The school has five research subject groups: agricultural and environmental sciences, animal sciences, food sciences, nutritional sciences, and plant and crop sciences. Research at the school includes laboratory science, field studies, human surveys and computer modelling approaches.
Agricultural Systems Management
Agricultural Systems Management focuses on improving agricultural production systems, enhancing agricultural sustainability and addressing issues of food security whilst protecting the environment.
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We have an international reputation for research in animal development, reproduction and biotechnology. We are world leaders for research in epigenetics in the study of animals as models for human disease, reproduction, development and nutrition. Neurosciences is another of our core activities with a particular focus on the mechanisms that underpin chronic pain. Our expertise in dietary effects on animal product quality (meat, milk and oocytes) is recognised globally.
The Centre for Applied Bioethics is one of the few UK Research Units focusing on animal and food ethics.
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Environmental sciences encompasses a broad range of interests including fundamental studies of ecosystem processes such as microbiology and antimicrobial resistance, soil science and geochemistry and environmental processes related to soil, air and water pollution, and computer modelling.
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Our research encompasses all levels of food and beverage production contributing to understanding and controlling quality and safety, starting with raw materials though processing to consumer preference and subsequent effects on the body. We have established industry links with large multinationals and small local manufacturers. We are internationally renowned for research on the fundamental understanding of food structure and flavour delivery and its perception. Major research interests are: flavour science; food microbiology and safety; food structure; bioenergy. The group hosts the (BBSRC) National Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynamics.
The brewing science group is a centre of excellence for brewing technologies and research, delivering education, qualifications and consultancy.
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Nutritional Sciences is internationally renowned for research on diet and health, metabolism ageing and disease and global food security. Our core research themes are: developmental origins of disease, food allergy, prevention or utilisation of food waste and efficient meat production. External collaboration with academic institutes and industrial partners promotes knowledge transfer and use of our research in clinical or commercial environments.
Our research comprises a multidisciplinary team with skills in modern molecular techniques, biochemistry, physiology, dietetics and health psychology.
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Plant and Crop Sciences
Plant and Crop Sciences is internationally acclaimed as a centre for fundamental and applied research underpinning our understanding of agriculture, food production and quality, and the natural environment. Our research is centred on important crop plants including wheat, rice, brassicas and tomato. In addition, fundamental research on developmental processes uses the model plant Arabidopsis. Plant and Crop Sciences hosts the Nottingham Arabidopsis Stock Centre (NASC) and plays a major part in the Centre for Plant Integrative Biology (CPIB).
We also have close research and teaching links with colleagues in the School of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham's campus in Malaysia.
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