The University of Warwick at The CropTec Show

The University of Warwick is a research and educational institution who are ranked in the top 10 of UK universities and in the top 100 globally. The School of Life Sciences ( conducts a wide range of biological and environmental research and includes the world-renowned Warwick Crop Centre which is based at Wellesbourne in Warwickshire. Although we are probably better known for our horticultural research, our expertise extends to arable crops as well.

We aim to deliver knowledge and technology to farmers and growers to increase productivity and minimise environmental impact. This is our first time at CropTec so we plan to showcase what we do and see what happens.

We have research expertise in: crop improvement through breeding; crop physiology; soil biology; pest, disease and weed control (both chemical and biological); resource management and ecosystem services.

We provide undergraduate courses in Biological Sciences and our PhD students work on many aspects of agriculture and horticulture from the fundamentals of photosynthesis through plant diseases to basic agronomy. We offer three taught Masters courses ( which will be of interest to those who want to build on a first degree and prepare for a career in a wide range of agriculture related public and commercial enterprises, government agencies, policy development and consultancy roles.

 MSc Food Security – how will we deliver global food security in the 21st century?

MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate – how can we reconcile competing demands on agricultural lands for food production and bioenergy provision?

MSc Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century – how can we improve our soil and crop management?

Our graduates are an increasing force in agriculture and many will be at the show (and possibly on our stand). Rob Lillywhite, a research agronomist, will be on our stand and happy to help with any questions and queries that you have. You can also contact him on .

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