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    Dr John Reade

    BSc (Hons), PhD, ILTM, FRSB

    Principal Lecturer

    Photograph of John

    Teaching Areas

    • Weed Science
    • Integrated Weed Management
    • Crop Production
    • Crop Protection
    • Crop Improvement
    • Sustainable and Organic Farming Systems
    • Invasive Species
    • Aquatic and Riparian Vegitation
    • Plant Identification
    • Crop Protection (M level)
    • BASIS/Concise BASIS/Grassland BASIS/Potato BASIS/ BASIS Herbicide Agreement Officer
    • Agricultural Awareness
    • EFMA course
    • PPA course
    • Course Manager for Applied Biology and Applied Zoology BSc (hons) courses

    Research and Knowledge Transfer Interests

    • Weed Biology and Control, including novel non-chemical controls
    • Invasive Species
    • Aquatic Ecosystems
    • Mode of Action of Herbicides
    • Herbicide Resistance
    • Plant Biochemistry and Physiology
    • Sports Turf
    • Allelopathy
    • Interaction of Agrochemicals with Plants and the Environment
    • Alternative Crops and their Uses

    Professional Memberships

    Fellow (Royal Society of Biology)

    Member of European Weed Research Society

    Governor Profile

    John Reade studied BSc (hons) Biochemistry at Swansea University between 1987 and 1990. He then completed a PhD at Swansea University and Aberystwyth University, researching the proteins and enzymology of nitrogen fixation. Following successful defence of his thesis, John obtained an HGCA-funded post-doctoral research post at Nottingham Trent University. This post also focussed on proteins, but this time ones involved in herbicide resistance in the common grass weed black-grass (Alopecurus myosuroides). During this time John successfully isolated a protein responsible for resistance in this species, and developed laboratory tests to identify resistant black-grass populations. In 1999 John relocated to Harper Adams, where he continued with this research whilst also undertaking crop production and weed management teaching. He was then recruited by Harper Adams as a lecturer in Crop and Weed Sciences. John was a Senior Tutor on the Agriculture suite of courses for 14 years. In 2014 took on the role of Associate Head of Department (Crop and Plant Physiology section) in the Crop and Environment Department. When the new Agriculture and Environment Department was formed in 2021 John became Associate Head of Department of the Sustainable Systems section, as a principal lecturer. In 2018 Harper Adams started offering a suite of Zoology degrees, and John is the current Course Manager for these courses. In addition John also delvers on a number of BASIS and other short courses, has chaired and taken part in validations events both at Harper Adams and at partner institutes, and has co-authored one book and a number of book chapters. John is also delivering on the SSFF Future Farmer programme in the autumn of 2023. Areas of his research include allelopathy for weed management, stress in sports turf, and the use of lasers and other novel methods for weed management. He also continues to research herbicide resistance.

    John is a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and enjoys music, spending time outside, walking, and photography. He follows Bristol RFC and Walsall FC.

    Academic Department: Agriculture and Environment

    Department: Board of Governors

    Tel: +44 (0)1952 815285

    Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783

    Twitter: @DrJohnReade

    Office: N5

    Research profile: ORCID


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    Additional Information


    Presenter: SSFF Young Farmer Development Programme. "What is Sustainability?"

    Presenter: BBKA Spring Convention. "A Bountifulness of Botany" and "Botany in Practice"


    Presenter: Institute of Fisheries Management Annual Vegitation Management Conference. "2022: Herbicides, the future, and other tools in the toolbox"


    Presenter: Institute of Fisheries Management Annual Vegitation Management Conference. "2021: Herbicides, the future, and other tools in the toolbox"


    Presenter: Field to Fork. Sustainable Oil Production

    Presenter: Field to Fork. Wormeries and Composting

    Presenter: Harper Adams Open Days - Master Class. "The Path of Least Resistance: The implications for invasion, biological selection, and health"


    Presenter: Field to Fork. The Science of Bread


    External Examiner: BSc / BSc (horns) Agricultural Technology / Agricultural Technology with Professional Studies, Queen's University Belfast (2015 - 2020)


    External Examiner: BSc / BSc (hons) Applied Bioscience and Agricultural Science, SRUC, Ayr, Scotland (2012 - 2016)

    Invited Speaker: Talking Turf 2012, George, South Africa - May 21st - 24th 2012. "The Science of Turf - from the inside out"


    Invited Speaker: 3rd International Energy Farming Congress, Papenburg, Germany - March 10th - 12th 2009. "Miscanthus Production; Practical Experience"


    Field Presentation: IEA Bioenergy Conference visit, Harper Adams University College, UK - September 15th 2008. "Miscanthus Production"




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