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Editor Profile: Brian R. Hicks has been the editor of Crop Protection Monthly (CPM) since it was launched at the Brighton Crop Protection Conference in November 1989 by the consultancy and publishing group British Sulphur, part of CRU International Ltd, London, UK. He later acquired the business newsletter from CRU International Ltd in 1997.   

Before becoming CPM's editor, Brian worked for over ten years in various European market research and marketing management roles for several international companies, including Uniroyal Chemical Ltd and Velsicol Chemical. 

Brian is fluent in French and German and also has a good command of Italian. As  well as editing CPM, he is a regular contributor to other journals such as International Pest Control, World Food Regulation Review and Outlooks on Pest Management (formerly known as Pesticide Outlook).  

Brian has written numerous detailed business reports on the crop protection industry for Agrow Reports, part of PJB Publications Ltd, Richmond, UK, and other publishers.


Brian is a long-standing member of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists, the Society of Chemical Industry, Reading Joggers, and, through Market Scope Europe Ltd, of Reading Chamber of Commerce, part of the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group.  

He has a keen interest in left-handedness, coming from a family with a high incidence of this trait. Brian has written articles about left-handedness for several newspapers and has a collaboration with the Munich-based German expert, Dr J B Sattler

He assisted the German company, Christoph Felder Filmproduction, with the research and UK filming for a 45-minute TV documentary about  left-handedness. It was transmitted in both French (under the title Gauchers) and German (Linkshnder) by the Franco-German TV channel Arte at 19.00 hours on 3 December 2003.

Born in West Yorkshire, England, Brian was educated at Bradford Grammar School, from where he won a major open scholarship in natural sciences to Wadham College, Oxford University. He graduated with a degree in biochemistry in 1975. 

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