To support, fund and connect academia, industry and policymakers to collaboratively pursue shared research priorities in the area of biofortification.
To promote collaborative interactions and research projects between industry and academia as well as to support the UK biofortification community by disseminating opportunities and information in health and nutrition.
The Biofortification Hub combines expertise in soil, crop genetics, food innovation and human health and nutrition. It will work closely on the biofortification of food and feed crops with farmers, food producers and retailers across the supply chain.
Provide funding to innovative research projects in the area of biofortification
Promote interactions, collaborations and exchanges between industry and academia
Organise workshops and meetings to promote relationship building and address current and emerging challenges in the area of biofortification
Assemble a community of food producers, industry, policymakers and scientific researchers who collectively can take robust actions toward improving the biofortification of food, feed and fodder in the UK
Identify areas of research need and opportunity that will have significant impacts on food, feed and fodder biofortification in the UK
Support the UK biofortification community by disseminating opportunities and information in health and nutrition
The Biofortification Hub is open to a wide range of classic as well as sustainable, complementary and novel approaches to biofortification to make plants, food, feed and fodder more nutritious:
Classic approaches to make plants more nutritious:
Conventional selective breeding
Precision breeding (gene editing)
Sustainable, complementary and novel approaches:
Biofortification through controlled environment agriculture
It is managed by four committees composed of experts from academia and industry. This 28-strong team of UK and international scientists have a broad range of expertise and they lead, advise, organise, network and review grant proposals submitted to the Hub.
Executive Group (EG) including the Hub Manager. 5 members from:
Quadram Institute Bioscience
John Innes Centre
Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) 8 members from:
University of East Anglia
The Royal Veterinary College
University of Surrey
Food Standards Agency
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
Core Membership Group (CMG). 13 members from:
University of Aberdeen
University of Leeds
University of Lincoln
Imperial College London
University of Surrey
New Era Foods
International Advisory Panel (IAP) 3 members from:
Unige (Université de Genève)
The Biofortification Hub is part of a network of 6 BBSRC Innovation Hubs established in 2022 as part of the Diet and Health Open Innovation Research Club (OIRC). It has received funding to operate for five years from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UK Research & Innovation, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the government. The Hub is hosted by research institutes that are strategically supported by BBSRC.
Membership of the Biofortification Hub is open and free. Apply on the Membership page if you would like to join.