With a rapidly increasing and industrialising global population, demand for food is set to double by 2050. At the same time, the land available for food production is decreasing, owing to climate change and land use changes.
The University of Bristol is a key partner with Exeter University and Rothamstead research in the Food Security and Land Research Alliance.
Bristol's particular strengths include world leading cereal genomics, understanding of farmed ecosystems and their nutrient cycles and animal health and welfare.
Working through the Alliance and the Cabot Institute, researchers are helping to ensure a safe, secure and sustainable global food supply.
Our researchers are working in the following areas:
- food security of animal production and animal welfare for a new agricultural age
- supporting farmers to prevent disease in livestock and crops
- increasing cereal yields with fewer resources
- supporting access to nutritious and affordable food
Food security case studies
- Helping UK wheat breeders through genomics
- Ensuring sustainable and responsible production of healthy food from healthy animals
- Cooling the earth with crops
- Impacts of agriculture on greenhouse methane capture by soil
- Sheep scab: mapping foci for targeted control
- Putting a stop to pain and distress in farm animals
- Parasitoid webs in organic and conventional farming systems
The need for research to help secure global food security and at the same time ensure resilient land management lies at the heart of the FSLRA.
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