Driven by impact, fuelled by excellence

Sustainable food for everyone

The Crop Science Centre is a coalition between the University of Cambridge and NIAB, that combines their diverse expertise to create an environment for research excellence, with the capability to apply discoveries to crop improvement in the field.

University of Cambridge NIAB

About us

We are a Cambridge-based research centre that strives to deliver transformative technologies aimed at sustainably increasing agricultural productivity for all the world’s farmers.

We focus on staple food crops such as wheat, rice, maize and potato, as well as some of the crops specifically relevant to small-holder farmers, such as cowpea and sweet potato.

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CSC Building

We deliver transformative technologies that sustainably increase agricultural productivity

What our team has to say

Years of research has provided a deep understanding of how plants function, creating opportunities to transform the way we produce our food. I am motivated to improve the sustainability and the equity of food production worldwide.

Professor Giles Oldroyd
CSC Director

At the Crop Science Centre we have the scientific breadth and track record to rapidly respond to one of the grand challenges of our time: growing enough nutritious food for an increasing population while reducing inputs and green house emissions.

Professor Mario Caccaro
CEO and Director of NIAB

We envisage that new CSC crop technologies will enable higher crop yields and lower environmental impact for crop-based food production – as well as contributing to improved dietary health.

Sir David Baulcombe
Royal Society Professor

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