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Food, environment and energy – grass secures their future

Food, environment and energy - grass secures their future. IBERS, Aberystwyth University

The team

From IBERS, Aberystwyth University:

  • Dr Athole Marshall
  • Dr Fiona Corke
  • Mrs Luned Roberts
  • Mr Michael Squance
  • Mr Alan Lovatt
  • Mrs Dawn Havard

The science behind the exhibit

The future of farmers, the stabilisation of the global environment and the health of consumers are all inextricably linked to grass. Three distinct groups of the grass family; oats, forage grasses and the giant Miscanthus or Asian elephant grass do or have the potential to contribute to our daily lives. Scientists use breeding and selection strategies for these grasses and focus on their inner cellular secrets. The useful attributes that breeders select in the different grasses encompass every part, from the roots to the stems, leaves and seeds. Grass can also yield a veritable chemistry set of molecules, useful in the food and chemical industries.

About the exhibit

  • A giant interactive three headed ‘super-plant’ structure forms the centre of the display
  • The super-plant is made up of ryegrass, oats and miscanthus (Asian elephant grass) – all of which make a huge impact on our lives
  • Look inside the transparent plant pot to uncover the science behind plant breeding, producing plants for human benefit, and plant derived products
  • The inner cell sections of each plant will be revealed to show how their molecules and chemistry contribute to our daily lives
  • Have a go at some plant experiments

Grass research

The BBSRC-funded National Plant Phenomics Centre is located at IBERS, Aberystwyth University and is vital for further development of our grass research.


National Plant Phenomics Centre at IBERS, Aberystwyth University  

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Nature's factories

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