Brian Thomas obtained his first degree in Botany and a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology at UCW Aberystwyth. He worked as a Postdoctoral Scientist at Carleton University, Ottawa and the University of Reading before becoming a research scientist at the Glasshouse Crops Research Institute in Littlehampton. He moved to Wellesbourne as part of Horticulture Research International (HRI), where he was Research Director. HRI became part of the University of Warwick in 2004, where Brian is Professor of Crop Development in the School of Life Sciences. His research interests include mechanisms by which plants interact with the environment and the practical consequences of these interactions, vegetable crop improvement, and climate change and crop development. He is currently Senior Editor for the Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology and Senior Editor for both first and second editions of The Encyclopaedia of Applied Plant Sciences.