Professor Michael R F Lee is Principal Investigator in the project and as a trained ruminant nutritionist is very much aware of the importance of high quality silage in any ruminant livestock business. Mycotoxins pose a great risk to farm businesses by undermining the quality of home grown feed not to mention the loss in productivity and animal health. The project will provide a greater understanding of this vital issue as well as improving diagnostic techniques for the veterinary industry.
- Michael graduated with first class honors degree in animal science from the University of Wales in 1997
- He obtained a BBSRC PhD from University of Aberdeen in 2001 working on improving nitrogen and energy metabolism in ruminants
- Worked at the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER) on methods to improve animal product quality and safety (2001-2008)
- Following the merger of IGER with Aberystwyth University in 2008 Michael continued his work on product quality of grazing livestock
- In April 2013 moved to University of Bristol Vet School as Reader in Sustainable Livestock Systems and Food Security. The position was a joint appointment with North Wyke-Rothamsted Research to work on the BBSRC farm platform within the Food Security and Land Research Alliance (FSLRA)
- He has been instrumental in setting up the Global Farm Platform initiative and in March 2014 jointly published a Nature Comment paper on Steps to Sustainable Livestock Production
- Michael recently (1st March 2015) was appointed as the new head of site at North Wyke, Rothamsted Research and awarded a Chair from the University of Bristol as a joint appointment between the two institutes.