Food security is achieved when all people at all times have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. (based on the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) 1996 definition).

Our work focuses on two phytonutrients: anthocyanin and vitamin C

 

In simplest terms, sustainable agriculture is the production of food, fiber, or other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare.

Our research focuses on two methods to reduce inputs in agriculture

 

New breeding techniques (NBTs), give scientists the ability to more precisely modify DNA by turning genes on or off or editing DNA. They can pinpoint and remove weakness or insert desired traits already found elsewhere in the species. It’s akin to a biological word processing system that allows scientists to cut and paste DNA almost as easily as if they were editing a journal article.

Our research aim to improve the efficiency of DNA delivery and exploiting these techniques in our target traits.