Dr Ewen Mullins is a Senior Research Officer with Teagasc (Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority) and oversees a work programme focussed on investigating the impact genetic engineering could have on the Irish tillage sector while also exploring biotech-based strategies to improve varietal resistance against economically important fungal diseases. After completing a B. Sc at NUI Maynooth, he was awarded a Ph.D. from UCC in crop breeding. He conducted post-doctoral research with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Horticultural Research Laboratory in Orlando, Florida and then at the Department of Plant Pathology at The Pennsylvania State University. In 2002, he accepted a research position with Teagasc to conduct research to assess the risk/benefit of genetically modified (GM). Since then his programme has expanded at Teagasc to examine the impact of novel breeding techniques as a means to reduce the tillage sector’s reliance on crop protectants. He currently leads a research team of post-docs, PhD and MSc students, interns at Oak Park.