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The Durham Centre for Crop Improvement Technology (DCCIT) brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines.

Our primary focus is to develop state of the art technologies for crop improvement and protection. Our objective is to approach research challenges collaboratively, with a view to addressing the strategic needs of government and industry.
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Our work in images

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    SFR8 plant (Dr Heather Knight)

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    Cotton ball (from Professor Keith Lindsey)

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    TCS root (from Professor Keith Lindsey)

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    Flax (from Dr Adrian Brennan)

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    Vasculature (from Dr Peter Etchells)

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    Chromatin (from Dr Miguel de Lucas)

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    Calcium (from Professor Marc Knight)

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    Hormones (from Dr Junli Liu)

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    Septoria (from Professor Ari Sadanandom)

Our research groups and specialisms
SFR8 plant (from Dr Heather Knight)

SFR8 plant (Dr Heather Knight)

Cotton ball (from Professor Keith Lindsey)

Understanding signalling mechanisms regulating the root meristem (Professor Keith Lindsey)

Understanding the genetic basis of flower form variation in the genus Linum (flax/linseed) (Dr Adrian Brennan)

Manipulating vascular development to increase plant productivity (Dr Peter Etchells)

Unraveling chromatin dynamics during development (Dr Miguel de Lucas)

The role of calcium in plant gene expression (Professor Marc Knight)

Systems biology approach to understanding hormonal crosstalk in Arabidopsis (Dr Junli Liu)

Understanding the interaction between septoria and wheat using fluorescent markers (Professor Ari Sadanandom)

What's new?


Steve Chivasa (DCCIT co-director and Associate Professor in Biosciences) wins the 2023 STFC Food Network+ IMPACT AWARD

The STFC Food Network+ brings together interdisciplinary teams of STFC researchers, industry and the academic community across more than 25 countries for collaborative research to develop sustainable innovations tackling challenges confronting the global food sector.

Convergence of Agritech and Business Innovations to Develop Agriculture Value Chains

Steve Chivasa (DCCIT co-director) together with Maureen Vere (Verager Ltd.) convened an Innovate UK-funded workshop between 22-23 March 2023. The workshop themed "Convergence of Agritech and Business Innovations to Develop Agriculture Value Chains" was held at Bronte Hotel in Harare (Zimbabwe).
Steve Chivasa Interview

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Contact us to discover more about our research and services.

Durham Centre for Crop Improvement Technology

Department of Biosciences

Durham University

Stockton Road