Professor Glyn Bengough

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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, where he still holds an Honorary Associate position. 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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