Iain Donnison

  • Head of the Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences - Aberystwyth University

Research interests

Professor Donnison has expertise in grassland and bioenergy science. His research interests span the adaption of crops to climate change and biobased mitigation strategies. For example, he leads on a BBSRC core strategic programme on resilient crops to study the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events on crop systems.

He has expertise in the genetics and breeding of perennial crops to enable the development of future more resilient varieties. A particular focus of his research is on the development of new bioenergy and industrial crops to tackle climate change and to enable fossil fuels to be replaced in all their applications. For example, in the UKRI Supergen Bioenergy Hub he leads the Feedstocks and Waste Topic, and is Director of the BEACON Biorefining Centre. In both of these projects plant biomass is being matched to different industrial end uses from energy through to transport fuels, platform chemicals, green materials, and food.

His research interests also include the environmental impacts of land use change, including from the planting of bioenergy crops, and how UK agriculture can assist the UK in becoming a net zero economy by 2050. This includes through the use of negative emission technologies such as bioenergy combined with carbon capture and storage (BECCS).