Crop Science Centre

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Christian Rogers

Christian Rogers

Crop Science Centre Head of Operations
Research support

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For the past 10 years Christian has managed the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored programme Enabling Nutrient Symbioses in Agriculture (ENSA) led from the University of Cambridge linking ten institution around the world focussed on delivering a new generation of more sustainable crops less dependent on fertiliser inputs due to enhanced symbiosis with soil microorganisms. Christian has developed a model of centralised crop engineering platforms spanning construct design and assembly, transformation, genetics, characterisation and field testing. In 2014 he founded a crop engineering consortium including academics, breeders, farmers and industry representatives and now works closely with the BMGF's new organisation Gates Ag One integrating the work of their discovery teams with enhanced field trials, product development and deployment capabilities creating a pathway to impact for small-holder farmers. Christian is Head of Operations for the Crop Science Centre managing the development of platforms and infrastructure with a focus on international partnerships.


Speed breeding is a powerful tool to accelerate crop research and breeding. Watson et al., Nature Plants 4, 23–29 2018. Cited by 421 related articles.

Synthetic biology approaches to engineering the nitrogen symbiosis in cereals. Christian Rogers, Giles E.D Oldroyd, Journal of Experimental Botany, Volume 65, Issue 8, May 2014, Pages 1939-1946. Cited by 172 related articles.

Standards for plant synthetic biology: a common syntax for exchange of DNA parts. Patron et al.,New Phytologist, volume 208, Issue 1, October 2015, Pages 13-19. Cited by 193 related articles.

A heat-shock inducible system for flexible gene expression in cereals. Harrington et al., Plant Methods 16, 137 2020.

The Root Hair “Infectome” of Medicago truncatula Uncovers Changes in Cell Cycle Genes and Reveals a Requirement for Auxin Signaling in Rhizobial Infection. Breakspear et al., The Plant Cell, Volume 26, Issue 12, December 2014, Pages 4680 - 4701. Cited by 247 related articles.

LegumeGRN: a gene regulatory network prediction server for functional and comparative studies. Wang et al., PLoS ONE 8(7): e67434, July 2013.

Characterizing standard genetic parts and establishing common principles for engineering legume and cereal roots. Feike et al., Plant Biotechnology Journal, Volume 17, Issue 12, December 2019, Pages 2234-2245.

NIN Acts as a Network Hub Controlling a Growth Module Required for Rhizobial Infection. Liu et al., Plant Physiology, Volume 179, Issue 4, April 2019, Pages 1704-1722. Cited by 43 related articles.