Phil has worked for almost 30 years in crop genetics and breeding, including ten years breeding wheat for Syngenta. Since 2007, he has been instrumental in establishing NIAB’s leading cereal pre-breeding position, crossing and selecting within diverse pre-breeding germplasm and developing multi-founder MAGIC wheat populations.
Currently, Phil is active across several species including wheat, barley, legumes, oilseeds and fibre crops. He leads NIAB’s germplasm development within the Designing Future Wheat and IWYP European Winter Wheat Hub projects. His research interests broadly centre around improving yield and quality under lower inputs.