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The University of Southampton
Institute for Life Sciences

Crop Systems Engineering

Ensuring on-going food security in the face on an ever expanding world population has emerged as a major scientific challenge for the 21st century. It will be essential to improve crop productivity while at the same time reducing and optimising the use of valuable resources such as water and fertilisers. Improving our understanding of the interface between the plant root system and the surrounding soil environment is a key goal in achieving these efficiency gains which will be promoted by adopting a multidisciplinary approach integrating biology and engineering sciences.

The focus of the Crop Systems Engineering group is to facilitate technology transfer between engineering, biology and agricultural domains with the overarching aim to develop models which will help to establish sustainable crop growth in the longer term.


The group encompasses researchers from 3 separate Faculties: Engineering & the Environment, Natural & Environmental Sciences and Social & Human Sciences. The goups includes expertise in plant and soil modelling and optimisation, root CT scanning, image analysis, and plant genetics.

Theme Lead for Crop Systems Engineering
Dr Tiina Roose
Theme Lead for Crop Systems Engineering
Dr Alan Marchant

Contact Details

For more information on the Crop Systems Engineering theme please contact

T.Roose@soton.ac.uk or A.Marchant@soton.ac.uk

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