Crops

Efforts to increase crop yields are critical to meeting growing demands for food from a larger, wealthier population.

People » Zhe Ji (Luke)

DPhil candidate, Plant Sciences Department

Luke is interested in plant genetics, mineral nutrient uptake/assimilation, and their relevance to food security.

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Professor Charles Godfray’s group, co-lead with Dr Ailsa McLean, uses the pea aphid, an important insect pest, as a model system to investigate questions in evolution and ecology.

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This project addresses two key elements of the food security debate: the role of environmental change, climate and insects, and the structure of the farming population, age and gender.

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Professor Jane Langdale, Dr Steve Kelly and colleagues are part of an international research consortium working towards a step change improvement in the yield of rice.

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Lee Sweetlove’s research group studies the regulation and engineering of plant metabolic networks, which could lead to improvements in food crops, such as increased yields or enhanced flavour.

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