Plant sciences and agriculture: Transforming sustainable food production

Genetic model Arabidopsis thaliana

By 2050 the global human population is projected to exceed 9.7 billion, leading to increased demand for sustainably produced agricultural products.
We make fundamental discoveries to improve the sustainable production of food crops, plant fibre and bioenergy from the same or less land, and how species interactions contribute to the resilience of such communities in an increasingly unpredictable world. To be truly sustainable, plant production must make efficient use of natural resources, such as light, CO2, nutrients and freshwater supplies, and sustain crucial biodiversity, for example pollinator populations and soil microfauna. The research questions we tackle are at the heart of boosting national capability and global development. We catalyse future research central to national and global food security and the bioeconomy.


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