The Food Security Doctoral Training Partnership

World-class research from 5 institutions covering the whole food chain

  • g2986 The University of Reading leads a consortium between the Universities of Reading, Lancaster, Southampton and Surrey along with Rothamsted Research.We provide doctoral (PhD) level training to postgraduates across the Food Security subject area with funding from the BBSRC.

  • The BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership in Food Security is the only DTP focussed solely on Food Security, giving our students some of the best resources, experience and skills for flexible careers in the bioscience industry.

  • Our partnership covers the whole food chain; from interactions between natural & man-made ecosystems through to the nutritional effects of food in humans. The partners have extensive track records in agri-food training & research, & deliver research training in the essential niche skills that are required to underpin the UKs capability.

  • Our partnership is uniquely placed to address the Food Security challenge. The partnership provides training for interdisciplinary bioscientists, securing essential niche skills while delivering preparing individuals for flexible careers in a highly topical context.

Research Themes

Crop Science

The crop science theme includes consideration of all aspects of the production of food crops in the UK, with an emphasis on crop genetic improvement, and designing crops and production … Continue reading

Agri Systems & The Environment

The Agricultural Systems & environment theme focuses on the challenge of feeding increasing numbers of people despite increased competition for good quality land and resources such as water, nutrients, labour and energy. … Continue reading

Diet & Health

The diet and health theme focusses on understanding the impact of food and dietary components on health, and food processing to maintain nutritional quality. The theme is led by Surrey, building on … Continue reading

Exploiting New       Ways of Working

This overarching theme of exploiting new ways of working capitalises on the strengths of the partners in complexity science and systems biology. Students learn to apply mathematical modelling techniques across a … Continue reading

Some of our students

Aislinn Pearson

As with people, insects suffer from viral infections. Many of these insect viruses occur naturally in the surrounding environment and some insect viruses from the family Baculoviridae (‘baculoviruses’) are known … Continue reading

Oliver George

My thesis focuses on plant-bacteria interactions, specifically the behaviour of E. coli O157:H7 on raw or minimally processed salad vegetables during growth. Several salad crops are being used as a … Continue reading

Lucas Gent

I received my first degree from the University of Manchester (BSc Biology (Hons)). During these 3 three years I developed a love for plant science. I continued my academic progression … Continue reading

Some of our PhD Projects

Exploring the relationship between the structure of wheat dietary fibre and prebiotic activity

Wheat derived AX fractions have been shown to act as prebiotics in the colon, increasing populations of Bifidobactrium spp/and or Lactobacillus spp. (Hughes et al. J Agric Food Chem, 2007). … Continue reading

Alison Lovegrove / Peter Shewry / Dimitrios Charalampopoulos

Post anthesis heat stress in wheat: is the reduction in grain size a consequence of premature maturation of the outer layers of the grain?

As caryopsis development proceeds, following fertilization, the endosperm undergoes a phase of very rapid expansion with continues, although at a slower rate, until it reaches its maximum size, at about … Continue reading

Dr Paola Tosi, Dr Rowan Mitchell

Molecular dissection of the genetic basis ofEscherichia coli O157 colonisation of the plan tEnvironment

Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) O157 is a serious human pathogen that has gained major press coverage over recent years because of its ability to colonise plants, be ingested by humans … Continue reading

Penny Hirsch / Martin Woodward