See plots of Limagrain's current varieties and visit the new Innovation Zone, which demonstrates key traits introduced by breeders in recent years, leading to step changes in OSR performance for clubroot, TuYV (Turnip Yellows Virus) resistance and pod shatter tolerance.
Dr Vasilis Gegas (MSc, CM, PhD), Limagrain UK’s Head of Oilseeds Breeding, and members of his team will be on-hand at the event to chat with growers and answer any burning questions they may have.
The Experts: Les Daubney & Dr Vasilis Gegas
Les Daubney graduated from Sheffield University in 1979 with a BSc honours degree in Animal & Plant Biology. He returned to his holiday job with John Waring (Grain) Ltd whilst applying for a range of jobs with plant breeders (including Nickerson) and government agencies, such as ADAS. In the meantime he was offered the opportunity to manage the company’s newly acquired seed plant and so entered the seed trade.
Over a 10 year period, Les was responsible for all aspects of seed production for the company, until it entered receivership in 1989. At this time, Les joined Dalgety (now Agrii), at Bracebridge Heath, where he enjoyed 16 years of service, with a wide range of responsibilities including; sales support, seed contracting, and seed packing and distribution.
In 2006, Les joined Nickerson (now Limagrain UK Ltd) with a dual-role placing seed production contracts and coordinating the company’s vining pea activities. In 2009, Les became the Pulse and Oilseed product manager and a year later assumed full responsibility for the Vining Pea crop.
In 2015, Les relinquished responsibility for the Pulse and Vining pea crops but assumed product management of the cereal portfolio. A year later he was promoted to Marketing Director, Arable Seeds.
Throughout his career, a strong background in genetics, mycology and botany has been central to a thorough understanding of the technical aspects of plant breeding. Communication of the benefits of varietal characteristics and traits has been honed throughout his career by a close association with sales teams, agronomists and farmers and by having a clear understanding of their needs.
Les will be on Limagrain UK Stand 914, on both days of the Cereals event.
Dr Vasilis Gegas
Dr Vasilis Gegas is the Limagrain Senior Oilseed Rape Breeder for the Maritime zone, based at the company’s UK headquarters in Lincolnshire.
After completing a BSc Hons in Plant Biology and Crop Production in his home country, Greece, he undertook an MSc on Plant Genetic Manipulation at the University of Nottingham. Dr Gegas completed his PhD at the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at John Innes Centre, where he combined phenomics, quantitative genetics and environmental modelling to decipher the mechanisms that underpin leaf development in the model Brassica species Arabidopsis.
He subsequently jointed the Department of Crop Genetics at John Innes Centre, as a post-doctoral research fellow, to work on the genetics of wheat grain development, with emphasis on the genetic components that determine grain shape and size in modern wheat varieties and ancestral species.
Dr Gegas has been actively involved in numerous industry-academia projects (BBSRC, LINK, Innovate UK) on subjects ranging from plant nutrition to plant pathogens and pests. He is currently the co-supervisor of several PhD students in collaborative projects with UK universities and he chairs the stakeholder forum for OREGIN. Dr Gegas has published in leading research journals, such as The Plant Cell and The Plant Journal, and he has contributed chapters in two books.
Vasilis will be on Limagrain UK Stand 914, on one day of the Cereals event.