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Durham Centre for Crop Improvement Technology

About the Centre

About the Centre

The Durham Centre for Crop Improvement Technology (DCCIT) has a multidisciplinary research focus that integrates state of the art knowhow in plant-genetics, cell biology and biochemistry with expertise in chemistry, physics and mathematics to develop technologies for crop improvement and protection. DCCIT engages with major Agritechnology industry partners to deliver these technologies to the Agriculture sector. DCCIT is co-ordinated by a Director and Deputy-Director, and activities are managed collaboratively by the 17 full members.

In 2016 the jointly funded Durham/Singapore Doctoral Training Programme started with 4 PhD students commencing their research programmes. DCCIT has also established a crop transformation and gene editing facility, this is a unique enabling technology amongst the N8 universities. DCCIT took the lead in shaping the successful N8 Agrifood proposal on behalf of Durham University. The proposal secured £8M HEFCE funding across the N8 universities. We look forward to strengthening our links with external collaborators and further successes in the future.

Vision Statement

To build upon the strengths of modern plant biology in the Department of Biosciences and bioactive Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and focus collaborative efforts towards strategic (industrial and government) goals. To steer this partnership of scientists to produce world-class multidisciplinary solutions to global research challenges.

Contact details

Department of Biosciences,
Durham University,
Stockton Road,
+44 (0)191 3341200