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.



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


Pollock, C 2016, 'How Should Risk-Based Regulation Reflect Current Public Opinion?', Trends in Biotechnology, vol. 34, no. 8, pp. 604-605. 10.1016/j.tibtech.2016.05.002
Pollock, C 2016, 'Sustainable farming: Chasing a mirage?', Food and Energy Security, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 205-209. 10.1002/fes3.88
Pollock, C & Hails, R 2014, 'The case for reforming the EU regulatory system for GMOs', Trends in Biotechnology, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 63-64. 10.1016/j.tibtech.2013.10.007
Pollock, C 2011, 'Climate science: Agricultural greenhouse gases', Nature Geoscience, vol. 4, no. 5, pp. 277-278. 10.1038/ngeo1145
Pollock, C, Pretty, J, Crute, I, Leaver, C & Dalton, H 2008, 'Introduction: Sustainable Agriculture II', Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences, vol. 363, no. 1492, pp. 683-684. 10.1098/rstb.2007.2194
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