David Pink is an expert in plant breeding and crop genetics with 29 years experience of breeding research. Until September 2010 he led the crop improvement group at Warwick HRI in multidisciplinary research in field vegetables, narcissus and oil seed rape, funded by Defra, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and breeding companies. He is currently Professor of Crop Improvement at Harper Adams University.
David's main interest is the development of tools and resources to facilitate improvement of important quantitative traits utilising natural variation found in gene bank collections. His work is targeted at UK horticulture but he has also worked with small holders in East Africa. Recently, David has developed an interest in biofuels and biomaterials, working with engineers, chemists and social scientists and in local food production. He is a member of BBC Rural Affairs Committee, the Production subgroup of the Defra Fruit and Vegetable task force, Science Advisory Committee of British Beet Research Organisation, and a scientific advisor to the Field Vegetable Panel, Horticultural Development Company.