One of 7 Research Councils that work together as Research Councils UK (RCUK), BBSRC are funded by the Government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Their budget for 2012-13 is around £500M, and they support around 1600 scientists and 2000 research students in universities and institutes across the UK.
A statutory levy board funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain, the AHDB was established in 2008, and covers roughly 75 per cent of total agricultural output in the UK.
The BBRO is a non-profit making organisation which commissions and implements research and technology transfer designed to increase the competitiveness and profitability of the UK beet sugar industry in a susatinable and environmentally acceptable manner.
Part of the Natural Environment Research Council, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology has sites across the UK, and is the UK's Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere.
Located on the Norwich Research Park and with strategic partnerships with the University of East Anglia and Imperial College, London, IFR science aims to meet the challenges of supplying safe, nutritious food that promotes healthy ageing now and in the future.
NIAB is a pioneering plant science organisation with over 90 years experience in the agricultural and food sectors.
The Overseas Development Institute is the UK's leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.
Rothamsted is the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting-edge science and innovation for nearly 170 years.
The Royal Agricultural College is the oldest agricultural college in the English speaking world, having been at the forefront of agricultural education since 1845.
Scotland's Rural College formed when Baronly, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges merged with the Scottish Agricultural College. The ground draws on more than a century of success in supporting landbased communities and industries.
Established by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council in partnership with the East of England Development Agency in 2009, The Genome Analysis Centre has a team of over 60 staff, including genomics scientists, technologists and bioinformaticians.
A world leading research institute for land, crops, water and the environment with two main sites at Aberdeen and Dundee, the JHI employs more than 600 scientists and support staff, making it one of the biggest research centres in the UK and the first of its type in Europe.
The JIC is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology founded in 1910.
This plant science laboratory is located at the JIC (see above) and investigates plant interactions with microbes and viruses, using state-of-the-art genetics and molecular biology techniques.
The Aberystwyth University Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) has around 300 research, teaching and support staff conducting basic, strategic and applied research in biology from the level of genes and other molecules to the impact of climate change and bio-energy on sustainable agriculture and land use.
Founded in 1907, Imperial College London is ranked 10th in the World in Life Sciences.
King's College London was founded in 1828, and was granted a royal charter in 1829.
The Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University was opened in 2004 and features a strand dedicated to food security.
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research in public and global health, with 4000 students nad more than 1300 staff.
Newcastle University's Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences has 300 staff and students and a strong reputation for its research.
Oxford Brookes University has a strong research base in its Department of Biological and Medical Sciences.
Plymouth Marine Laboratory is an independent, impartial provider of scientific research and contract services relating to the marine environment.
Royal Holloway traces its roots back to 1886.
Founded in 1920, Swansea is a research-led university.
The University of Manchester's Faculty of Life Sciences has over 400 academic and support staff.
The University of Sheffield's Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology has over 110 research student and 30 postdoctoral researchers.
The UCL Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment has over 40 research groups, and over 200 Post-Docs, PhD Students and support staff.
The University of Aberdeen Institute of Biological & Environmental Sciences has 55 research staff, and 80 post doctoral research staff focusing on addressing the fundamental biological consequences of environmental change.
The University of Bath was granted university status in 1966, although traces its roots back to 1856.
Founded in 1900, Birmingham was England's first civic university.
The University of Bristol is a research-intensive university which is over a century old.
The University of Cambridge runs a Global Food Security Initiative, which was established in 2011.
The University of Dundee College of Life Sciences has contributed to the development of a regional biotechnology cluster, and currently includes more than 1000 staff and research students.
The University of East Anglia is a leading member of the Norwich Research Park, which is one of Europe's biggest concentrations of researchers in the fields of environment and plant science.
The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh was established in 2008.
The University of Essex's Essex Sustainability Centre sits within the Department of Biological Sciences, and focuses its research in three main strands: nature and health, resilience of social-ecological systems and the natural capital.
The University of Exeter's Biosciences department is rapidly expanding, and is currently involved in ongoing research with more than £40 million of funding.
The University of Glasgow's Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology was founded in 2010.
The University of Hertfordshire is the UK's leading business-facing university.
The University of Leeds' Faculty of Biological Sciences includes 110 academic staff and 150 postdoctoral researchers.
The University of Leicester has a Centre for Core Biotechnology Service, which sits within its College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology.
The University of Liverpool School of Biological Sciences includes more than 200 experts on a broad range of themes.
The University of Nottingham's School of Biosciences is one of a number of schools to benefit from BBSRC funding.
The University of Oxford's Interdisciplinary Bioscience Programme focuses on three main areas of bioscience research, including food security.
The University of Reading is home to the National Centre for Biotechnology Education, the first school biotechnology centre in the world.
The University of Southampton's Centre for Biological Sciences applies its expertise to solving environmental issues that are concerns for our society.
The University of Strathclyde operates a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership programme.
The University of Surrey was established in 1966, although its roots go back to the late 19th century.
The University of Sussex was founded in 1961, and has a strong research base.
Warwick forms part of the Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnerships, which is delivering innovative research across the Life Sciences sector, with a focus on food security.
With over 60 academic staff, York is one of the leading university biological science departments in the UK.