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Richard Colgan: Postharvest Plant Physiologist and Senior Research Fellow at NRI

Richard’s research centres on identifying mechanisms to extend the storage and shelf life of fresh produce. His research spans from the identification of genes orchestrating biosynthesis and the perception of ethylene, and developing molecular markers for the marker assisted selection of new apple varieties with improved texture and eating quality, through to development of novel chemical inhibitors of the plant hormone ethylene. More recently, his work has expanded into the control of dormancy, sprout growth and sugar accumulation in potato