Prof Michael Gooding

BSc, PgDip in Crop Protection, PhD, FRSB

Prof Michael Gooding

Director of IBERS

Institute Director

Professor of Crop Science

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Professor Gooding comes to IBERS from the University of Reading where he was Professor of Crop Science and Agronomy, and Head of the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development and also held the positions of Director of the Crops Research Unit and Course Director for the BSc in Agriculture.

Originally from Sussex, Professor Gooding is a graduate of Birmingham University and Harper Adams. An accomplished academic, Professor Gooding has developed his career through positions held at the Sports Turf Research Institute in Bingley, the Royal Agricultural College in Gloucestershire and since 1996 at the University of Reading.



Professor Gooding's research interests address the sustainable intensification of agriculture: particularly how to enhance nutrient uptake and use by crops so that yield and quality can be improved in changing environments.

The work examines genetic, climatic and agronomic influences on crop performance for human foodstuffs and nutrition, livestock feed and industrial uses.


Quantifying rooting at depth in a wheat doubled haploid population with introgression from wild emmerClarke, C., Gregory, P., Lukac, M., Burridge, A., Allen, A., Edwards, K. & Gooding, M. 2017 In : Annals of Botany.120, 3, p. 457-47015 p.
Temporally and genetically discrete periods of wheat sensitivity to high temperatureBarber, H., Lukac, M., Simmonds, J., Semenov, M. & Gooding, M. 2017 In : Frontiers in Plant Science.8, 51
Effects of growth environment and agronomy on grain qualityGooding, M. 2017 Cereal Grains: Assessing and manageing Quality. Wrigley, C., Batey, I. & Miskelly, D. (eds.). 2 ed.Elsevier, p. 493-51221 p. (Woodhead Publishing Series in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition)
Photoperiod sensitivity affects flowering duration in wheatJones, H., Lukac, M., Brak, B., Martinez-Eixarch, M., Alhomedhi, A., Gooding, M., Wingen, L. & Griffiths, S. 2017 In : Journal of Agricultural Science.155, 1, p. 32-4312 p.
Time of Fusarium inoculation and post-anthesis temperature stress affect FHB severity and DON concentration in winter wheatOkereke, V., Jones, H. & Gooding, M. 2016 In : Journal of Advances in Agriculture.6, 2, p. 953-962
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