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Dr Jim Monaghan BSc, PhD

Reader - Fresh Produce and Horticulture / Director of the Fresh Produce Research Centre

Teaching Duties

  • Fresh produce production
  • Post harvest technology
  • Horticultural production systems
  • Food safety in the production of fresh produce
  • QA systems and their role in the supply chain

Research Interests

My research work covers two main areas and is carried out at the Fresh Produce Research Centre:

1. Manipulating the pre and post-harvest environment to improve vegetable crop quality:

I am leading work with colleagues at the Universities of Warwick and Reading to understand the genetic basis of postharvest discolouration in minimally processed leafy salads (BBSRC HAPI funding).

I am also working with the University of Warwick to identify genetic traits that are linked to stress resilience (Defra VEGIN).

I am supervising a KTP associate based in the East of England at Cambs Farm Growers (part of the G's group) to develop the use of LED lighting, and other agronomic manipulation techniques in the propagation of young vegetable transplants (BBSRC/Innovate funding)

2. Maintaining food safety during fresh produce production:

I am involved in a series of training workshops in 2017 for growers focussed on managing food safety risks in the production of fresh produce crops (AHDB funding). 

I am also working with the watercress industry to develop an Industry Guide for Hygienic Production of Watercress  (FSA funding)

PhD Students

(Director of Studies)

Towards precision inputs through improved understanding of the underlying causes of in-field variation in crop maturity and yield of lettuce. Yara Boubou. HDC studentship.

Leafy vegetables - resilient roots for rapid establishment under variable soil conditions. Justin Roberts. Syngenta funded joint Studentship with University of Nottingham (Co-S, Prof Martin Broadley)

(Supervisory team)

The survival of Listeria in agricultural soils. Alva Smith. Joint Studentship with Edinburgh Napier University (DoS, Prof Ian Singleton)

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Association of Applied Biologists
  • Member of the International Society of Horticultural Science
  • Member Technical Board British Beet Research Organisation
  • Associate Editor Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology
  • Member of AAB Plant Physiology and Crop Improvement group

     

Academic Department: Crop and Environment Sciences

Tel: +44 (0)1952 815425

Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783

Office: N6 Jubilee Adams, Tudor Lodge and NW Building

Research profile: ORCID

Publications

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Other publications

  • J.M. Monaghan, J.C. Augustin, J. Bassett, R. Betts, B. Pourkomailian, M.H. Zwietering. (2017) Risk assessment or assessment of risk? Developing an evidence based approach for primary producers of leafy vegetables to assess and manage microbial risks Journal of Food Protection 80(5):725-733
  • Beacham AM, Hand P, Pink DAC, Monaghan JM (2017) Analysis of Brassica oleracea early stage abiotic stress responses reveals tolerance in multiple crop types and for multiple sources of stress Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture IN PRESS
  • Beacham AM, Monaghan JM, Aguiar LK, Eastham J (2017) Alternative production systems: moving away from farming the land Contemporary issues in food supply chain management. Eds J Eastham, LK Aguiar, S Thelwell p145-166
  • Hunter PJ, Atkinson LD, Vickers L, Lignou S, Oruna-Concha MJ, Pink D, Hand P, Barker G, Wagstaff C, Monaghan JM. (2017) Oxidative discolouration in whole-head and cut lettuce: Biochemical and environmental influences on a complex phenotype and potential breeding strategies to improve shelf-life. Euphytica In Press
  • Monaghan JM, Vickers LV, Grove IG, Beacham AM (2017) Deficit Irrigation Reduces Postharvest Rib Pinking in Wholehead Iceberg Lettuce, but at the Expense of Head Fresh Weight Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 97(5):1524–1528
  • Monaghan JM, Beacham AM. (2017) Salad Vegetable Crops. In Brian Thomas, Brian G Murray and Denis J Murphy (Editors in Chief), Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences, Vol 3, Waltham, MA: Academic Press, 2017, pp. 262–267.
  • Mogren LM, Beacham AM, Reade JPH and Monaghan JM (2016) Moderate water stress prevents the postharvest decline of ascorbic acid in spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.) but not in spinach beet (Beta vulgaris L.). Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 96: 2976–2980
  • Lockley RA, Grove IG, Monaghan JM (2016) Minimising losses in radish (Raphanus sativus) at harvest due to splitting by manipulation of water availability during growth. Acta Horticulturae 1118, 157-162
  • McIntyre L, Monaghan JM (2016) Chapter 4: Microbiological Outbreak in Sprouted Seeds In: JM Soon, L Manning and CA Wallace. Eds. Foodborne Diseases: Case Studies of Outbreaks in the Agri-Food Industries. CRC Press. Pp 37-62.
  • Monaghan JM and Hutchison ML (2016) Ineffective hand washing and the contamination of carrots after using a field latrine Letters in Applied Microbiology 62: 299–303
  • Lockley RA, Grove IG, Monaghan JM (2016) Investigating factors affecting postharvest splitting in radish (Raphanus sativus). Acta Horticulturae 1118, 171-174
  • Allende A, Monaghan J. (2015) Irrigation Water Quality for Leafy Crops: A Perspective of Risks and Potential Solutions Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 12(7):7457-7477
  • Vickers LH, Grove IG, Monaghan JM (2015) Soil type and irrigation affect onion yield and storability Acta Horticulturae 1091:245-251
  • Beacham AM, Monaghan JM, Kettlewell PS (2015) Culinary herb growth and appearance in response to high salinity, high pH drench and foliar spray treatments in substrate-based and substrate-free conditions. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology 90(2): 164-170
  • Kondhare KR, Kettlewell PS, Farrell AD, Hedden P, Monaghan JM (2015) Pre-maturity alpha-amylase in wheat: the role of abscisic acid and gibberellins. Journal of Cereal Science 63: 95-108
  • Vickers LH, Grove IG, Monaghan JM (2015) Irrigation affects postharvest discolouration and yield in iceberg lettuce Acta Horticulturae 1091:253-258
  • Lockley RA, Grove IG, Monaghan JM (2015) Splitting in radish - Does preharvest environment influence the response to postharvest handling? Acta Horticulturae 1091:231-238
  • Glowacz M, Mogren LM, Reade JPH, Cobb AH, Monaghan JM (2015) High- but not low-intensity light leads to oxidative stress and quality loss of cold-stored baby leaf spinach. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 95:1821-1829
  • Monaghan JM (2014) Chapter 14: Fresh Produce Crops (In: H.J.S. Finch, A.M. Samuel and G.P.F. Lane. ed. Lockhart and Wiseman's Crop Husbandry 9th Edition. Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing. pp. 396-430. )
  • Kondhare KR, Kettlewell PS, Hedden P, Farrell AD, Monaghan JM (2014) Use of the hormone-biosynthesis inhibitors fluridone and paclobutrazol to determine the effects of altered abscisic acid and gibberellin levels on pre-maturity ?-amylase formation in wheat grains. Journal of Cereal Science 60:210-216
  • Graceson A, Hare M, Hall N, & Monaghan J (2014) Use of inorganic substrates and composted green waste in growing media for green roofs. Biosystems Engineering 124:1-7
  • Kondhare KR, Hedden P, Kettlewell PS,Farrell AD, Monaghan JM. (2014) Quantifying the impact of exogenous abscisic acid and gibberellins on pre-maturity ?-amylase formation in developing wheat grains. Scientific reports 4
  • Graceson A, Monaghan J, Hall N, Hare M. (2014) Plant growth responses to different growing media for green roofs. Ecological Engineering 69:196-200
  • Kondhare KR, Kettlewell PS, Hedden P, Farrell AD, Monaghan JM (2013) The role of sensitivity to abscisic acid and gibberellin in pre-maturity ?-amylase formation in wheat grains. Journal of Cereal Science 58(3):472–478
  • Glowacz M, Mogren LM, Reade JPH, Cobb AH, Monaghan JM. (2013) Can hot water treatments enhance or maintain postharvest quality of spinach leaves? Postharvest Biology and Technology 81:23-28
  • Graceson A, Hare M, Monaghan J, Hall N (2013) The water retention capabilities of growing media for green roofs Ecological Engineering 61(Part A):328–334
  • Graceson A, Hall N, Hare M, Monaghan J (2013) Spatial arrangements and physical properties of granular mineral materials and composted green waste in green roof growing media. Acta Horticulturae 1013:147-152 ( )
  • Monaghan JM, Daccache A, Vickers L, Hess TM, Weatherhead EK, Grove IG, Knox JW. (2013) More ‘crop per drop’ – constraints and opportunities for precision irrigation in European agriculture. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 93:97-80
  • Kondhare KR, Kettlewell PS, Farrell AD, Hedden P and Monaghan JM (2012) Effects of exogenous abscisic acid and gibberellic acid on pre-maturity alpha-amylase formation in wheat grains. Euphytica 188:51-60
  • Monaghan J M, Thomas D J I, Hutchison M L, Goodburn K (2012) An overview of current UK fresh produce farming practices that minimise the risk of foodborne illness outbreaks associated with ready to eat fresh produce Acta Horticulturae 936: 19-26
  • Monaghan J M, Chiramba T, Mogren L M (2012) Effect of pre and postharvest factors on splitting in Radish (Raphanus sativus) Acta Horticulturae 934:1347-1352
  • Mogren L, Reade JPH, Monaghan JM (2012) Effects of Environmental Stress on Ascorbic Acid Content in Baby Leaf Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) Acta Horticulturae 939:205-208
  • Monaghan JM, Hutchison ML (2012) Distribution and decline of human pathogenic bacteria in soil after application in irrigation water and the potential for soil splash mediated dispersal on to fresh produce Journal of Applied Microbiology 112:1007-1019
  • Monaghan J M, Hutchison M L (2011) Simplified web-based risk assessments for managing microbial contamination risk in fresh produce production. Symposium SciCom FASFC 2011: Applications of Microbiological Risk Assessment InThe Food Chain pp24-26
  • Monaghan J M, Rahn C R, Hilton H W, Wood M (2010) Improved efficiency of nutrient and water use for high quality field vegetable production using fertigation. Acta Horticulturae 852:145-151 (Toward Ekologically Sound Fertilization of field vegetables)
  • Mwebaze, P., Monaghan, J., Spence, N., MacLeod, A., Hare, M. and Revell, B (2010)  Modelling the risks associated with the increased importation of fresh produce from emerging supply sources outside the EU to the UK. Journal of Agricultural Economics 61(1) 97-121
  • Pettitt T R, Monaghan J M and Crawford M A (2008)  Assessment of the control of Phytophthora root rot disease spread by Spin Out®-treated fabrics in container-grown hardy nursery-stock.  Crop Protection 27(2):198-207
  • Monaghan J M (2008) The drivers for traceability in the retail supply chain for fresh produce. Aspects of Applied Biology 87:39-40
  • Hutchison, M. L., Avery, S. M. and Monaghan J. M. (2008) The air-borne distribution of zoonotic agents from livestock waste spreading and microbiological risk to fresh produce from contaminated irrigation sources. Journal of Applied Microbiology 105:848-857
  • Monaghan J M (2005) United Kingdom and European Approach to Fresh Produce Food Safety and Security. HortTechnology 16 (4):9-12
  • Monaghan J.M., Wurr D.C.E. and Fellows J.R. (2004) The effects of temperature and lighting on flowering in Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'). Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology 79 (5): 811-817
  • Monaghan J.M., Snape J.W.S., Chojecki J. and Kettlewell P.S. (2001) The use of grain protein deviation for identifying wheat cultivars with high grain protein concentration and yield. Euphytica. 122: 309-3 17
  • Monaghan J.M., Scrimgeour C.M., Stein W M, Zhao F.J. and Evans E.J. (1999) Sulphur accumulation and re-distribution in wheat (Triticum aestivum): a study using stable sulphur isotope ratios as a tracer system.  Plant Cell and Environment. 22:831-839
  • Zhao F.J., Salmon S.E., Withers P.J.A., Evans B.J., Monaghan J.M., Shewry P.R. and McGrath S. (1999) Responses of breadmaking quality to sulphur in three wheat varieties.  Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. 79:1865-1874
  • Zhao F.J., Salmon S.E., Withers P.J.A., Monaghan J.M., Evans E.J., Shewry P.R. and McGrath S. (1999) Variations in the bread making quality and rheological properties of wheat in relation to sulphur nutrition under field conditions.  Journal of Cereal Science. 30(1): 19-31
  • Zhao F.J., Withers P.J.A., Evans E.J., Monaghan J.M., Salmon S.B., Shewry P.R. and McGrath S. (1997) Sulfur nutrition: An important factor for the quality of wheat and rape seed. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition. 43:1137-1142
Modules

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