Professor Glyn Bengough


Civil Engineering, School of Science and Engineering

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Professor Glyn Bengough studied biophysics at the University of York before obtaining a PhD in the department of Plant and Soil Science at Aberdeen University. He then moved to a Research Leader position at the Scottish Crop Research Institute (now The James Hutton Institute) in 1988, as a Higher, then Senior and now Principal Scientific Officer, where he still holds a 50% appointment. His main research interests are in using plants to develop sustainable engineering solutions, and in applying engineering and biophysical methods to solve biological problems. Glyn Begough was awarded a personal chair in 2016. 

Professional biography

  • BSc (Hons, Class 1) Biophysics, University of York, 1985
  • PhD, University of Aberdeen, 1988


  • Biophysics of root-soil interactions and rhizosphere properties
  • Use of vegetation to reinforce soil slopes
  • Soil physical limitations to root growth
  • Interactions between roots, soil structure, and transport processes
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