Plants for the 21st Century Institute

What are we doing?
We generate scientific resources and information that will enable policy makers, conservation biologists, multinational companies and individuals to use land in a way that will maximise crop outputs and protect ‘hotspots’ of species diversity.

Why is it important?
Ensuring food and fuel security around the world in the 21st century is a major challenge that requires innovative research in plant sciences.

How are we different?
We are unique in the way we bring together three pinnacles of food security: improving crop production, promoting species conservation, and protecting forested land. The research data and insights from these programmes will alleviate global food security concerns by enabling more informed decision-making by the world’s leaders and opinion-formers.

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Liam Dolan

Professor Liam Dolan

Sherardian Professor of Botany


David Boshier

Dr David Boshier

James Martin Fellow - Trees
Peter Darrah

Dr Peter Darrah

University Lecturer in Plant Sciences
Denis Filer

Mr Denis Filer

Senior Research Associate
Stephen Harris

Dr Stephen Harris

Druce Curator of the Oxford University Herbaria
Will Hawthorne

Dr Will Hawthorne

Senior Research Associate
Andrew Liddell

Mr Andrew Liddell

Senior Research Officer
John Wood

Mr John Wood

James Martin Fellow - Conservation


Jane Langdale

Professor Jane Langdale

Professor of Plant Development