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The New Cambridge Centre for Crop Science - 3CS

Huge demands will be placed on global agriculture in the coming generations.

Increasing prosperity, changing lifestyle aspirations and urbanisation are putting pressure on land use and biodiversity.

Climate change and degradation of ecosystems make it ever more difficult to meet global demand for food where the number of undernourished people in the world currently is estimated at 925 million. Whereas meeting this challenge will require economic, political and infrastructural shifts, feeding the world’s population will for the most part rely on increasing our crop yields. This in turn will rely on making significant progress in the fundamental science of plants, microbes and soils.

The goal of sustainable crop production and equitable food distribution will require a new generation to be trained in modern biotechnology and traditional plant breeding. 

A partnership between the University of Cambridge and NIAB will enhance research in crop sciences, promote knowledge exchange and develop resilience in food security.

The collaboration between Department of Plant Sciences, the Sainsbury Laboratory and NIAB will advance scientific capacity and replace lost expertise, by offering opportunities for career progression and enhancement.


Major funding for new crop sciences research centre announced

Over £30m has been announced for a new Cambridge Centre for Crop Science that will focus on linking with farming and food industries to translate research into real world impact. 

Inaugural Lecture Wednesday 16 March 2016, SLCU

Mapping main and interacting QTLs within the arabidopsis multiparent RIL (AMPRIL) population, Dr Korbinian Schneeberger, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany. Download flyer for this event

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 24 February 2016 at the Ministry of Earth Sciences in New Delhi between India’s Department of Biotechnology and a consortium of British research institutions for the establishment of a joint UK-India collaboration programme in crop science.