Dr David Simpson, until recently the leader of the strawberry breeding team at NIAB EMR, retired at the beginning of 2018. To mark the occasion, members of the East Malling Strawberry Breeding Club made a presentation to David of a voucher to buy equipment for David’s new hobby – welding!
David reminisced that he started the strawberry breeding programme while based at Long Ashton Research Station near Bristol in 1979, and subsequently relocated to East Malling in 1983. Since then, an estimated 500 million plants of East Malling varieties have been sold.
Meiosis wishes David a long, happy and fulfilling retirement.