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BCPC Medals Awarded at CropWorld Global

01 November 2011

UK - BCPC has awarded its highest accolade, the BCPC Medal to William (Bill) J. Angus, Dr. Peter J.W. Lutman, Dr. John Fisher and Dr. Richard (Dick) J. Godwin FREng.

The presentations were made by BCPC Chairman, Dr. Colin Ruscoe on the first day of this year’s CropWorld Global conference held at the ExCel Conference and Exhibition Centre, London between 31 October and 2 November 2011.

BCPC medals are awarded to people who have made an outstanding contribution to environmentally-sound crop production.

On learning of his award Bill J. Angus said: “I am extremely grateful to BCPC for recognising my contribution to British agriculture with this award. I think it is a positive reflection of the way in which the UK is looking to create more output using a combination of plant genetics and appropriate chemistry. I have always been involved with wheat programmes, which have placed a high level of emphasis on disease resistance breeding but always stressed the need for this to be complemented by targeted agro-chemical use. This approach has been vindicated by this award and hopefully will send a strong signal about how we can produce higher output in a sustainable and environmentally sensitive manner.”

Bill joined the Wheat Breeding Programme at the Plant Breeding Institute (PBI), Cambridge in 1973 where he specialised in spring wheat breeding. In 1984 he joined the Nickerson Seed Company and was soon promoted to Head of Wheat Breeding. Bill was a key player in developing the Nickerson UK market share from 4 per cent to a leading position of 44 per cent by 2009, and further introduced the concept of detailed husbandry support for varieties – bringing together a multidisciplinary approach to UK wheat growing.

With the transition to Limagrain, Bill integrated the Advanta and Innoseeds wheat breeding activities – resulting in the current wheat activity of Limagrain UK. Until 2011, he served as International wheat R & D manager for Groupe Limagrain and Senior wheat breeder for Limagrain UK coordinating the international wheat breeding activities of the Groupe – currently the most successful wheat breeder in Europe.

Bill has edited the World Wheat Books 1 and 2, served on the BCPC Strategy Board from 2004 - 2007, was awarded the RASE Technology Award in 2007 and was appointed to the BBSRC Strategy Advisory Board in February 2011.

During his career Dr. Peter J.W. Lutman has worked in weed biology, ecology and control in arable crops at three key research institutes in the UK (Weed Research Organisation (WRO), Long Ashton and Rothamsted). After several project leader roles he became Head of the Weed Ecology Group at Rothamsted in 1995. He has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific papers, longer reviews for research sponsors, several book chapters and has made numerous contributions to the agricultural press.

“I’m flattered to be awarded a BCPC medal and to join a group of illustrious crop production experts honoured by BCPC over many years,” said Peter. “BCPC has played a valuable role over more than 50 years in the communication of what is now called translational research (i.e. applied research) to the agricultural community and I like to think that I have played a useful role in resolving weed control problems faced by the industry through my research programmes and my long-time participation in BCPC’s Weeds Working group,”

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