This aspect of N8 AgriFood’s work combines 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.