The UK government investment in rice research has been increasing for a number of years, in part reflecting the general direction of travel of plant sciences into model crop species such as wheat and rice.
There is over £50M of investment in rice research from the UK’s BBSRC research council in the last 12 years; and this does not include recent, significant investments from CRF and Newton. Major funding has also been secured within the UKRRC from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Many of the members and projects with the UK Rice Consortium are connected to the N8 Agrifood Consortium. N8 Agrifood covers the 8 most research intensive universities in the North of England (Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York) and ranges across three main themes: Sustainable food production, resilient supply chains and improved consumption and health.
The UKRRC is partnering through research projects and programmes with the following institutes and partners: