Who we are
The University of Cambridge (UCAM) has unrivalled strengths in research and teaching excellence, providing a source of knowledge and skills in the region. CambPlants Hub brings together the unique concentration of research expertise in plant processes at UCAM, including the Department of Plant Sciences, the Sainsbury Laboratory, the Algal Innovation Centre, the Department of Biochemistry, and the new Crop Science Centre.
What we do
Broadly, there are five strategic sector themes:
Food Security – Plant pathology, crop protection towards both pathogens and environmental factors, disease resistance and yield improvement. CambPlants Hub brings together the unique concentration of research expertise in plants, including the Department of Plant Sciences, the Sainsbury Laboratory, the Algal Innovation Centre, the Department of Biochemistry, and the new Crop Science Centre, among others.
Climate Science and Ecosystem Conservation – Plant molecular, physiological and environmental responses.
Precision Agriculture/Automation – The development of sensors that assess maturity in plants and plant/animal health, and robotic applications for farming (e.g. crop harvesting). An example is the Agriforwards CDT that was established by the University of Lincoln in collaboration with UCAM and the University of East Anglia.
Food systems and sustainable agriculture – Working towards better use of resources (land, water, energy), more efficient supply chains, and minimising the environmental impact of the road freight sector. Sustainability on agronomy is led by the Department of Zoology; and the UK centre in Agricultural and Horticultural Economics is based in the Department of Land Economy.
Bioenergy – Understanding cell wall biosynthesis, and the use of plants and algae for biofuel and solar fuel production.
UCAM places emphasis on interdisciplinary agricultural research being undertaken through Strategic Research Initiatives such as Cambridge Global Food Security, Synthetic Biology in Cambridge, Conservation Research Institute, the Cambridge Centre for Data-Driven Discovery and the Cambridge Global Challenges. UCAM has an extensive network of industrial interactions both globally and locally, exemplified by the collaborative agri-tech partnership, Ceres.
These are homes to dynamic communities of researchers already addressing crop-related issues, as recognized by support from research councils, government bodies and international agencies.
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