CNAP - Centre for Novel Agricultural Products                                            Biology to benefit society

The Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) uses cutting edge scientific methods and knowledge to harness the power of nature for the development of new products and processes to address some of the major global challenges of the 21st century. CNAP has been using excellent science to underpin industrial biotechnology for more than 15 years in projects that encompass plant and microbial sciences for the development of sustainable fuel, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, and to enhance food security. CNAP provides a creative and enabling environment to around 80 staff and students, led by four professors:  Ian BancroftNeil BruceIan Graham and Simon McQueen-Mason (CNAP Director).

CNAP is committed to using world-leading bioscience to underpin progress towards providing sustainable supplies of food, energy and chemicals. Our work includes improving the quality and productivity of food crops, especially oil and fibre crops, as well as adding value to the non-food components of major crops. In addition to addressing science to underpin the establishment of sustainable biorefinery approaches to provision the supply of fuels and chemicals from plant biomass without compromising food security, our research also encompasses the development of plants for use in environmental decontamination. CNAP carries out research into both mainstream and so-called orphan crops that have been domesticated for centuries, but not yet subjected to intensive modern breeding.

Professor Simon McQueen-Mason, CNAP Director                          ‌‌‌‌‌

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Recent news:

CNAP led SCPRID Resilient Rice project is showcased by RCUK India.

Rice grain on plant

New hybrid plant developed through the CNAP Artemisia project now registered as new variety in China.

Royal Society video available at link above.


CNAP scientists and colleagues aim to improve Brassica crops for challenging environments.

  Important step for improved manufacture of biofuels reported by CNAP team. 

Forces News TV interview Neil Bruce on his research into a plant-based solution to clean up soil pollution caused by explosives.

Continuing collaboration paves the way for a new generation of biofuels.

Celebration of world-leading bioscience - BBSRC profiles Simon and his work.

New study by international team offers insights into the underpinning molecular processes of this important crop species.





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Latest News

Recognition of CNAP research in industry response to UK Government

GSK include CNAP research in their response to Government consultation.

Poppies growing in Tasmania. Photo by Carol Walker

Plants to battle toxic soil

Field trials planned for a type of grass that could help solve a growing environmental problem.

New video on Plant Power! 

Amazing science from everyday plants.

Fighting pollution from explosives with plants

An important step forward to realising potential to use plants to clean land contaminated by explosives taken by CNAP team.

Col7 and mdar6-1 100mgkg TNT

Key genetic discovery: STORR gene

Scientists led by Ian Graham provide new insight into how poppy plants have evolved.

Ian Graham is interviewed on BBC Radio 5 live, Science Podcast.



CNAP Director, Professor Simon McQueen-Mason

CNAP Manager, Dr Caroline Calvert

CNAP, Department of Biology, University of York, Wentworth Way, York YO10 5DD, UK