Collaborators, Funding and Publications 










'UK Fundamentals for Mild Onion Production', MAFF(DEFRA)-LINK 1997 - 2001

'Garlic and Health' - the development of high quality garlic and its influence on biomarkers of atherosclerosis and cancer in humans for disease prevention. EU Framework 5: Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources, Key Action 1.3: Role of food in promoting and sustaining health.  2000 - 2004

Scientific publications about onion and garlic

Jones, MG. Chapter 8: The Biosynthesis of Volatile Sulphur Flavour Compounds in The Chemistry and Biology of Volatiles, ed. A. Herrmann, Wiley (2010).

Jones, MG. Chapter5: Formation of vegetable flavour in Fruit and Vegetable Flavour (eds. B. Brückner and S. G. Wyllie), Woodhead Publishing, Cambridge p 71-102 (2008).

Jones, MG, Collin, HA, Tregova, A., Trueman, L., Brown, L., Cosstick, R., Hughes, J., Milne, J., Wilkinson, MC., Tomsett AB. and Thomas B. (2007) Invited Mini-Review: The Biochemical and Physiological Genesis of Alliin in Garlic. Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Science and Biotechnology 1 21-24.

Hughes, J., Collin, H.A., Tregova, A., Tomsett, A.B., Cosstick R., and Jones, M.G. (2006) Effect of Low Storage Temperature on Some of the Flavour Precursors in Garlic (Allium Sativum) Plant Foods for Human Nutrition 61 81-85.

J Hughes, A Tregova, AB Tomsett, MG Jones, R Cosstic and HA Collin (2005) Synthesis of the flavour precursor, alliin, in garlic tissue cultures. Phytochemistry 66 187 - 194.

T Crowther, HA Collin, B Smith, A B Tomsett, D O’Connor and MG Jones (2005) Assessment of the flavour of fresh uncooked onions by taste-panels and analysis of flavour precursors, pyruvate and sugars. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 85 112 - 120.

We presented some of our work at the Fourth International ISHS Symposium on Edible Alliaceae (Alliums 2004) in Beijing, 21 - 26 April 2004. This was published in 2005 in the Acta Horticulturae book series, volume 688, Proceedings of the IVth International Symposium on Edible Alliaceae,  pp. 165-172 (ed) L Guangshu

A short account of the Alliums 2004 meeting was published in 'Onion World' in July/August 2004.

Collin, HA. (2004) Garlic and cardiovascular disease. in Functional foods, diet, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. eds A Arnoldi and F Dodds. Woodhead Publishings, UK.

We presented some of our work in the 'Sulphur Metabolism in Plants - Integrating Complexity' session at the Society for Experimental Biology meeting at Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh, 29 March - 2 April 2004. An abstract of this talk was published in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A (2004) volume 137, page S236. A review giving the background to the talk appeared in the Journal of Experimental Botany (see below).

MG Jones, J Hughes, A Tregova, J Milne, AB Tomsett,and HA Collin. (2004) Biosynthesis of the flavour precursors of onion and garlic. Journal of Experimental Botany 55 (404): 1903 - 1918

MA Haq, HA Collin, AB Tomsett, and MG Jones (2003) Detection of Sclerotium cepivorum within onion plants using PCR primers. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology 62 (3): 185 - 189

Havey MJ, Cantwell M, Jones MG, Jones RW, Schmidt NE, Uhlig J, Watson JF, Yoo KS. (2002) Significant variation exists among laboratories measuring onion bulb quality traits. Hortscience 37 (7): 1086-1087

We presented our work at the UK Onion and Carrot Conference on 'Flavour and Health' in November 2001 and 2003. In 2001 Dr Hamish Collin spoke about 'Understanding Flavour' and we also presented a poster outlining the work on Alliums at the University of Liverpool at both conferences.

We presented our work at the 3rd International Symposium on Edible Alliaceae (Alliums2000) in Athens, Georgia, USA in November 2000.

ul-Haq, MA, Jones, MG, Tomsett, AB and Collins, HA (1998). The effect of white rot disease in onion on activity of the enzyme alliinase. Poster at SEB Annual Meeting, York

Edwards, SJ, Britton G and Collin HA (1994). The biosynthetic pathway of the S-alk(en)yl -L-cysteine sulphoxides (flavour precursors) in species of Allium. Plant, Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 38 181-188

Edwards SJ, Musker D, Collin HA and Britton G (1994). The analysis of S-alk(en)yl-L-cysteine sulphoxides (flavour precursors) from species of Allium by high performance liquid chromatography. Phytochemical Analysis 5 4-9

Collin HA and Britton G (1993) Flavour production in tissue cultures of onion. In: Biotechnology and Agriculture and Forestry, vol 15 Medicinal and Aromatic Plants III (ed YPS Bajaj) Springer-Verlag pp 23-40

Collin HA, Musker D and Britton G (1989). Compartmentation of flavour precursors in onion. In: 2nd International Symposium of Primary and Secondary Metabolism of Plant Cell Cultures (eds WGW Kurz & F Constable) Springer-Verlag pp 475-485

Collin HA and Musker D (1988). Allium compounds. In: Cell Culture and Somatic Cell Genetics of Plants, vol 5, Phytochemicals in Cell Cultures (eds IK Vasil & F Constable) Academic Press pp 475-439

Collin HA (1988). Flavours. In: Cell Culture and Somatic Cell Genetics of Plants, vol 5, Phytochemicals in Cell Cultures (eds IK Vasil & F Constable) Academic Press pp 569-585

Musker D, Britton G and Collin HA (1988). The effect of picloram on flavour precursor biosynthesis in callus cultures of Allium cepa (L). In: Manipulating Secondary Metabolism in Culture (eds R. Robins & M. Rhodes) CUP pp 177-186