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Angela Karp

Associate Director for Science Innovation
Agro Ecology

Angela Karp is Scientific Director of the Rothamsted Centre for Bioenergy and Climate Change. Her research focuses on optimising perennial biomass crops (especially willows) for bioenergy and biofuels.  Amongst many projects, Dr Karp is responsible for the UK willow breeding programme and also coordinated a RELU-Biomass project on the social, environmental and economic implications of increasing land use under energy crops. She now leads the BSBEC-BioMASS Programme - one of six research hubs comprising the BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre ( In 2007 she received the RASE Research Medal and, in 2008, the Alfred-Toepfer prize for research achievements in willow.

+44 (0) 1582 763 133 ext: +44 1582 938855
Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ
Past Projects
Principal Investigator
  • Supergen Biomass Biofuels and energy crops II core project
  • Supergen biomass and bio-energy consortium continuation plus activity on marine biomass
  • Development and application of models for soil-plant-atmosphere interactions to optimize resource capture and management of low-input systems
  • Towards targeted breeding of a European SRC willow crop for diverse environments and future climates (BREDNET-SRC)
  • Willows and Energy Grass Collection
  • Logistics for energy crops' biomass - LOGISTEC
  • New drugs from old: A phytochemical genetics and pharmacological screen of salix
Project Leader
  • Accelerating breeding for biomass yield in short rotation coppice willow by exploiting knowledge of shoot development in Arabidopsis
  • Optimising the development of the energy grass Miscanthus through manipulation of flowering time
  • Genetic improvement of perennial biomass crops within a sustainable land use context
  • The BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre (BSBEC): Perennial Bioenergy Crops Programme
  • UK-Brazil research on second generation biofuels

Being updated



PhD in Cytogenetics of inbred Lolium perenne (University College of Wales, Aberystwyth)


BSc in Genetics (Queen Mary College University of London)

Measures of esteem


  • â?¢ European Science Foundation â??Bioenergyâ?? European conference (Dublin Apr 25-27)
  • Inivted Speaker; New Phytologist Bioenergy Trees conference
  • Cheltenham Science Festival (national public conference) (UK Jun 03)
  • European Society of Agronomy international conference (Montpellier)
  • Food Security international conference (Lancaster Sept 12-14)
  • Can Bio international conference and EU mission (Vancouver Sept 26-29)
  • SRC European conference (nr. Hamburg)


  • Spaital Impacts of Biomass: Berlin
  • Botanical Congres: Leipzig


  • Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal
  • EPSO Biofuels workshop; London (Royal Scociety)
  • Alfred Toepfer prize: Alfred Toepfer prize for Agriculture, Forestry and Nature Conservation
  • Global Change Biology: Bioenergy Editor


  • Editor of BioEnergy Research
  • RASE Research Medal: Awarded Royal Agricultural Society of England Research medal for energy crop reserach
  • PhD Supervisor Nick Brereton: Porter Studentship with Imperial College


  • PhD Supervisor Rocio Alarcon-Reverte: Co-supervisor with Steve Moss (main)


  • Renewables Link Committee member


  • Subject Editor of Weed Research
  • PhD Supervisor Ron Marshall: Co-Supervisor with Steve Moss (main)


  • Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining editor


  • PhD Supervisor Gia Arradottir: BBSRC Quota