Dr Leif Skot, who is leading the project at IBERS
, said it was a "significant scientific milestone for agriculture".
scientists are seeking farms to take part in the study through a questionnaire, a faecal egg count test for livestock and a free assessment of mud snail habitats to identify high risk infection areas for livestock.
Working with South Wales processor Celtic Pride, IBERS
hopes to create protocols for the production of grass-fed beef with improved fat composition.
Plant Biology student Hattie Roberts added "This was quite a find for us given what IBERS
students have already started research projects.
We are seeking to appoint a high-calibre individual as chair, who will play a pivotal role in realising the vision shared by Waitrose and IBERS
project leader Dr John Clifton Brown said: "The overall goal is to develop new systems for miscanthus-based agriculture that enable transition of today's niche crop into a large scale biomass supply system.
If you had muesli, porridge or a cereal bar for breakfast this morning, the chances are the oats were developed at IBERS
Key to the new set-up will be a "Knowledge Exchange Hub" hosted by IBERS
In an attempt to improve UK livestock production, IBERS
is also looking to to improve the efficiency with which farm animals convert plant protein into animal protein.
director Prof Mike Gooding accepted the award at the CEREALS 2015 event in Lincolnshire.
Prof Iain Donnison, of IBERS
, said the work would enable rapid improvements in breeding and see miscanthus being more widely used as an energy crop.