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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Retired Staff; still active in teaching and consultancy.

Teaching

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

Publications

Sustainable farming: Chasing a mirage?Pollock, C. 2016 In : Food and Energy Security.5, 4, p. 205-209
How Should Risk-Based Regulation Reflect Current Public Opinion?Pollock, C. 2016 In : Trends in Biotechnology.34, 8, p. 604-6051 p.
The case for reforming the EU regulatory system for GMOsPollock, C. & Hails, R. 2014 In : Trends in Biotechnology.32, 2, p. 63-64
Climate science: Agricultural greenhouse gasesPollock, C. 2011 In : Nature Geoscience.4, 5, p. 277-2782 p.
Introduction: Sustainable Agriculture IIPollock, C., Pretty, J., Crute, I., Leaver, C. & Dalton, H. 2008 In : Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.363, 1492, p. 683-6842 p.
Introduction: Sustainable agriculturePollock, C., Pretty, J., Crute, I., Leaver, C. & Dalton, H. 2008 In : Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.363, 1491, p. 445-4462 p.
Pastures new may destroy the planetPretty, J. & Pollock, C. 2007 In : New Scientist.2600
Grass and forage improvement: temperate foragesHumphreys, M. O., Pollock, C., Abberton, M. T. & McGilloway, D. A. (ed.) 2005 p. 57-6812 p.
Shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted? Risk assessment and regulation for transgenic foragesPollock, C. & Humphreys, M. O. (ed.) 2005
RWAS Centenary Lecture - IGER. The legacy of StapledonDavies, D. A., Jones, R., Humphreys, M. O. & Pollock, C. 2005 In : The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Journal.79, p. 77-8812 p.
Biotechnological approaches to temperate forage improvementPollock, C., Humphreys, M. O., Morris, P., Abberton, M. T. & Humphreys, M. W. 2005 Grassland Future Perspectives. Reynolds, S. (ed.). Food and Agriculture Organization, p. 281-30222 p.
Cloning and characterization of a putative fructosyltransferase and two putative invertase genes from the temperate grass Lolium temulentum L.Cairns, A. J., Pollock, C. & Gallagher, J. 2004 In : Journal of Experimental Botany.55, 397, p. 557-56913 p.
Balancing supply and demand: the spatial regulation of carbon metabolism in grass and cereal leavesPollock, C., Farrar, J. F., Tomos, D., Gallagher, J., Lu, C. & Koroleva, O. A. 2003 In : Journal of Experimental Botany.p. 489-4946 p.
Assimilate partitioning in leaves of the raffinose-storing herb Lamium album L.: the effects of altering source-sink balanceKochhar, A., ap Rees, T. & Pollock, C. 2003 In : Brazilian Journal of Botany.26, 4, p. 533-5408 p.
Plant-based approaches to sustainable land developmentPollock, C. 2003
Assimilate partitioning in leaves of the raffinose-storing herb Lamium album L.: photosynthesis and carbon partitioning throughout the photoperiodKochhar, A., ap Rees, T. & Pollock, C. 2003 In : Brazilian Journal of Botany.26, 4, p. 525-5317 p.
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 lightFarrar, J. F., Pollock, C., Lu, C., Koroleva, O. A., Tomos, A. D. & Gallagher, J. 2002 In : Plant Physiology.p. 1335-134814 p.
Changes in osmotic and turgor pressure in response to sugar accumulation in barley source leavesPollock, C., Farrar, J. F., Koroleva, O. A. & Tomos, A. D. 2002 In : Planta.p. 210-21910 p.
Carbon assimilation and partitioning into non-structural carbohydrate in contrasting varieties of Lolium perennePollock, C., Cairns, A. J., Humphreys, M. O. & Turner, L. B. 2002 In : Journal of Plant Physiology.159, 3, p. 257-2637 p.
Selecting for increased starch content in the vegetative tissues of Lolium perenneTurner, L. B., Armstead, I. P., Cairns, A. J., Humphreys, M. O. & Pollock, C. 2002
Comparison of growth and carbohydrate accumulation in seedlings of two varieties of Lolium perennePollock, C., Turner, L. B., Cairns, A. J. & Humphreys, M. O. 2001 In : Journal of Plant Physiology.158, 7, p. 891-8977 p.
Single cell analysis technique for comparison of specific mRNA abundance in plant cellsPollock, C., Koroleva, O. A., Farrar, J. F., Tomos, A. D. & Gallagher, J. 2001 In : Journal of Plant Physiology.158, 8, p. 1089-10924 p.
Carbon allocation and sugar status in individual cells of barley leaves affects expression of sucrose:fructan 6-fructosyltransferase geneFarrar, J. F., Koroleva, O. A., Pollock, C., Tomos, A. D. & Gallagher, J. 2001 In : Annals of Applied Biology.p. 27-326 p.
A physiological and biochemical analysis of the genetic basis of soluble carbohydrate storage in temperate grassesCairns, A. J., Pollock, C., Humphreys, M. O., Armstead, I. P. & Turner, L. B. 2001 Abstracts Society for Experimental Biology Annual Meeting.p. 2-65 p.
Sucrose and the integration of metabolism in vascular plantsFarrar, J., Pollock, C. & Gallagher, J. 2000 In : Plant Science.154, 1, p. 1-1111 p.
Intracellular and intercellular compartmentalisation of carbohydrate metabolism in leaves of temperate gramineaePollock, C., Farrar, J. F., Koroleva, O. A., Gallagher, J. & Tomos, A. D. 2000 In : Brazilian Journal of Botany.23, 4
Invertase in leaves: conundrum or control point?Kingston-Smith, A., Walker, R. P. & Pollock, C. 1999 In : Journal of Experimental Botany.50, 335, p. 735-743
Soluble acid invertase activity in leaves is independent of species differences in leaf carbohydrates, diurnal sugar profiles and paths of phloem loadingKingston-Smith, A., Galtier, N., Pollock, C. & Foyer, C. H. 1998 In : New Phytologist.132, 2, p. 283-292
Isolation and characterization of a cDNA clone from Lolium temulentum L. encoding for a sucrose hydrolytic enzyme which shows alkaline/neutral invertase activityGallagher, J. & Pollock, C. 1998 In : Journal of Experimental Botany.49, 322, p. 789-795
Starch Hydrolytic Enzyme Activities Following Defoliation of White CloverGallagher, J. A., Volenec, J. J., Turner, L. & Pollock, C. 1997 In : Crop Science.37, 6, p. 1812-1818
Fructan biosynthesis in excised leaves of Lolium temulentum L. VII. Sucrose and fructan hydrolysis by a fructan-polymerizing enzyme preparationCairns, A. J., Bonnett, G. D., Gallagher, J., Simpson, R. J. & Pollock, C. 1997 In : New Phytologist.136, 1, p. 61-72
A simple and rapid method for the analysis of water soluble carbohydrates from small segments of cereal leaf tissueHarrison, J., Gallagher, J. & Pollock, C. 1997 In : Journal of Plant Physiology.151, 6, p. 654-659
Tissue level localization of acid invertase in leaves: an hypothesis for the regulation of carbon exportKingston-Smith, A. H. & Pollock, C. 1996 In : New Phytologist.134, 3, p. 423-432
Isolation of a gene expressed during sucrose accumulation in leaves of Lolium temulentum L.Winters, A. L., Gallagher, J., Pollock, C. J. & Parrar, J. F. 1995 In : Journal of Experimental Botany.46, Special Issue, p. 1345-1350
Changes in gene‐expression in response to sucrose accumulation in leaf tissue of Lolium temulentum L.Winters, A. L., Williams, J. H. H., Thomas, D. S. & Pollock, C. 1994 In : New Phytologist.128, 4, p. 591-60010 p.
RFLP and QTL analysis of seedling thermotolerance in contrasting genotypes of pearl milletCavan, G. P., Howarth, C., Skot, L., Pollock, C., Hash, C. T., Weltzien Rattunde, E. & Bidinger, F. R. 1994 ODA Plant Series Research Compendium 1993. Witcombe, J. R. & Wright, D. A. (eds.). p. 39-40
Physiological and biochemical assessment of seedling thermotolerance in pearl milletHowarth, C., Cavan, G. P., Stevens, M. J., Pollock, C., Weltzien Rattunde, E., Bidinger, F. R. & Hash, C. T. 1994 ODA Plant Series Research Compendium 1993. Witcombe, J. R. & Wright, D. A. (eds.). p. 41-43
Temperature StressPollock, C., Eagles, C. F., Howarth, C., Schunmann, P. H. D. & Stoddart, J. L. 1993 Plant Adaptation to Environmental Stress. Fowden, L., Mansfield, T. & Stoddart, J. (eds.). Springer Nature, p. 109-132
Polysaccharide production in liquid cell suspension culture of Phleum pratense L. Plant Cell ReportsHale, A. D., Pollock, C. & Dalton, S. 1987 In : Plant Cell Reports.6, 6, p. 435-438