Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York’s strengths include interdisciplinary research expertise in sustainable food production and resilient and fair food supply chains. Research by the ‘York Environmental Sustainability Institute’ and the ‘Building Up Resilience in Supply Chains’ group focuses on actors from small-holder farmers in developing economies, to manufacturers and retailers an consumers, including those suffering from food poverty, in western economies.
Research on plant-soil interactions, particularly processes underpinning nutrient cycling and greenhouse gas emissions and the role of soil microbes in nutrient acquisition by plants, is internationally renowned.
Improving the resilience of crops to biotic and abiotic stresses, for example by identifying sustainable ways to protect crops against pests and diseases and to make them more resilient to unpredictable rainfall, is also a focus.
Overall responsibility for the Agri-Food Resilience Programme resides with the University of York. The Academic Director and support team are based in the Department of Biology.