Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) has received a funding boost of £9.8 million for its work on resilient crops.

The Institute is an internationally recognised research and teaching centre focused on building a research base in response to global challenges such as food security, bioenergy and sustainability, and the impacts of climate change.

The new funding will be directed towards research on perennial ryegrass, clover, oats and the energy grass, miscanthus. This research will include investigating reducing the environmental impact of livestock, developing tools to accelerate plant breeding, and using biorefineries – processing facilities that convert biomass into products such as biofuels, biochemicals etc. 

Professor Iain Donnison, Head of IBERS at Aberystwyth University said: “The new funding gives us the opportunity to help agriculture to be more climate resilient as well as promote a renaissance in agricultural productivity and to develop a bioeconomy that tackles climate change while creating new industries and jobs within both rural and urban economies.”

IBERS is one of eight strategic research institutes supported by this long-term investment by the BBSRC, part of UKRI. Funding for the institute in west Wales is part of a wider investment from the BBSRC in life science research institutes and infrastructure totalling more than £376 million between 2023 and 2028.

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