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Gordon Hanks - Associate Fellow

Contact Details

Tel: +44 (0)17 7572 3916; Email:

Research Interests

  • Flower-bulb crops, especially narcissus (daffodil) – crop production and improvement, physiology, pests and diseases
  • Cut-flower crops (field- and tunnel-grown)


Gordon worked for Warwick HRI and its predecessor organisations for over 30 years. He researched the physiology and agronomy of flower-bulb crops, with some forays into the brassica and soft-fruit sectors. Latterly, he specialised in narcissus and non-bulb cut-flower crops. In 2007 he ‘retired’ and became an independent consultant.

The essence of Gordon’s interest in crop production science is the improvement of crop quality, and his work included the development of a daffodil crop model and the integrated control of pests and diseases. Applied research and technology transfer are important to his work.

As an Associate of the Warwick Crop Centre, Gordon is currently working with Dr Rosemary Collier on the causes of ‘daffodil stem rust’ disorder, and with Dr John Clarkson on improving the control of daffodil base rot (Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. narcissi). As an independent his projects include research on the hot-water treatment of daffodils and the evaluation of novel cut-flower crops.

Selected Publications

Hanks, GR (2013). Narcissus manual. Horticultural Development Company, Stoneleigh, UK.

Chastagner, G, Hanks, GR, Pappu, H, Daughtrey, M & Miller, T (2012). Sustainable production and integrated management: Environmental Issues. In: Ornamental geophytes: From basic science to sustainable horticultural production (Kamenetsky, R & Okubo, H, editors), pp. 363-420, Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.

Staikidou, I, Selby, C, Hanks, GR (2006). Development of a medium for in vitro culture of Galanthus species based on the mineral composition of the bulbs. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology, 81, 537-545.

Hanks, GR, Collier, R, O’Neill, T (2005). Identification cards. Pests and diseases. Set 3 – Outdoor and protected flowers. Horticultural Development Council, East Malling, UK.

O’Neill, TM, Hanks, GR, Wilson, DW (2004). Control of smoulder (Botrytis narcissicola) in narcissus with fungicides. Annals of Applied Biology, 145, 129-137.

Wurr, DCE, Fellows, JR, Hanks, GR, Phelps, K (2002). Building simple predictors for Narcissus timing and yield. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology, 77, 589-597.

Hanks, GR (editor) (2002). Narcissus and daffodil: The genus Narcissus. In series Medicinal and aromatic plants – Industrial profiles, Taylor & Francis, London, UK.

Hanks, GR (2002). The biology of Narcissus. In: Narcissus and daffodil: The genus Narcissus, (Hanks, GR, editor), pp. 1-18, Taylor & Francis, London, UK.

Hanks, GR (2002). Commercial production of Narcissus bulbs. In: Narcissus and daffodil: The genus Narcissus, (Hanks, GR, editor), pp. 53-130, Taylor & Francis, London, UK.