‘Combining soil health, resilient and productive crops and livestock, novel diagnostics and predictive modelling to promote resilient, sustainable food production’

Food production needs to become more efficient in its use of resources without compromising the ecosystem and social services that agricultural landscapes provide. At the same time we also need to prevent any reduction in our current production capacity by mitigating the effects of climate change, reducing land and water degradation and protecting production from pests, weeds and diseases.

This theme takes a systems-approach to sustainable food production, including focus areas on precision agriculture, improved diagnostics for crop and livestock diseases, enhanced soil function and genomics for animal and plant breeding.

Professor Les Firbank

Sustainable Food Production Theme Lead

Featured Projects

Key Contacts

Professor Ari Sadanandom

Durham University

Dr Martin Parry

Lancaster University

Professor Les Firbank

The University of Leeds

Professor Paul Knox

University of Leeds

Professor Martin Mortimer

The University of Liverpool

Professor Bruce Grieve

The University of Manchester

Professor David Johnson

The University of Manchester

Professor William Willats

Newcastle University

Professor Tim Daniell

The University of Sheffield

Professor Sue Hartley

The University of York

Knowledge Exchange Fellows

Dr Dana Macgregor

Durham University

Dr Shane Rothwell

Lancaster University

Dr Amy Taylor

The University of Leeds

Dr Peter Glen Walley

The University of Liverpool

Dr Catherine Tetard-Jones

Newcastle University

Dr Harry Langford

The University of Sheffield

Dr Sally Howlett

The University of York

Dr James Stockdale

The University of York