We strive to address the challenge of feeding the growing human population sustainably without devastating our environment.
Contact the food research group
Hayley Shaw, Cabot Institute
Characterising the nature, origins and impact of dissolved organic matter in freshwater ecosystems
From toxic algal blooms to the mobilisation of pollutants, could understanding the complexities of dissolved organic matter help society tackle environmental decline?
Guiding policy on oceans’ food production potential
As an ever-expanding human population creates spiralling demand for food, policymakers are looking to the oceans to help prevent a crisis.
Making cities more pollinator-friendly
As we face an increasingly urban future, we need to protect and cultivate greater biodiversity in our cities for the sake of people and pollinators alike.
Improving the sustainability of livestock farming
The global warming effects of livestock are supposedly well established. But actually, it may be a more complex picture than previously assumed.
Combating crop-destroying viruses in Africa
Whether it affects cassava, yam, cocoa, maize or almost anything else, the decimation of Africa’s key crops by vector-borne viruses is deepening poverty and breeding malnutrition.
What we do and why we have impact
We investigate the confluence between climate change, flood and drought events and plant and animal health; navigating this critical nexus while sustaining or increasing food production.
Our experts span all of the University’s Faculties, from human, animal and plant health to social scientists and are strongly connected to practitioners, from Somerset farmers to UK poverty experts to global development agents.
Among our flagship successes is the ongoing characterisation of the wheat genome; we have identified and shared an open database of genetic markers of direct practical use to breeders across the world.
We continue to make fundamental advances in understanding plant-soil interactions, plant pathogens and the effect of climate change on plant physiology.