Bill Angus joined the Plant Breeding Institute (PBI), Cambridge, Wheat
Breeding Programme in 1973 after graduating from the University of
Liverpool. In 1984 he joined the Nickerson Seed Company and was
promoted to Head of Wheat Breeding and then International Wheat
R&D Manager and Senior Wheat Breeder for Limagrain. During this
period leading varieties such as Claire, Einstein, Alchemy and Invicta
were brought to the UK market.
On a wider front, he has co-edited the authoritative World Wheat Books.
He served on the BCPC Strategy Board from 2004-2007, was awarded
a BCPC medal in 2011 and the RASE Technology Award in 2007. He was
appointed to the BBSRC Strategy Advisory Board in Feb 2010 and served
as Chairman of the BBSRC Horticulture and Potato Initiative (HAPI).
In 2016 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees at Cimmyt
(International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre, Mexico).
William (Bill) J. Angus joined the Plant Breeding Institute (PBI),
Cambridge, Wheat Breeding Programme in 1973 after graduating
in Genetics from the University of Liverpool. At PBI he specialised in
spring wheat breeding where he introduced the concept of autumn
sown spring wheat – now an established strategy for UK wheat
growers. He also introduced high-yielding breadmaking spring
wheats, such as Highbury and Wembley, into the UK market.
In 1984 he joined the Nickerson Seed Company and gained exposure
to hybrid wheat breeding as well as developing the winter wheat
programme in the UK. He was promoted to Head of Wheat Breeding
in 1987 and developed the Nickerson UK market share from 4% to a
market-leading position of 44% (2009).
During this period, leading varieties such as Buster (the first variety
specifically for use in animal feed), Zodiac, Spark, Claire, Einstein,
Alchemy, Istabraq, Nijinsky and Invicta were brought to the UK market.
More recently Crusoe - a nabim Group 1 breadmaking variety -
was added to the UK Recommended List.
Bill introduced the concept of detailed husbandry support for varieties
– bringing together a multidisciplinary approach to wheat growing in
With the transition to Limagrain, Bill integrated the Advanta and
Innoseeds wheat breeding activities – resulting in the current plant
breeding activity known in the UK as ‘LG Seeds’
His last role with the group was as International Wheat R & D Manager
for Groupe Limagrain and Senior Wheat Breeder for Limagrain UK.
This involved the development of hybrid wheat and evaluation of
opportunities for genetically modified wheat, as well as integrating
new technologies such as single seed descent, double haploids and
marker assisted selection into the international programmes.
He coordinated the international wheat breeding activities of
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other consultancy work