Agriculture professor Gareth Edwards-Jones dies at 48

Professor Gareth Edwards-Jones
Image caption Professor Gareth Edwards-Jones had research interests spanning a range of issues

A professor working at Bangor and Aberystwyth universities has died aged 48 following an illness.

Gareth Edwards-Jones was the professor of agriculture at Bangor University and Waitrose professor of sustainable agriculture at Aberystwyth University.

A farmer's son from Denbighshire, he had research interests spanning a range of issues concerned with food production and use of the environment.

Prof Edwards-Jones is survived by his wife, Emma, and two children.

A Bangor spokesperson said the university was extremely saddened by his death, adding: "He was a highly respected academic who had published widely in relation to his specialised field of agriculture and land use.

"He also made a significant contribution to Welsh agriculture and the study of environmental science."

The spokesman said Prof Edwards-Jones played a role "more generally" within the university, "presenting, over the years, a number of prominent individuals for honorary fellowships and degrees".

"He was a well-liked colleague and lecturer and will be sadly missed by all at the university," the statement added.

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