The Crop Science Centre is a coalition between the University of Cambridge, Department of Plant Sciences and NIAB, that focuses on translational research in crops with real-world impact. We combine the diverse skills and expertise of the University and NIAB, providing an environment for research excellence, with the capability to apply discoveries to crop improvement in the field. Our research is interdisciplinary and of global relevance. We strive to improve both staple crops such as maize, wheat and rice, but also the specific crops of relevance to small-holder farmers, particularly those in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Centre provides leadership in crop sciences, with a creative and dynamic research culture, motivated by improvement of agriculture for the betterment of society.
The Centre is an extension of the Department of Plant Sciences, and through co-location of University and NIAB staff it will facilitate cross pollination of ideas and approaches. By bringing crop science researchers together under a single roof the aim is to generate increased translational activities and impact from research.
The Centre focuses around three key pillars of research activity: Crop Nutrition, Pests and Diseases, and Improving Photosynthesis.