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Cambridge Global Food Security

A Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge

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Research Themes (collection)

Food and Health

 
Food Landscapes

 
Global Governance and Food Security

 
Infectious Diseases and Food Security

 
Land Resources and Regulatory Influences

 
Modelling for Food Security

 
Plant Biology and Food Security

Increasing the yield of crop plants is a major facet of increasing food security, and one way to do this is from understanding plant biology. Once we understand the underlying biology, we can optimise those inputs key to plant growth, and minimise disruptive factors, as well as ensuring plants are resilient to potential climate changes. Within the Initiative, this is approached from the study of several aspects of plant biology: from the study of insect pests, and how they spread diseases; of efficient forms of photosynthesis, and of how epigenetically encoded variation can be exploited in breeding, as well as how RNA silencing can act in development. This theme also encapsulates work on optimising the extraction of lignocellulosic biofuels from plant waste, in order to relieve the food vs fuel dilemma, as well as work on archaeobotany and archaeogenetics, in the context of the broader archaeology of food.

Political Economy of Hunger and Food Supply

 
Supply Chains and Food Security

 

Global food security is a major research priority for UK and international science.

Cambridge Global Food Security is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge. We promote an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the challenge of ensuring all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and preferences for an active and healthy life. 

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Upcoming events

GM Food: What's the Problem?

Oct 17, 2017

Department of Plant Sciences, Downing Site, Cambridge

Before the Flood, with expert Q&A

Oct 20, 2017

Seminar Room 1, David Attenborough Building, Cambridge

What's stopping your diet being more sustainable?

Oct 24, 2017

Department of Plant Sciences, Downing Site, Cambridge

Total Food 2017

Oct 31, 2017

Institute of Food Research, Norwich, NR4 7UA

REAP Conference 2017

Nov 07, 2017

Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton

Upcoming events