Organisation profile

Organisation profile


Plants for improved food, fuel, and well-being

The Centre's focus is fundamental and applied research into mechanisms that determine plant traits with agronomical, nutritional and health benefits. Interdisciplinary approaches with wild, vegetable, ornamental and crop model species target molecular, biochemical and biophysical key processes decisive for improved plant performance in changing environments and for the society's growing demands in food security and sustainable agriculture. Research projects include European Network Consortia and in plant Systems and Synthetic Biology close collaboration with staff in the Department of Computer Science, RHUL. The Centre's research groups have collaboration projects with industrial and academic partners including Syngenta, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG, KWS SAAT AG, CABI, John Innes Centre, Rothamsted Research and with other universities as well as research centres in Europe and world-wide. This research focus is central to the RHUL Research Theme "Sustainability and Global Security".


Dr Laurence BindschedlerProteomics of host-pathogen interactions
Professor Laszlo BögreMolecular determinants of plant growth and crop yield
Professor Peter BramleyCarotenoids, food proteomics and metabolomics
Dr Paul DevlinPhytochrome signalling and circadian clock
Dr Alessandra DevotoResponses to stress, metabolites for health and fuel from cell walls
Professor Paul FraserThe production of high-value industrial and nutritional plant products
Professor Gerhard Leubner Seed science and seedling establishment -
Dr Enrique Lopez-JuezLeaf and chloroplast development under light control
Dr Tony SteadFlower senescence
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UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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