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

Alexander Stainer

Food security is an extremely important issue, which has implications on the global scale. It is important that as well as ensuring demand for food is met in the face … Continue reading

Frederick Steinmayer

Having completed my undergraduate degree in Agriculture in 2012 at the University of Reading, I decided to continue studying within the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, where I am … Continue reading

Henry Barber

I graduated from the University of Reading in 2013 with a degree in agriculture, starting my PhD shortly afterwards in October 2013. growing up in Lincolnshire naturally my main interest is in … Continue reading

Some of our PhD Projects

Epigenetic regulation of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid synthesis

The n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are essential for health, through their known effects on membrane biophysical properties, cell growth, differentiation and functional … Continue reading

Dr Barbara Fielding / Dr Karen Lillicrop

Improving modelling of wheat responses to high temperature stress under climate change

To address climate change impacts on global food production and food security there is a need for better understanding of crop responses to changes in climatic variability and extremes and … Continue reading

Mikhael Semenov / Mike Gooding

Interaction of light and hormones in the regulationof wheat architecture

The introduction of reduced height (rht-1) genes into wheat was critical to the success of the Green Revolution, resulting in substantial increases in productivity due to reduced stature (see picture … Continue reading

Matthew Terry / Peter Hedden / Steve Thomas