Areas of expertise


  • PhD Postharvest Technology (Cranfield University, 2001)
  • MSc Postharvest Technology (Cranfield University, 1998)
  • BSc Hons Applied Biology ARCS (Imperial College, 1997)
  • PGCert (Cranfield University, 2015)
  • Fellow of Society of Biology (2015)
  • Appointed member of the BBSRC Agriculture and Food Security Strategy Advisory Panel (AFS SAP) 2015-2018
  • Invited member of the East Malling Research Science Committee (2013 - on going)
  • Long standing member of the Postharvest Biology and Technology (Journal) Editorial Board
  • Member of the management board for the BBSRC network on High Value Chemicals from Plants
  • Senior scientist for the CIPC Stewardship Group (AHDB)
  • Former trustee of the Association of Applied Biologists
  • Member of the SCI, IAgrE and ISHS
  • Invited speaker at ISHS, Bayer, Monsanto, PepsiCo, and Unilever
  • Ref 2014 - UoA6 Prof Terry was solely responsible for one of the impact case studies (Reducing postharvest waste through manipulating ethylene) which was subsequently evaluated as being outstanding by the Ref2014 UoA6 evaluation panel
  • Invited member of the NCUB Food Economy Task Force Work Stream 2: Science and Translation (2014-2015)
  • Invited member of Pepsico Technical Advisory Board
  • Conference convenor for MQUIC 2013 ISHS conference held at Cranfield in 2013

Current activities

Professor Terry has established Cranfield University as one of the largest and best equipped groups dedicated to research, consultancy and education in postharvest science in the EU.

Professor Terry's scholarship is centred around understanding the physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms which govern dormancy, ripening and senescence of fruits, tubers, bulbs, roots and vegetables. He has been funded by the EU, overseas governments, the UK Government and its agencies (Defra, BBSRC, EPSRC, DFID, Innovate UK. AHDB), and has continued to secure substantial repeat funding from industry (Unilever, PepsiCo, Monsanto, Johnson Matthey).

Professor Terry has supervised over 20 PhD students to completion, and is currently principal supervisor to 10 PhD students.


Prof Terry's research has been funded by the EU, Defra, BBSRC, EPSRC, DfID, Innovate UK, AHDB, and repeat funding from industry (Unilever, PepsiCo, Johnson Matthey). Current BBSRC projects:

  • 'Providing the scientific basis to create a new powerbrand in functional foods'
  • BB/MO27295/1 - 'Controlling dormancy and sprouting in potato and onion'
  • BB/K02065X/1 - 'Implementing novel, cost effective alternatives to CIPC for sustainable potato storage'
  • BB/N004906/1 - 'Season extension of UK asparagus using DCA'
  • BBSRC studentships - 'A mechanistic exploration of factors involved during postharvest curing of high quality vanilla'
  • 'Postharvest maintenance of phytonutrients in tea'
  • 'Manipulating onion dormancy using deficit irrigation'


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Cools K, Alamar M, Terry L & Chope G. (2016) Spatial phytohormone profile of stored bulbs. In: VII International Symposium on Edible Alliaceae, Nigde, 21 May 2015.
  • Amoah R & Terry LA (2013) Biochemical and physiological changes in stored sweet potatoes as mediated by 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP). In: 7th International Postharvest Symposium, Kuala Lumpur, 25 June 2012.
  • Magwaza LS, Opara UL, Cronjé PJR, Nieuwoudt HH, Landahl S & Terry LA (2013) Quantifying the effects of fruit position in the canopy on physical and biochemical properties and predicting susceptibility to rind breakdown disorder of 'Nules Clementine' mandarin (Citrus reticulate Blanco) using Vis/NIR spectroscopy. In: 2nd All Africa Horticulture Congress, Kruger National Park, 15 January 2012.
  • Landahl S & Terry LA (2012) Avocado Firmness Monitoring with Values Obtained by Means of Laser Doppler Vibrometry. In: 4th International Conference Postharvest Unlimited 2011, Leavenworth, Washington, 22 May 2011.
  • Ford HD, Tatam RP, Landahl S & Terry LA (2012) Investigation of Disease in Stored Onions Using Optical Coherence Tomography. In: 4th International Conference Postharvest Unlimited 2011, Leavenworth, Washington, 22 May 2011.
  • Smyrniotaki M, Landahl S & Terry LA (2010) Temporal changes in textural and taste-related characteristics of seven UK-grown sh-2 sweetcorn cultivars stored under controlled atmosphere conditions. In: 10th Controlled and Modified Atmosphere Research Conference, 2009, Antalya, 4 April 2009.
  • Landahl S, Meyer MD & Terry LA (2010) Biochemical and textural ripeness assessment of avocado fruit from different origins. In: 3rd International Conference Postharvest Unlimited 2008, Berlin, 4 November 2008.
  • Landahl S & Terry LA (2010)

    Textural, biochemical and micro-structural changes in mesocarp tissue of imported avocado from Peru during ripening

    . In: Acta Horticulturae : 6th International Postharvest Symposium, 2009, Antalya, 1 January 2009.
  • Mena C, Yurt O, Terry L & Williams A (2010) Managing Waste in the UK Food Supply Chain: A Focus on Retailer-Supplier Relationships. In: EURAM 2010 - 10th European Academy of Management Annual Conference, Rome, 19 May 2010.
  • Landahl S, Terry LA & Meyer MD (2008) Spatio-temporal postharvest changes in texture and fatty acid profiles in avocado fruit from different origins. In: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2008, Providence, Rhode Island, 29 June 2008.
  • Mcgowan D, Bartlett MD, Terry LA, Vickers A & James IT (2008) The effect of soil compaction and water application on rooting in creeping bentgrass.. In: 1st European Turfgrass Society Conference, Pisa, 1 January 2008.
  • Terry LA, Chope GA & Bordonaba G (2008) Effect of water deficit on strawberry fruit quality. In: VI International Strawberry Symposium, Huelva, Spain, 3 March 2008.
  • Terry LA (2007) Recent practical advances in post-harvest storage. In: XVI International Plant Protection Congress, Glasgow, UK, 15 October 2007.
  • Bordonaba GJ & Terry LA (2007) Characterization of seventeen blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum) cultivars based on chemometric profiling of health-related compounds. In: 2nd International Symposium on the Health Effects of Fruits and Vegetables, Houston, Texas, USA, 9 October 2007.
  • Meyer M, Terry LA, Ilkenhams T, Poulston S, Rowsell L & Smith AWJ (2007) Comparison between palladium-promoted ehtylene scavenger and 1-methylcyclopropene in manipulating ethylene-induced ripening in avocado fruit. In: Johnson Mathey Symposium on Catalytic Technology, Nottingham, UK, 19 June 2007.
  • Terry LA, Meyer M, Reay N, Ilkenhans T, Poulston S, Rowsell L & Smith A (2007) Suppression of avocado ripening with new palladium-promoted ethylene scavenger. In: VI World Avocado Congress, Vina del Mar, Chile, 12 March 2007.
  • Chope GA & Terry LA (2007) The role of ethylene and abscisic acid in onion bulb dormancy. In: 5th International Symposium on Edible Alliaceae, Lelystad, The Netherlands, 29 October 2007.
  • Terry LA (2007) Prospects for postharvest elicitors to suppress postharvest disease. In: COST action 924 International Congress on Novel approaches for the control of postharvest diseases and disorders, Bologna, Italy, 3 May 2007.
  • Abayomi LA & Terry LA (2006) Development of two disposable pyruvate biosensors to determine pungency in onion. In: National Allium Research Conference (NARC), College Station, Texas, USA, 7 December 2006.
  • Ilkenhans T, Poulston S, Rowsell L, Smith AWJ & Terry LA (2006) Development of a new palladiam-based ethylene scavenger. In: The 7th International Symposium on the Plant Hormone Ethylene, Pisa, Italy, 18 June 2006.
  • Abayomi LA, Terry LA, White SF & Warner PJ (2005) Defining onion pungency using amperiometric biosensors. In: International Workshop on Biosensors for Food and Safety and Environmental Monitoring, Agadir, Morocco, 10 November 2005.
  • Chope GA, Terry LA & White PJ (2005) Temporal changes in abscisic acid concentration in onion bulbs during controlled atmosphere storage. In: Information and Technology for Sustainable Fruit and Vegetable Production. Frutic 05, Montpellier, France, 12 August 2005.
  • Chope GA, Terry LA & White SF (2005) Temporal changes in abscisic acid concentration in onion bulb during controlled atmosphere storage. In: Information and Technology for Sustainable Fruit and Vegetable Production, Fruitic 05, Montpellier, France, 12 September 2005.
  • Terry LA (2004) Biosensors: current state of the art. In: AgEng 2004: engineering the future, Leuven, 12 September 2004.
  • Chope GA, Terry LA & White PJ (2004) Abscisic acid concentration in stored onions. In: Adcances in Applied Biology: providing new opportunities for consumers in the 21st century, Oxford, UK, 15 December 2004.
  • Terry LA (2004) Future developments in soft fruit quality control. In: ADAS/East Malling Soft Fruit Conference, 23 November 2004.
  • Terry LA, Joyce DC & Darras AI (2004) Variable efficacy of plant activators in suppression of Botrytis cinerea on strawberry fruit and fressia flowers. In: XIII International Botrytis Symposium, Antalya, Turkey, 25 October 2004.
  • Pompodakis NE, Terry LA, Joyce DC, Lydakis D & Papadimitrios M (2004) Storage Effects on vase life of 'First Red' and 'Atiko' roses grown in Crete. In: 5th International Post Harvest Symposium, Verona, Italy, 6 June 2004.
  • Terry LA (2004) Application of biosensors to the Food Industry. In: Sensors for the Food Industry-Novel Applications, Leatherhead, UK, 3 March 2004.
  • Abayomi LA, Terry LA, White SF & Warner PJ (2004) Development of a biosensor to determine pungency in onions. In: The Eigth World Congression Biosensors, Granada, Spain, 24 May 2004.
  • Terry LA (2004) Elicitors of induced disease resistance in harvested horticultural crops. In: Advances in Applied Biology: providing new opportunities for consumers and producers in the 21st century, Oxford, UK, 15 December 2004.
  • Terry LA, Joyces DC & Khambay BPS (2003) Preformed antifungal compounds in Geraldton waxflower tissues. In: Eighth International Congress of Plant Pathology, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2 February 2003.
  • Terry LA, Law KA, Hipwood KJ & Bellamy PH Non-structural carbohydrate profiles in onion bulbs influence taste preference.. In: Information and technology for sustainable fruit and vegetable production FRUITIC 05, Monpellier France.