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Genetics & Breeding Research

Research intro pictureContact: Dr Alison Bentley

Genetics and Breeding Research at NIAB is focused on innovative science in molecular genetics and breeding on topics relating to the genetic improvement of the major arable crops, cereals, oilseed rape and pulses and on the development of novel bio-renewable products in nutrition, health, energy and materials from under utilized and novel crop species.

The programmes are focused in four groups and show NIAB to be at the forefront of crop science research:


The NIAB Genetics and Breeding research group is around forty staff and funding includes a significant investment from the NIAB Trust over five years. NIAB has been successful in gaining matching funding from two major sources, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and DEFRA’s LINK programmes in Sustainable Agriculture and Renewable Materials. The research group is housed in a recently refurbished facility, the John Bingham Laboratory on the Huntingdon Road site with modern, highly functional office and laboratory accommodation containing state of the art equipment. More than just being the perfect environment to foster science, this new laboratory showcases NIAB’s capability and signals our intent to be a competitive force in crop sciences on the national and international stages.

A broad multidisciplinary approach to research is a special strength of the Institute, and the range of skills available from studies on genetics and physiology, through agronomy and pathology to glasshouse and field trials is unique within the UK.

Find out more about our rice research.