Research and analysis

UK plant breeding sector and innovation

The aim of this report was to understand both the structure and importance of UK plant breeding, as well as current innovation activity.



A few studies have tried to understand plant breeding activity but only a handful of these are up-to-date studies focused on the UK.

The main questions addressed by this report are to:

  • identify the economic contribution of commercial plant breeding

  • plot the current structure of commercial plant breeding in the UK and also the structural and economic barriers for conducting a plant breeding programme

  • to understand how innovation occurs within plant breeding and to look at how intellectual property rights are currently used

Published 13 September 2016