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Michelle H. Williams

Head of Department, Head of Institute

Michelle H. Williams
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Description of work experience 
Research and leadership experience has focused around the word 'QUALITY':

Plant research
Experience has been gained via investigating the response of both cut flower and ornamental plants to abiotic stresses; specifically water and light. Research has included optimization of production factors, inner and external quality attributes. Key areas: drought, photosynthesis, carbohydrate, root:shoot, flowering, proteins, ethylene, senescence.

Fruit research
Experience has focused on the commercialization of new fruit products e.g. summerfruit and kiwifruit. Research included optimization of production practices, harvest and maturity protocols, storage and shelf life protocols. Key areas: flowering, fruit development, production blueprints, texture, softening.

Since 2003 experience has been gained primarily in leading research groups in the areas of fruit production, postharvest sciences, plant production and sustainable land use. These leadership roles have included accountability for revenue targets and delivery of science, managing key client relationships, building research networks, project management of large government funded programmes, mentoring and developing staff, staff recruitment, resource and performance management.

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