Agriculture, Food & Health
With the world’s population set to rise to nine billion by 2050, we face huge challenges in providing enough nutritious food for everyone, using methods that are environmentally sustainable. At the same time, as the population ages, more people will experience non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, dementia and cancer. Our world-leading research in Agriculture, Food & Health is addressing global challenges including climate change, resource degradation, hunger, poverty, diet and disease prevention and treatment. Our experts work with partners globally and locally to influence both policy and practice to ensure evidence-informed decisionmaking.
We are a major food and nutrition research university, with the connections, impact and facilities to improve the world’s food system.
GPs have been able to keep up with and respond to the latest clinical updates and resources on Coronavirus thanks to a partnership between the University of Reading and local…Read More >
A new family of biomaterials for use in medical devices has been created thanks to a collaboration between the University of Reading and BioInteractions Ltd. The materials include a new…Read More >
Agriculture policy decisions, including a replacement for the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, are being informed by an annual survey of financial data from 1,750 farms across England. The survey is…Read More >
Studies co-produced by Reading researchers with students from under-represented ethnic backgrounds are being used to support fair access to higher education. While there has been a concerted effort in recent...Read More >
With huge caseloads and stretched budgets, it is harder than ever for GPs to keep abreast of the latest developments through traditional routes, such as conferences and journals. This project…Read More >
Lack of knowledge about snakes and snakebite envenomation (SBE) is a major factor that increases disabilities and deaths and the economic hardship they cause, particularly in agricultural communities in developing...Read More >
The commercial success of a collaborative research project at the University of Reading is demonstrating how applied science has the potential to revolutionise the global agricultural sector, by bridging the...Read More >
Research by chemists at the University of Reading is being used to develop new materials for commercial polytunnels with the potential to improve the quality, yield, and resilience of soft…Read More >
Research from the University of Reading is being used to develop and optimise the formulation of commercial ‘heart-healthy’ drinks and to improve product labelling in the vitamin and supplement industry....Read More >
Changes in the purchasing policies of a major milk processor and a major retailer have led to thousands of dairy farmers across the UK and EU changing the ways they…Read More >
An approach developed by a team of researchers at the University of Reading is being used to help farmers in the developing world adapt to and cope with climate change....Read More >
Recovering stroke and brain injury patients worldwide are benefiting from a unique, game-based rehab system which targets language and movement problems at the same time. The system has been developed...Read More >
Research which explains why people with eye coordination problems respond differently to treatments has re-written the textbooks, changing international clinical practice. During their lifetimes, one in ten people will seek...Read More >
Bean, strawberry and apple crops all depend on bees and other pollinating insects. Reading research has identified which species do which jobs, their economic worth, and how to protect them…Read More >
Teenagers suffering from depression can now get treated faster thanks to an effective new form of therapy that takes just six to eight weeks. Depression in teenagers is unfortunately common,...Read More >
The pollinating insects that we rely on for food crops have a more secure future thanks to the research and UN policy work of a Reading bee expert. Bees and...Read More >
Reading food scientists have made great strides in our understanding of prebiotics – fuel for the ‘good’ bacteria in our guts – shaping health policy and benefiting the health of…Read More >
More young people with anxiety are able to get help faster than before, thanks to a new parent-led treatment developed by Reading researchers. Up to one fifth of children and...Read More >
Simple parenting changes such as sharing and discussing picture books are steering disadvantaged children in low-income countries towards happier, more successful lives. Sitting down and looking at a picture book...Read More >
Speedier drug discovery is now possible thanks to Reading computing software that allows complex molecular crystal structures to be solved faster than ever before. DASH is computer software that helps...Read More >
Every day, island communities in the Maldives feel the impact of environmental change caused by humans. Alex Arnall empowered islanders to use photography to document these challenges and bring their…Read More >
Lives are lost to venomous snakebites every day in rural India. Sakthivel Vaiyapuri’s education programme across Tamil Nadu is tackling the problem, providing a clear action plan for those affected….Read More >
University of Reading research has transformed the care of elderly cancer patients, shaping international guidelines, government policy and the medical curriculum. Caring for older cancer patients has unique challenges –…Read More >
University of Reading food scientists are working with industry to make smoked foods taste even better while removing the harmful compounds from the smoke. Smoked and smoke-flavoured foods, including smoky…Read More >
Two hundred years after apothecary and medical practitioner James Parkinson wrote his essay describing the ‘Shaking Palsy’, we still don’t fully understand the disease named after him. Research into Parkinson’s…Read More >
Recent improvements in emergency hospital care have dramatically increased stroke survival rates. This has a knock-on effect: more people than ever need long-term rehabilitation to overcome language and physical impediments….Read More >
Controlling a computer with your mind? Really? Professor Salwomir Nasuto’s Brain Embodiment Lab delights in bringing cutting-edge neuroscience to young people, wherever they might be. His large, interdisciplinary team devises…Read More >
While large research programmes search for cures for many diseases, venomous snakebites quietly kill around 100,000 people every year. Children, often barefoot in the fields of remote, rural communities are…Read More >
If we want to feed the world’s growing population, we need to understand the complex connections between land use and plant and animal biodiversity. But knowledge in itself cannot guarantee…Read More >
Professor Anna Horwood asks questions about children’s eyesight in ways few others do. How do we develop focus? Should we worry if a tiny baby goes cross-eyed? Do children with…Read More >
Some of a child’s most valuable learning takes place before they go to school. Indeed, school ‘preparedness’ strongly predicts how well a child will fare in school. Professor Peter Cooper…Read More >
The complexity of the human brain is well known, as is the difficulty of translating scientific language so that the latest findings of brain research are easily understood. A project…Read More >
Insect pollinators such as bees and hoverflies are critical components of our natural ecosystems, providing important crop pollination services. How their populations are changing in the UK, as they face…Read More >
Never mind changing lightbulbs – how many neuroscientists does it take to show us how our brains work? In this case, just one: pharmacy lecturer Dr Mark Dallas. Working with…Read More >
Professor Anna Horwood, of the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, is helping to pioneer new ways of understanding how we use our eyes together to focus on near…Read More >
For the past two years, Simon Potts, Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, has been playing a major role in improving worldwide policies for the conservation of pollinators and their…Read More >
How best to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators to food security? And how to ensure that threats they face as ecosystem providers are countered? For research fellow Dr…Read More >
Since 2011, an estimated 3 million milk consumers each year in the UK have benefitted from research from the University of Reading which has helped reduce saturated fatty acids (SFAs)...Read More >
Research led by Professor Frank McKenna from Psychology has led to the introduction of the hazard perception test, which all learner drivers must now pass before taking the practical driving test. Professor...Read More >
As our climate changes, there will be big impacts on crop production. Understanding what these changes will be, and how they affect crops can only help us to better prepare...Read More >
At the Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR) at the University of Reading the British Heart Foundation (BHF) funds vital research which aims to understand why heart disease (which...Read More >
Researchers from Reading are working to understand and educate the public on reducing and preventing snakebites.
Reading University’s Flavour Centre has been at the centre of an innovation in smoked foods: making them safer.
Researchers at Reading are leading innovations in the dairy industry to make many of our favourite foods healthier, including milk.
Research is increasing our understanding of vision development and better explaining the causes of some common childhood eye problems.
A research team at the University of Reading has developed a novel treatment that has made treatment more accessible to those who need it.
A data platform developed in Beijing and Reading has cut medical errors and reduced patients’ length of stay in hospitals across China.
Pollinators are in decline worldwide – which species suffer most, what causes the declines and how this will impact nature and society?
Pioneering prebiotics: Fuelling good gut bacteria, and its surprising array of benefits Researchers at the University of Reading are leading the charge to improve our gut health. Gastrointestinal disorders such…Read More >
Pioneering a way to better outcomes for elderly patients The assessment, treatment and care for older cancer patients in the UK has fundamentally changed over the last decade thanks in…Read More >