The University of Warwick’s School of Life Sciences is an international centre of excellence with more than 80% of its research rated as ‘world leading or internationally excellent’ in the UK REF 2014 assessment. Research falls into four themes: Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Environmental Bioscience, and Plant and Crop Science. The Plant and Crop Science theme includes research on vegetable crop genetics and crop improvement, managing pests, pathogens and weeds that impact on agricultural productivity, soil-microbe-root ecosystems, nutrient availability and land management. Warwick Crop Centre is part of the School of Life Sciences and is an internationally-recognised centre for translational research in sustainable agriculture, horticulture and food security. Fresh produce, including ornamentals, is its speciality but there is research on other crops, including oil seed rape. A wide range of research is undertaken in specialist laboratory, field and glasshouse-based facilities to provide high quality science expertise in areas including crop breeding, plant pathology, entomology, agronomy, crop nutrition and environmental research. Warwick Crop Centre works collaboratively with industry through directly-funded projects, levy-funded projects and other schemes to provide innovative solutions to today’s agricultural and horticultural issues and to help maintain a competitive and sustainable farming industry.
The University of Warwick coordinates Work package 2 and is collaborating in all other work packages.