Crop Science Centre

Driven by impact, fuelled by excellence

The Cambridge Landscape

The Crop Science Centre is situated in a prime agricultural area in England. Many of the leading UK and international companies serving the pre-farm gate segment of the market and downstream producers are located in the region. Both the University of Cambridge and NIAB have a wealth of research excellence and are ideally placed to complement each other’s needs. The University is focused on ground-breaking fundamental science, whilst NIAB’s strength lies in moving research into the field, providing value to the agricultural community. Together we can take research from the lab to the field.

The Crop Science Centre is connected with many interdisciplinary networks and initiatives across the University focusing on developing solutions for sustainability and reduction of carbon emissions, including:


CambPlants Hub                            Global Food Security                          Cambridge Global Challenges         


         CSaP   Cambridge Zero     Conservation Research Institute


A series of existing collaborations between NIAB and the University illustrating the Centre themes (Crop Nutrition, Pests and Diseases, and Improving Photosynthesis) include:

  • TIGR2ESS - A UK-India capacity building research partnership translating sustainable cropping systems into health, nutrition and equality  
  • MillNET_i - an interdisciplinary UKRI GCRF programme on biofortified millets in Ethiopia and The Gambia
  • CINTRIN -  Virtual joint centre to establish a pipeline connecting developmental research, crop breeding, agritechnology and extension in India and the UK, focused on nitrogen use 
  • N-Circle - Taking fundamental discoveries about how plants use nitrogen and scaling this to generate new knowledge in wheat, sorghum and millet in chinese agriculture
  • From Arabidopsis to wheat: circadian regulation – physiological, genetic, systems and computational studies to understand how the circadian clock is incorporated in to the biology of the cell 
  • Increasing pollination success in beans - Investigating the genetic potential for breeding plants with a greater floral reward to encourage pollinators
  • Artificial monocot hybrids via grafting – Investigating how to engineer C4 photosynthesis into C3 cereals via grafting 
  • Valorising waste - GCRF project with the University of Ghana and AgriGrub looking at growing algae on AD waste from food waste and feeding it to grubs for protein feed 
  • Enhancing the efficiency of plant breeding - Work on recombination to reduce the effects of linkage drag in wheat and further work looking at the influence of epigenetics on the performance of tomato hybrids