Dr Dhan Bhandari, PhD; Senior Scientist (Quality); AHDB Crop Production System Team; Dhan has a first degree in Medical Biochemistry and a PhD studying muscle proteins at the University of Birmingham, UK. He conducted post-doctoral research on muscle biochemistry and cell biology at the Johns Hopkins University, USA (1985–87). Dhan worked at Campden BRI for 19 years studying the functionality of cereal proteins and enzymes that impact upon processing quality. His studies included N fertilizer inputs and wheat quality; the development of rapid testing methods: NIR and lab-on-a-chip technology for varietal identification; a novel diagnostic lateral flow device test for the HFN, and grain spoilage using e-nose technology. In 2004, Dhan was awarded the Heinz Travelling Scholarship for Scientific Excellence on ‘Innovative work on methods for assessing wheat quality and authenticity.’ He has been at AHDB since 2010 commissioning and evaluating research on cereals and oilseeds and is acknowledged as AHDB’s leading expert on quality and safety of cereals and oilseeds for human consumption and for animal feed. Dhan is also a member of the BSI AW/4 Cereal and Pulses Committee having represented the UK at ISO/CEN meetings and is a member of the Red Tractor Combinable Crops &SB Board.
AHDB’s new IPM programme will produce sound scientific evidence for reduced use of current agrochemicals, establish the efficacy of alternative products such as biopesticides and alternative crop husbandry systems. This approach will change behaviour by providing new independent information and tools to enable farmers to select the most effective combination of pest control activities, giving the best financial return.