Prof Howard Thomas

Prof Howard Thomas

Emeritus Professor


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Investigation and modification of cellular and biochemical mechanisms of plant senescence and death, with special emphasis on pigment and protein metabolism.

Cloning, mapping and exploiting genes determining senescence, late-season and post-harvest deterioration, food, feed and bioprocessing quality and consumer perception in a range of crop and amenity species.

Use of imaging and machine-learning methods for non-destructive analysis of plant development and remote field to landscape-level monitoring of crops and ecosystems.

Cultural significance of scientific research and promotion of links between science and the arts.


Thomas, BJ, Fychan, R, McCalman, HM, Sanderson, R, Thomas, H & Marley, CL 2022, 'Vicia sativa as a grazed forage for lactating ewes in a temperate grassland production system', Food and Energy Security.
Thomas, H, Ougham, H & Sanders, D 2021, 'Plant blindness and sustainability', International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Thomas, H 2019, 'Grass blindness', Plants, People, Planet, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 197-203.
Thomas, H 2019, 'The evolutionary origins and subsequent histories of soils and trees', Arboricultural Journal, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 3-9.
Thomas, H & Ougham, H 2017, 'On plant growth and form', New Phytologist, vol. 216, no. 2, pp. 337-338.
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