Sustainable agriculture

Our mission is to play a leading role in mitigating the global food security crisis through the conservation of agriculturally significant species and use of a diverse range of modern molecular genetics and genomics approaches.

Central to the theme of the Agriculture and Food Systems Challenges (AFSC) is a need to maintain and improve the yield of crops.

The world’s plant genetic resources hold great value for world food security, but they are under considerable threat. Biodiversity is at risk from multiple threats including climate change. Crop improvement depends on the genetic diversity existing in our plant genetic resources, which are currently inadequately conserved and used. The genetic diversity contained within plants, particularly of species that are wild relatives of our crops, is essential to our ability to respond to the new stresses in the agricultural environment inherent with climate change. We consider how they may be conserved, and what new technologies can be implemented to enhance their use.

Projects available under this theme

Projects were announced on 22 December 2017. Applications close on 23 March 2018.