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"It is a pleasure and a privilege to be involved in the launch of the peer-reviewed journal Agriculture & Food Security which publishes cutting edge contributions to the body of knowledge in this vitally important field. The online systems of BioMed Central greatly enhances the creative opportunities for authors to include in their manuscripts large datasets, links to other web pages, unlimited colour illustrations and animations and movie clips. Open access means that high quality research on agriculture and food security will be freely available to all, without charge, worldwide."
Malcolm Elliott is the Founding Director of The Norman Borlaug Institute for Global Food Security. He sees the role of the Institute as facilitating the delivery of food security and creation of wealth by applying cutting-edge plant science techniques in crop improvement programmes that will enable the sustainable enhancement of global agricultural production. A working partnership of Rothamsted Research and The University of Nottingham re-established the Institute as The Norman Borlaug Institute for Global Food Security in November 2011.
Professor Elliott graduated with First Class Honours in Plant Sciences from The University of Wales in 1963. His PhD in plant biochemistry in the laboratory of Professor H.E. Street at The University of Wales (1966) was followed by a period as a Fulbright Scholar and Research Staff Biologist at Yale University (1967-1969). He returned from the USA to take the post of Lecturer in Plant Biochemistry at The University of Leicester (1969-1971), then he became Professor and Head of The School of Life Sciences at De Montfort University, Leicester (1971-1994). He was Chairman of The College of Deans at De Montfort University (1989-1993) then Founding Director of The Norman Borlaug Institute for Crop Improvement (1994 to date). Professor Elliott is the author of several hundred research publications with emphasis on molecular biological approaches to cereal improvement and he has directed the Higher Degree programmes of more than fifty Graduate Students. He was honoured by the award of the Charles University Medal in 1992, the Gregor Mendel Gold Medal for Biological Sciences Research of Exceptional Merit in 1993, the Jan Evangelista Purkyne Medal in 1994 and the DSc (Honoris Causa) of the Bulgarian Academy of Agricultural Science in 2006.
Professor Elliott was a Member of the Science and Engineering Research Council's Biological Sciences Committee (1978-1981); a member of Various Appraisal Committees of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; a Member of the Council for National Academic Awards' Life Science Research Degrees Committee (1988-92); Accredited Specialistof the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation (1990 to 2000); a Member of the International Advisory Committee of the Czech Academy of Sciences' Institute of Plant Molecular Biology (1992 to date); a Member of the International Consultative Committee of the Institute of Genetic Engineering of the Bulgarian Academy of Agriculture (1993 to date) and a Member of the International Scientific Committee of BioVisionAlexandria (2009 to date).