About the Author
Dr Leon A Terry (Reader in Plant Science) is Head of the Plant Science Laboratory at Cranfield University and heads Food Security and Environmental Health within Cranfield Health, with responsibility over all staff and students in the area. His main research interests are fundamental postharvest physiology and biochemistry of fresh produce, postharvest pathology and disorders, chemometric and textural profiling for interpretation of chemical data, shelf-life and vase-life extension and quality evaluation and sensor and product development (including packaging). url: http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/health/abouttheschool/people/page8147.html is currently a Visiting Professor at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in Thailand and was formally: Professor of Plant Science, University of Asmara, Eritrea; Professor of Postharvest Technology and Head of Department, Cranfield University, UK; Team Leader, EU project at the Windward Islands Banana Development and Exporting Company; Principal Scientific Officer, Tropical Products Institute, London; Postharvest Expert for the UN in the Sudan, Yemen and Korea for the Food and Agriculture Organization, Ghana and Sri Lanka for the International Trade Centre and Gambia for the World Bank; Advisor to the British, Jamaican and Colombian Governments in postharvest technology of fruit and vegetables; Research Fellow in Crop Science, University of the West Indies, Trinidad; Demonstrator in Biometrics at University of Leeds. He has also worked as a consultant for various commercial and government organisations across the world. Professor Thompson has published over 100 journal papers and numerous scientific textbooks over the course of his career.