Sustainable Soils and Crops


Peter Shewry is interested in improving grain quality for processing and health, based on understanding the mechanisms that determine grain structure, composition and properties. His current interests focus on improving the content and composition of dietary fibre in wheat grain and reducing the nitrogen requirement for producing wheat grain for breadmaking. Peter’s key research interests focus on grain quality, proteins, dietary fibre, phytochemicals and diet and health. His expertise is in the fields of biochemistry, genetics and plant biotechnology.




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      Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ

        Strategic programme

        • Designing Future Wheat (DFW)

        Science project

        • XYLAN arbinosyl transferases:identification and characterisationof their role in determining properties of grass cell walls
        • Speciation and bioavailability of iron in plant foods
        • Improving wheat as a source of essential micronutrients (India IPA)
        • Development and application of phenolic-rich oats for the maintenance of cardiovascular health
        • 13TSB_N4L2CRD:High fibre wheat for healthier white bread
        • Enhanced Rice quality for Health (EnRicH) 
        • Indo-UK Centre for the improvement of Nitrogen use Efficiency in Wheat (NEWTON FUND) 
        • Developing novel types of low protein wheat for breadmaking
        • Watkins FoF: Exploiting variation in wheat land races to optimise dietary fibre content and viscosity in commercial wheats
        • War on Wheat (WoW)

        PhD project

        • Genetic and environmental effects on wheat grain lipids
        • Exploring the relationship between the structure of wheat dietary fibre and prebiotic activity


        • 1995 - BA, Open University
        • 1988 - DSc, University of Bristol, UK
        • 1973 - PhD, University of Bristol, UK
        • 1969 - Bachelor (Hons) of Botany, University of Bristol, UK


        • 2017 - Franqui foundation Chair, KU Leuven
        • 2016- Clyde H Bailey Medal from the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology
        • Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Cereal Science
        • Chair of Rank Prize Nutrition Committee and Trustee of Rank Prize Funds
        • Member of AACC Awards Committee
        • 2013-14 - President of Association of Applied Biologists
        • Member of Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF) International Peer Review Panel on Agriculture and Plant Science