Sustainable Use, Conservation and Ecology of Natural Resources

Research with Impact

We have a long and successful record of promoting research with impact on the world beyond the University. Our research is marked by an interdisciplinary approach which is vital to tackle the pressing and complex challenges that face the world’s population, including global environmental change, biodiversity loss, soil degradation and unsustainable use of natural resources as well as communications, power generation and chemical clean up. Our research has a high level of impact.

International conservation and restoration of peatland and improved drinking water quality through peatland carbon sequestration research

Our research has impacted on UK and international policy on peatland/wetland conservation and restoration for climate change mitigation and water purification, by showing how peatlands function as a major global carbon sink and regulator of climate and water quality.

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Novel genetic marker-assisted breeding produced a pearl millet hybrid grown on 700,000 ha of drought-prone areas in Northern India which has improved food security of three million people

Research using novel techniques of genetic marker-aided selection enabled the development of new high yield, disease- and drought-resistant pearl millet hybrids, of which HHB67-Improved was released throughout India.

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Maize variety GM-6 brings £55 million of benefits to more than 300,000 resource-poor farmers in Western India

GM-6, a new maize variety developed through innovative Bangor crop breeding research (pioneering the use of participatory plant breeding) was released in three states in Western India between 2002 and 2005.

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Novel applications for fractionation of plant biomass in the food ingredients industry

Yield of valuable biomass fibre components and their utilization in the food industry has been maximised by novel, cost-effective and environment-friendly plant fibre extraction methods developed by BEAA.

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Enhanced carbon footprinting of food products

Bangor research has significantly affected vegetable sourcing and the distribution policies and practices of major fresh producers and UK supermarkets.

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The Biocomposites Centre

The Biocomposites Centre plays a leading role in the bioeconomy by delivering innovations in biomaterials to industry such as sustainable food packaging to replace plastics. The Centre led a key report for the UK Centre for Climate Change:
Spear, M., Hill, C., Norton, A., Price, C., Ormondroyd, G. (2019). Wood in Construction in the UK: An Analysis of Carbon Abatement Potential. Extended Summary. Published as an annex to the Committee on Climate Change report "Biomass in a low-carbon economy". Report to the Committee on Climate Change.

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