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Centre for Novel Agricultural Products

Biorenewables and Biofuels

Plant Renewable Resources

CNAP has a wide ranging research portfolio and scientific expertise directly relevant to the improvement of existing crops and development of new crops for biorenewable and biofuel production. The aim in all these projects is to develop sustainable plant feedstocks without impacting negatively on food production and without harming the environment.


CNAP projects in this area include:

  • liquid biofuels from plant biomass
  • Improving plant cell walls for use as a renewable industrial feedstock




Latest News

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

Secret to making renewable energy from wood? The digestive system of the gribble may hold the key!

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.

Poppy genome decoded DNA code of the opium poppy genome determined.

Poppy (x70)

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

Oilseed rape


CNAP Director, Professor Neil Bruce

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