The Agri-Food theme is focussed on the sustainability and protection of agricultural produced food supplies (including crops for human consumption and animal feeding).

The rapidly growing world population is putting an increasing demand on food production. It will be essential for crop productivity to increase in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable manner if we are to sustain current levels of supplies. New emerging technologies and disciplines such as chemical biology, through physical science innovation, have the potential to tackle these biological bottlenecks that currently limit further developments. Multidisciplinary approaches to apply molecular tools and technologies could potentially improve food production by underpinning the research towards new agrochemical targets, elucidating species specificity issues with current agrochemical usage and provide new delivery mechanism for agrochemicals. In addition physical sciences innovations developed for other disciplines such as the health sector have the potential to be ported towards the agri-sciences, making it possible to tap into existing knowledge and resources to foster the above research goals.

Collaborative Research Centres


AGRI-net brings together researchers from Imperial College, other universities, research institutes and Syngenta with the particular aim to foster multidisciplinary research, combining physical and agri-sciences to ignite new innovative approaches to increase crop yields, protect harvests and efficiently employ our current crop diversity.


The Institute of Chemical Biology (ICB)'s mission is to support and develop multidisciplinary research crossing the physical sciences-life sciences/biomedical interface, with particular focus on the development and application of novel tools and technology for solving major problems in the life and biomedical sciences.