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Inspecting trial of maize and tomato varieties
The initiative aims to increase visibility of the University’s expertise to industry, policy makers and the general public, and to facilitate entrepreneurial activity and collaborative research across different disciplines, and with external partners.

Cambridge Partnership for Plant Science (CPPS)

exists to strengthen and integrate pure and applied research in plant sciences, biology, genetics and biotechnology in and around Cambridge. It promotes research opportunities between the academic arena, research institutes and local industry through dedicated lectures, workshops, newsletters and networking events. 

Cambridge Strategic Initiative in Global Food Security

is a cross-disciplinary initiative that aims to develop sustainable, socially equitable and ecologically successful solutions to meet the challenges of global food security.

Cambridge Bioenergy Initiative

brings together University experts, including plant scientists, biochemists, conservation scientists, chemists, engineers, chemical engineers and economists. They aim to develop forms of bioenergy that are sustainable, ethically and socially responsible, and do not compete with food crops. Participating researchers are actively engaged in promoting energy awareness within the University and on local, regional and national levels.

Algal Biotechnology Consortium

involves a large multidisciplinary group of scientists, with a strong contribution from Plant Sciences, who aim to use algae for a variety of applications in the biotechnology and bioenergy industry. Members of the consortium collaborate with industrial partners to test their ideas.

Cambridge Conservation Initiative

is a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading biodiversity conservation organisations in and around Cambridge. The CCI partners together combine and integrate research, education, policy and practice, to create innovative solutions for society and to foster conservation learning and leadership.

Cambridge Centre for Climate Science

promotes relevant research across the University of Cambridge (Plant Sciences, Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geography and Scott Polar Research Institute) and at the British Antarctic Survey. Research in Plant Sciences provides a focus for fundamental plant molecular processes and their integration at whole plant, community and ecosystem levels.

Ethnobio Network

has its roots in research conducted in  the Department of Social Anthropology on medicinal uses of indigenous plants by native Amazonian populations. It includes researchers from plant sciences, archaeobotany, pharmacology, medicine and biochemistry, and is open to external partners interested in the wider subject.