Peter Lutman awarded BCPC medal at CropWorld Global

7th Nov 2011

Over the last 30 years, Peter has worked in weed biology, ecology and control in arable crops at three ARC/AFRC/BBSRC research institutes in the UK (WRO, Long Ashton and Rothamsted), in project leader roles, and becoming Head of Weed Ecology Group at Rothamsted in 1995. Over his long career, Peter 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.

During his career Dr Peter 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,"

Peter was Executive Committee member and UK Treasurer of the European Weed Research Society, member of the British Beet Research Organisation's scientific advisory committee, and editor of the Journal of Weed Research.

In 1999 he chaired the BCPC symposium on Gene Flow and Agriculture –relevance for Transgenic Crops and between 1987 and 2007 he acted as Session Organiser/Vice Chairman for the BCPC Conferences and the International Plant Protection Congress. He is also Technical Secretary of the BCPC R&D Sub-committee (Weeds).

More recently Peter has been involved in a LINK project on the impact of uncropped land on the wider diversity of arable farms; an HGCA study on spatially selective weed control; a World Bank/FAO project on the impact of agricultural knowledge, science and technology on food production and the environment in Europe and N. America and a Syngenta-funded project on the role of crop management on black-grass.

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