Dr A. Neil Macgregor graduated BSc and MSc from the University of Otago, and PhD from Cornell University (USA). He is an academic member of the Soil and Earth Sciences Group in the Institute of Natural Resources, Massey University. He has held faculty positions at the University of Arizona (Tucson) and the University of Wisconsin (Madison), and research and technical advisory positions with the Institut National Recherche Agronomique, Montpellier (France) and the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria). He has presented seminar series at the University of the South Pacific, Alafua (Western Samoa), and Makerere University, Kampala (Uganda). He is a member of OPENZ (Organic Produce Exporters of NZ). His primary lecturing and research activities are in cell biology, soil biology and biochemistry (e.g. biological nitrogen fixation), and microbial ecology; and in coordination of the course, Organic Farming Systems. Research activities and interests have centred on the use and stability of microbial inoculants, and the biology and ecology of land-use systems (waste disposal systems and composting, nutrient cycling, biology of organic farming systems, soil quality). He is author/co-author of over 80 publications and presentations.