Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy

Agriculture & Food

Agriculture and Food


Agriculture and Food is one of our 10 main research themes. Find out about what we do, and which members of staff are involved.

The world faces huge challenges in meeting food, water, energy and environmental demands. These are imposed by a growing population projected to reach nine billion by 2050. 

Food productivity must increase by 70%. At the same time we must combat poverty and hunger. 

Moreover, these demands must be met in an economically viable and sustainable fashion. They must preserve biodiversity and health.

Our research

Synthetic Biology offers new solutions to these problems. It has the potential to develop new crops that:

  • use less water, pesticides and fertilizer
  • are more resistant to air and soil pollutants
  • produce less carbon dioxide
  • are produced more efficiently

Find out about our research theme staff members.


Find out which members of staff are involved in the Agriculture and Food research theme.

Dr David Bolam
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8711

Professor Anne Borland
Emerita Professor

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4803

Dr Richard Daniel
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3239