Sustainable Food Production Systems

The ESHH lab tackles issues around sustainable food production through a research portfolio including:

  • Seed treatments for stimulating crop disease defences and increasing crop yield
  • Design of sustainable bio-fertilisers
  • Molecular characterisation of processes involved on defences against fungal diseases

The overarching aim of our research on sustainable food production is to reduce farming environmental impact whilst maintaining crop performance.



rq-ppProfessor Richard Quilliam
Professor of Environment and Health


oliverDr David Oliver
Associate Professor


sin-tituloJavier Carrillo Reche
PhD Student



Francesc Ferrando-Molina
PhD Student



On-farm’ seed priming: an ecological & sustainable disease management strategy

Opportunities and barriers for recovering value from faecal sludge in African cities

Developing novel seed treatments for grain legumes: optimising sustainable outcomes in agricultural systems

Exploiting insects as feed for sustainable salmon farming – identifying the risks of pathogen transfer within the production chain (completed)

Selected Publications

Jackson O, Quilliam RS, Stott A, Grant H, Subke J-A. (2019). Rhizosphere carbon supply accelerates soil organic matter decomposition in the presence of fresh organic substrates. Plant and soil. (Accepted)

Swinscoe I, Oliver DM, Gilburn AS, Lunestan B, Lock E, Ørnsrud R & Quilliam RS (2019). Seaweed-fed black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) larvae as feed for salmon aquaculture – assessing the risks of pathogen transfer, Journal of Insects as Food & Feed, 5, 15-27. DOI: 10.3920/JIFF2017.0067

Payne CLR, Dobermann D, Forkes A, House J, Josephs J, McBride A, Müller A, Quilliam RS, Soares S. (2016). Insects as food and feed: European perspectives on recent research and future priorities. Journal of Insects as Food & Feed 2,269-276

Arif M, Ali K, Jan MT, Shah Z, Jones DL, Quilliam RS (2016). Integration of biochar with animal manure and nitrogen for improving maize yields and soil properties in calcareous semi-arid agroecosystems. Field Crops Research 195, 28-35