This review has been commissioned by AGRI-net (, the BBSRC and EPSRC funded Agri-Science Chemical Biology Network, which aims to stimulate the development and translation of novel molecular tools and technologies to key end-users in the agri-sciences.

The aim of this review is to create a greater understanding of the degree of cohesion between the Agri-Science (defined in this context as the plant, fungal and insect sciences) and Physical Science (e.g. chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering etc.) communities, by identifying the capacity and capability from both an academic and industrial perspective. We will also report on the major challenges/bottlenecks that are currently limiting the agri-sciences, and highlight examples of tools and technologies that could be applied to address one of the world’s grand challenges, crop sustainability. The results from this review will be sent to the Research Councils, Government, and will be circulated around the academic and industry research communities.

As part of this work we are keen to draw upon your knowledge, expertise and opinions. We therefore would like to invite you to complete the following questionnaire.
This work is managed by the directors of AGRI-net, Drs Laura Barter and Rudiger Woscholski at Imperial College London ( and

If you have any questions please feel free to contact: Dr Louise Manning at the Royal Agricultural University: (+44 1285 652 531)

Please answer the background information below and then complete the rest of the survey. It should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

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