.x Cadair

Cairns, A.J., Pollock, C., Humphreys, M.O., Armstead, I.P., Turner, L.B. 2001. A physiological and biochemical analysis of the genetic basis of soluble carbohydrate storage in temperate grasses. Abstracts Society for Experimental Biology Annual Meeting. pp. 2-6. Cadair

2000

Farrar, J., Pollock, C., Gallagher, J. 2000. Sucrose and the integration of metabolism in vascular plants. Plant Science 154 (1) pp. 1-11. 10.1016/S0168-9452(99)00260-5 Cadair

Pollock, C., Farrar, J.F., Koroleva, O.A., Gallagher, J., Tomos, A.D. 2000. Intracellular and intercellular compartmentalisation of carbohydrate metabolism in leaves of temperate gramineae. Brazilian Journal of Botany 23 (4) 10.1590/S0100-84042000000400001 Cadair

1999

Kingston-Smith, A., Walker, R.P., Pollock, C. 1999. Invertase in leaves: conundrum or control point? Journal of Experimental Botany 50 (335) pp. 735-743. 10.1093/jxb/50.335.735 Cadair

1998

Kingston-Smith, A., Galtier, N., Pollock, C., Foyer, C.H. 1998. Soluble acid invertase activity in leaves is independent of species differences in leaf carbohydrates, diurnal sugar profiles and paths of phloem loading. New Phytologist 132 (2) pp. 283-292. 10.1046/j.1469-8137.1998.00198.x Cadair

Gallagher, J., Pollock, C. 1998. Isolation and characterization of a cDNA clone from Lolium temulentum L. encoding for a sucrose hydrolytic enzyme which shows alkaline/neutral invertase activity. Journal of Experimental Botany 49 (322) pp. 789-795. 10.1093/jxb/49.322.789 Cadair

1997

Gallagher, J.A., Volenec, J.J., Turner, L., Pollock, C. 1997. Starch Hydrolytic Enzyme Activities Following Defoliation of White Clover. Crop Science 37 (6) pp. 1812-1818. 10.2135/cropsci1997.0011183X003700060025x Cadair

Cairns, A.J., Bonnett, G.D., Gallagher, J., Simpson, R.J., Pollock, C. 1997. Fructan biosynthesis in excised leaves of Lolium temulentum L. VII. Sucrose and fructan hydrolysis by a fructan-polymerizing enzyme preparation. New Phytologist 136 (1) pp. 61-72. 10.1111/j.1469-8137.1997.tb04731.x Cadair

Harrison, J., Gallagher, J., Pollock, C. 1997. A simple and rapid method for the analysis of water soluble carbohydrates from small segments of cereal leaf tissue. Journal of Plant Physiology Biochemie und Physiologie der Pflanzen Zeitschrift für Pflanzenphysiologie 151 (6) pp. 654-659. 10.1016/S0176-1617(97)80061-2 Cadair

1996

Kingston-Smith, A.H., Pollock, C. 1996. Tissue level localization of acid invertase in leaves: an hypothesis for the regulation of carbon export. New Phytologist 134 (3) pp. 423-432. 10.1111/j.1469-8137.1996.tb04359.x Cadair

1995

Winters, A.L., Gallagher, J., Pollock, C.J., Parrar, J.F. 1995. Isolation of a gene expressed during sucrose accumulation in leaves of Lolium temulentum L. Journal of Experimental Botany 46 (Special Issue) pp. 1345-1350. 10.1093/jxb/46.special_issue.1345 Cadair

1994

Winters, A.L., Williams, J.H.H., Thomas, D.S., Pollock, C. 1994. Changes in gene‐expression in response to sucrose accumulation in leaf tissue of Lolium temulentum L. New Phytologist 128 (4) pp. 591-600. Cadair

Cavan, G.P., Howarth, C., Skot, L., Pollock, C., Hash, C., Weltzien Rattunde, E., Bidinger, F.R. 1994. RFLP and QTL analysis of seedling thermotolerance in contrasting genotypes of pearl millet. In J. R. Witcombe., D. A. Wright. (eds) ODA Plant Series Research Compendium 1993. pp. 39-40. Cadair

Howarth, C., Cavan, G.P., Stevens, M.J., Pollock, C., Weltzien Rattunde, E., Bidinger, F.R., Hash, C. 1994. Physiological and biochemical assessment of seedling thermotolerance in pearl millet. In J. R. Witcombe., D. A. Wright. (eds) ODA Plant Series Research Compendium 1993. pp. 41-43. Cadair

1993

Pollock, C., Eagles, C.F., Howarth, C., Schunmann, P.H.D., Stoddart, J.L. 1993. Temperature Stress. In L. Fowden., T. Mansfield., J. Stoddart. (eds) Plant Adaptation to Environmental Stress. Springer Nature pp. 109-132. Cadair

1987

Hale, A.D., Pollock, C., Dalton, S. 1987. Polysaccharide production in liquid cell suspension culture of Phleum pratense L. Plant Cell Reports. Plant Cell Reports 6 (6) pp. 435-438. 10.1007/BF00272776 Cadair