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Rothamsted Research

The Crop Performance and Improvement (CPI) Division, Rothamsted Research ( is involved in Lipgene as a member of the Plant Biotechnology workpackage tasked with the production of LC-PUFAs in transgenic plants. Rothamsted Research's contribution to Lipgene is lead by Professor Johnathan A. Napier (

Rothamsted Research, located in Harpenden, Hertfordshire (UK) is the largest agricultural research centre in the United Kingdom and almost certainly the oldest agricultural research station in the world.

Rothamsted Research is a BBSRC-funded Institute ( with a mission to improve the sustainable management of agricultural land and the environment through innovations that lead to sustainable products and practices reducing reliance on non-renewable inputs.
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The Crop Performance and Improvement (CPI) Division focuses on the application of modern plant sciences to understanding and improving crop species. Current interests include grain structure and development, metabolic signalling and regulation, the hormonal control of plant development, and metabolic engineering to produce high value products in transgenic plants. Work within the Division is underpinned by world-class analytical facilities, including the National Centre for Plant and Microbial Metabolomics ( ).

The Lipid Metabolism and Signalling Programme lead by Professor Napier is carrying out research on a number of aspects of plant lipid metabolism including

  • The 'reverse-engineering' of very long chain PUFA biosynthesis into transgenic plants
  • Cross-talk and homeostasis of lipids in plants
  • Lipid-derived signalling compounds in plants.

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