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A networking organisation for plants-related research and impact
CambPlants provides access to networks and knowledge exchange between businesses, entrepreneurs, policy makers and researchers. It provides a conduit for the application of plant science-related knowledge across the University of Cambridge, and far beyond. CambPlants has or continues to support the following current and past present multi-discplinary initiatives, centres and projects led by researchers across the University of Cambridge working on plant science-related research.

Agri-Tech East 

Agri-Tech East is a new cluster aimed at improving the international competitiveness and sustainability of plant-based agriculture and horticulture. In order to exploit the impact possibilities which are enabled by the membership, CambPlants has a group of UCAM 'gatekeepers', who represent the different Departments and Initiatives, and liaise directly with Dr Belinda Clarke, the Director of Agri-Tech East. Find out more about Agri-Tech East.

Algal Biotechnology Consortium

The Algal Biotechnology Consortium involves a large multidisciplinary group of scientists who aim to use algae (including cyanobacteria) for a number of different applications in the biotechnology and bioenergy industry. Find out more about the Algal Biotechnology Consortium.

Cambridge Bioenergy Initiative

The Cambridge Bioenergy Initiative brings together a wide spectrum of experts, including plant scientists, biochemists, conservation scientists, engineers, chemical engineers and economists from across the University to develop forms of bioenergy that are sustainable, ethically and socially responsible and do not compete with food crops. Find out more about the Cambridge Bioenergy Initiative.

Cambridge Conservation Initiative

Cambridge Conservation Initiative is a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading biodiversity conservation organisations in and around Cambridge. The work of the initiative is supported by CambPlants. Find out more about the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.

Cambridge Partnership for Plant Science

CPPS exists to strengthen and integrate pure and applied research in plant sciences, biology, genetics and biotechnology in and around Cambridge. It promotes research opportunities between the academic arena, research institutes and local industry through dedicated lectures, workshops, newsletters and networking events. The work of CPPS is supported by CambPlants. Find out more about the Cambridge Partnership for Plant Science.


Cambridge-India Network in Translational Nitrogen (CINTRIN) is a collaborative virtual centre between the UK and India, assisted by CambPlants, working to exploit and translate developmental biology research into innovation in nitrogen use by farmers. Find out more about the CINTRIN project.

Crop Science Centre

A collaboration between the University of Cambridge and NIAB, the Crop Science Centre brings together research and industry in one place to tackle the challenges we face in feeding a growing global population. Find out more about how CambPlants supported the creation of the new centre here.

Global Food Security IRC

Supported by CambPlants the Global Food Security IRC is a cross-disciplinary initiative that aims to develop sustainable, socially equitable and ecologically successful solutions to meet the challenges of global food security. Find out more about the Global Food Security IRC here.

Hidden Power of Moss

Led by the Department of Biochemistry, assisted by CambPlants, the Hidden Power of Moss initiative designs prototypes that demonstrate how biological fuel cells can harness energy from plants. Find out more about the Hidden Power of Moss project.

Lignocellulosic Biomaterials and Bioenergy

Led by researchers in the Department of Biochemistry, the Lignocellulosic Bioenergy project focuses on utilising parts of food and materials crops that are normally discarded as waste, as well as species that flourish on marginal land with minimal agricultural inputs. Find out more about the Lignocellulosic Bioenergy project.

Natural Material Innovation Centre

Led by the Department of Architecture and supported by CambPlants, the Natural Material Innovation Initiative explores the development of the potential for natural materials in the built environment. Find out more about the Natural Material Innovation Centre.

Plant and Algal Biotechnology

Plant and Algal Biotechnology research in Cambridge brings together molecular biologists, physiologists, chemists, engineers and chemical engineers to facilitate the development of future biotechnology and bioenergy solutions. It is tackling several areas of plant and algal biotechnology, including the highly complex issue of bioenergy and the development of higher value compounds and chemicals using plants and algae as sustainable bio-factories, with a holistic approach. Find out more about the University's Plant and Algal Biotechnology Research.

Young Innovators Forum 

Designed to help scientists and farmers understand more about each others' worlds, the Young Innovators Forum and aims to help bridge the gap between research and production. Find out more about the Young Innovators Forum here.