Mark Harrison

Mark is an analytical chemist in the food science team at Fera. He is the lead operative of our two Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometers and has utilised this technology for profiling a wide variety of plant, food and biological samples for markers of various stresses, authenticity and disease. The food authenticity team operate a range of cutting edge technologies and methodologies, both targeted and non-targeted, for analytical problem solving and authenticity confirmation within the food sector from farm to fork.

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  • Area of expertise
    Food Authenticity
  • Years of experience
    18
  • Highest qualification

Mark has expertise in isotope ratio analysis with over 16 years experience overseeing Fera’s capabilities in this area. He represents the UK as the technical expert for analytical control within the EU wine sector and has trained new member state laboratories in specialist isotopic techniques (Site Specific Natural Isotope Fractionation SNIF-NMR). Mark has been involved in a number of research programmes most notably ABSTRESS (Improving the resistance of legume crops to combined abiotic and biotic stress) where he spent time in France (INRA, Dijon) developing methods for the profiling of legume leaves and roots for markers of drought stress and disease and TRACE (Tracing Food Commodities in Europe) delivering training courses in wine and honey analysis. Mark coordinates Fera’s analytical services in relation to honey and has particular expertise in the authenticity of manuka honey.

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Comparing the effect of digestate and chemical fertiliser on soil bacteria Applied Soil Ecology, Volume 86, February 2015, Pages 1-9 Melanie Sapp, Mark Harrison, Ummey Hany, Adrian Charlton, Richard Thwaites.

Identification of botanical biomarkers found in Corsican honey Food Chemistry, Volume 118, Issue 4, 15 February 2010, Pages 987-994 James A. Donarski, Stephen A. Jones, Mark Harrison, Malcolm Driffield, Adrian J. Charlton.

Adaptive binning: An improved binning method for metabolomics data using the undecimated wavelet transform Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems, Volume 85, Issue 1, 15 January 2007, Pages 144-154 Richard A. Davis, Adrian J. Charlton, John Godward, Mark Harrison, Julie C. Wilson.

A predictive model for authenticating Scotch Whisky using 1H Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and chemometrics Wordwide Distilled Spirits Conference, Chapter 80, 2015, Pages 393-396 Adrian J. Charlton, Mark Harrison, Giampaolo Venditti and Ian Goodall.

Responses of the pea (Pisum sativum L.) leaf metabolome to drought stress assessed by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Metabolomics 4(4):312-327(Dec2008) Adrian J. Charlton, James A. Donarski, Mark Harrison, Stephen A. Jones, John Godward, Sarah Oehlschlager, Juan L. Arques, Mike Ambrose, Catherine Chinoy, Philip M. Mullineaux, Claire Domoney.

Mark and their team work with customers to deliver the following services within Fera...


Food Contact Materials Testing

Our work involves targeted and non targeted analysis of known and unknown migrants. Analysis can be carried out in complex matrices (foods, food simulants and food contact materials and articles) utilising a range of advanced chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques.

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Contaminant Testing

Our experts focus on the scientific research relating to intentionally added food components and to those arising from chemical changes during food processing, bioactive chemicals and natural toxicants.

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Authenticity Testing

Fera's analysts use industry leading techniques and cutting edge technologies to ensure compliance with food safety regulations, protecting public health and traceability.

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Latest Papers and Articles

Comparing the effect of digestate and chemical fertiliser on soil bacteria Applied Soil Ecology, Volume 86, February 2015, Pages 1-9 Melanie Sapp, Mark Harrison, Ummey Hany, Adrian Charlton, Richard Thwaites.

Identification of botanical biomarkers found in Corsican honey Food Chemistry, Volume 118, Issue 4, 15 February 2010, Pages 987-994 James A. Donarski, Stephen A. Jones, Mark Harrison, Malcolm Driffield, Adrian J. Charlton.

Adaptive binning: An improved binning method for metabolomics data using the undecimated wavelet transform Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems, Volume 85, Issue 1, 15 January 2007, Pages 144-154 Richard A. Davis, Adrian J. Charlton, John Godward, Mark Harrison, Julie C. Wilson.

A predictive model for authenticating Scotch Whisky using 1H Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and chemometrics Wordwide Distilled Spirits Conference, Chapter 80, 2015, Pages 393-396 Adrian J. Charlton, Mark Harrison, Giampaolo Venditti and Ian Goodall.

Responses of the pea (Pisum sativum L.) leaf metabolome to drought stress assessed by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Metabolomics 4(4):312-327(Dec2008) Adrian J. Charlton, James A. Donarski, Mark Harrison, Stephen A. Jones, John Godward, Sarah Oehlschlager, Juan L. Arques, Mike Ambrose, Catherine Chinoy, Philip M. Mullineaux, Claire Domoney.

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Mark and their team work with customers to deliver the following services within Fera...


Food Contact Materials Testing

Our work involves targeted and non targeted analysis of known and unknown migrants. Analysis can be carried out in complex matrices (foods, food simulants and food contact materials and articles) utilising a range of advanced chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques.

Learn more

Contaminant Testing

Our experts focus on the scientific research relating to intentionally added food components and to those arising from chemical changes during food processing, bioactive chemicals and natural toxicants.

Learn more

Authenticity Testing

Fera's analysts use industry leading techniques and cutting edge technologies to ensure compliance with food safety regulations, protecting public health and traceability.

Learn more

All Our Food Safety Science

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