Phil Howell

Phil Howell

Crop Genetic Resources group leader

Phil Howell


Since joining NIAB from the commercial sector in 2007, Phil has worked on breeding and pre-breeding projects including NIAB's flagship wheat resynthesis programme, the multi-partner WISP, DFW and DSW wheat pre-breeding initiatives, and the development of wheat MAGIC populations.

Phil now also leads NIAB’s portfolio of pre-breeding work across a range of broad-acre arable crops, including cereals, legumes, potato, speciality oilseeds and others. This is often collaborative work with industry partners from breeding companies, end-users and other parts of the supply chain.

Phil’s input forms a significant part of NIAB’s work to raise the profile of domestic plant protein production through legume crops and other protein sources.

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