GM Science Review Panel - Members' Interests

Professor Michael Gale FRS

Professor Mike Gale FRS is an Associate Research Director at the John Innes Centre. Previously he was Head of the Cambridge Laboratory which moved to Norwich in 1990 from Cambridge, following the privatisation of the Plant Breeding Institute. His has carried out research into the genetics of cereal crops. He has unravelled the genetics of the Green Revolution semi-dwarfing genes and the genetic control of pre-harvest sprouting resistance in wheat. He constructed the first molecular map of hexaploid bread wheat and his group have been international leaders in developing the concept of 'synteny', whereby the conservation of gene content and gene order over millions of years can be exploited in fundamental and applied comparative genetics. He is the author of more than 200 articles in scientific journals. His work has been acknowledged by the awards of the Royal Agricultural Society of England Research Medal in 1994, the Rank Prize for Nutrition in 1997, the Royal Society Darwin Medal in 1998. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1996 and a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 1999.

Members have declared personal and non-personal interests, that are current or within the last 5 years as follows:

Personal Interests
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Non-Personal Interests

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Nature of Interest

Name of Organisation

Nature of Interest

Plant Bioscience Ltd., Norwich


Norwich Research Ltd


Rockefeller Foundation, New York


John Innes Enterprises


CGIAR Technical Advisory Committee, FAO, Rome


Norwich Research Park Development Partnership Ltd


DeMontford University


Avestha Gengraine Technologies Pvt Ltd, Bangalore, India

Member, Scientific Advisory Board



International Rice Research Institute, Los Banos, Philippines

Member of the Board of Trustees



Central Advisory Service, ISNAR, The Hague


Steering Committee



School of Biology, University of Reading

Member, Science Advisory Committee



The Royal Society, London




Chinese Academy of Engineering, Beijing

Foreign Member