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Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy

Reducing reliance on fossil fuels is essential to allow the UK to establish a low carbon economy, and meet international targets for reducing emissions.

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Bioscience for Health

Basic bioscience is vital to reveal the biological mechanisms underlying normal physiology and homeostatic control during early development and through life, and is one of the BBSRC’s strategic research priorities.

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World-Class Underpinning Bioscience

The basic disciplines of Bioscience at the molecular, cellular and physiological levels are at the forefront of work in Cambridge, and the breadth of expertise is matched by the opportunities to interact with researchers in other disciplines including physical sciences, mathematics and engineering.

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Agriculture and Food Security

Perhaps the single most important challenge today is to produce sufficient food for the world’s growing population that is not just safe, nutritious and affordable, but also in a sustainable manner. Moreover, as agriculture increasingly provides feedstocks for bioenergy and other chemicals for the bioeconomy, to avoid competition with food production will require use of marginal land, and ways to utilise agricultural waste. As well as crop science, animal health and livestock production, it therefore encompasses land use, as well as understanding of the links between diet and health, and food safety.

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