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John Spink

Head of Department - Crops

Research Interests

Combinable crop production, primarily of cereals and oilseeds, a particular interest in yield formation and optimisation of output through improved husbandry, disease control and crop improvement

Current Projects

  • 5998 - Understanding yield formation in the major tillage crops to determine future crop agronomy research and genetic improvement targets.
  • 5999 -  Agronomic approaches to reducing disease pressure and targeting disease control strategies in cereals.
  • 6055 - Evaluation of new products for disease control in cereals
  • BINGHAM, I.J., BLAKE, J., FOULKES, M.J. AND SPINK, J. (2007). Is barley yield in the UK sink limited? I. Post-anthesis radiation interception, radiation-use efficiency and source–sink balance. Field Crops Research 101, 198–211.
  • BINGHAM, I.J., BLAKE, J., FOULKES, M.J. AND SPINK, J. (2007). Is barley yield in the UK sink limited? II. Factors affecting potential grain size. Field Crops Research 101, 212–220.
  • P.M. BERRY & J.H. SPINK. (2009) Understanding the effect of a triazole with anti-gibberellin activity on the growth and yield of oilseed rape (Brassica napus). Journal of Agricultural science 147, 273-285.
  • P. BERRY, J. SPINK, J. FOULKES, P. WHITE. (2010) The physiological basis of genotypic differences in nitrogen use efficiency in oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.) Field Crops Research. 119, 365–373.
  • D. J. BAILEY, N. PAVELEY, J. SPINK, P. LUCAS AND C. A. GILLIGAN. (2009). Epidemiological analysis of take-all decline in winter wheat. Phytopathology 99, 861-868
  • JOHN R. GARSTANG and JOHN H. SPINK (2011). Cultural Practices: Focus on Major Barley-Producing Regions. Europe. In; Barley: Production, Improvement, and Uses. Edited by Steven E. Ullrich © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
  • JOHN SPINK, RICHIE HACKETT & JIM BURKE (2011) Wheat in the Republic of Ireland. In; The World Wheat Book. Eds: Bonjean, A. & Angus, W. Lavoisier,1200pp, ISBN:2743011025
  • J Spink, E Mullins and P Berry (2012) Potential for Yield Improvement. In: Comprehensive Renewable Energy.Edited by: Ali Sayigh. Elsevier ISBN: 978-0-08-087872-0
  • SPINK, J. (2010). Winter wheat yields in Europe and at a global scale. In: Plantekongres, Herning Denmark, 12-Jan-2010
  • Petra Kock Appelgren, Nottingham University
  • Shane Kennedy, Edinburgh University
  • Hilda Dooley, Reading University