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Centre for Novel Agricultural Products

Networks in Industial Biotechnology and Bioenergy

The University of York plays a leading role in BBSRC Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB).

Two of the Phase II NIBB are led by CNAP PIs:

  • High Value Biorenewables Network (HVB): this network is led by Professor Ian Graham, and co-directed by Professor Anne Osbourn of the John Innes Centre and Dr Joe Ross of the Biorenewables Development Centre.
  • Biomass Biorefinery Network (BBNet): this network is led by Professor Simon McQueen-Mason of CNAP, and co-directed by Professor Patricia Thornley (director of Supergen Bioenergy), Professor David Leak (University of Bath), Professor Dimitris Charalampopoulos (University of Reading), and Professor Michele Stanley (Scottish Academy of Marine Sciences).

Two of the Phase I networks have been hosted in CNAP:

Another academic staff member in the Biology Department, University of York, had a leading role in a further Phase I network:


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Researchers discovered how catmint evolved to intoxicate cats!

  • Neil Bruce took over as CNAP Director in January 2020
  • CNAP celebrated its 20th anniversary in December 2019!

Ian Graham interviewed on Radio 5 live and podcast

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2 new Networks in Industrial Biotechnology awarded! Congratulations to Ian Graham and Simon McQueen-Mason, who will each lead a phase II NIBB.

New bioeconomy initiative launch in York BioYork established.

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Strengthening links with India: 2 major new research projects Funding secured by CNAP PIs.

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CNAP Director, Professor Neil Bruce

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