Areas of expertise

  • Digital Agriculture
  • Environment and Health
  • Food Quality
  • Food Safety
  • Food waste
  • Sustainable Land Systems


Professor Terry has consistently secured funding as principal investigator (PI) from overseas and UK Government departments, and has developed a mature yet growing revenue stream with substantive repeat custom from key industrial clients. He has been PI for over 107 research projects either funded by government or industry and is currently PI to five Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) research grants and four PhD studentships. 
In 2016 Professor Terry led Cranfield’s contributions to two of the four UK Government’s Agritech Centres (AgriEPi and ChaP) securing over £10 million in capital assets. In 2017 he was successful in leading Cranfield’s Queen’s Anniversary Prize.
Professor Terry has a BSc in Applied Biology from Imperial College London. His MSc and PhD are both in Postharvest Biology from Cranfield. He has supervised over 25 PhD students to completion and has published over 150 peer-reviewed publications and two patents in postharvest science.

Current activities

Professor Terry is a member of Cranfield University’s Senior Management Team and leads research and teaching in Environment and Agrifood at the University with line management over four institutes consisting of 100 staff and cohorts of 70 PhD and 100 MSc students. He is also head of the Plant Science Laboratory at Cranfield which, since its establishment in 2002, has become one of the largest and best equipped postharvest research groups in the world.
Professor Terry has extensive experience working with overseas partners on reducing food losses using innovative postharvest technology. His personal scholarship has been driven by a need to preserve and maintain the quality and safety of fresh produce by better understanding the physiological, biochemical and molecular changes which occur after harvest in order to reduce waste and thereby help ensure greater food security across the world.
Professor Terry is an appointed member of the UK Government’s Agriculture and Food Security Strategy Advisory Panel (AFS SAP) 2015-2018, and a long standing member of the Postharvest Biology and Technology [Journal] Editorial Board. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, the Higher Education Academy and the Institute of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE).


  • Unilever
  • PepsiCo
  • Johnson Matthey
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)



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