Rothamsted Research

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Advanced Training Partnerships

Rothamsted Research offers a post graduate award in Current Research in Crop Protection, as part of the BBSRC Advanced Training Partnerships (ATPs).

Rothamsted Research  receives strategic funding from the BBSRC and is the longest running agricultural research station in the world. It provides independent scientific research to deliver innovations that benefit our health, farming and the environment. This history, scientific vision and uniqueness make Rothamsted an ideal choice to learn more about the latest developments in crop protection.

The course is part of the Agrifood ATP funded by the BBSRC and led by the University of Nottingham with Rothamsted Research, Harper Adams University and Cranfield University as partners.

For further information and to apply for the course contact Prof Lin Field: Telephone 01582 938355  E‐mail: lin.field@rothamsted.ac.uk

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at people working to put agricultural research into practice i.e. Agronomists, Advisers, Technical Managers and Farmers.  Course participants will benefit from a deeper understanding of the research process, a more thorough knowledge of current research in relevant areas and an ability to design and implement research experiments within their own organisations, as well as interpret research results.

Accredited Masters Module & Continual Professional Development (CPD)

The course is recognised as a Higher Education Level 7 module and is worth 15 credits at Masters Level. The course is recognised by BASIS as an Advanced Module and counts towards the BASIS Diploma in Agronomy and is worth 30 CPD points.

Course Structure and Content

The course will comprise a one day and three 2 day training units at Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ. Course assessment is via a research project, presentation and viva.

UNIT

DAYS

LOCATION

DATE

General scientific principles and data analysis

1

Room 006, Conference Centre

15 Oct 2015  

Current research in weed science

2

Room 006, Conference Centre

23 & 24 Nov 2015  

Current research in plant breeding, genetics and plant pathology

2

Room 006, Conference Centre

2 & 3 Feb 2016  

Current research in entomology

2

Room 006, Conference Centre

24 & 25 Feb 2016  

How to apply and course fees

The AgriFood ATP has bursaries available to cover 50% of course fees from now until 2015. If you are currently employed in the agrifood sector, you are likely to be eligible. The total cost is £1,200.

To apply of a bursary see http://www.agrifoodatp.ac.uk/aatp/funding/index.aspx

For further information and to apply for the course contact Prof Lin Field: Telephone 01582 938355  E‐mail: lin.field@rothamsted.ac.uk

Course structure and content

The course delivery will comprise of 7 days training, split into 4 units. An introductory day on general scientific principles, two days on weed science, two days on plant pathology and plant breeding and two days on entomology. All held at Rothamsted Research. Course assessment is via a research project, presentation and viva.

 

General Scientific Principles and Data Analysis

Thursday 15th October, 2015

Time

Topic

09.30

Arrival and Tea/Coffee

09.45

Introduction to the course
Prof Lin Field

10.00

Rothamsted Research  Mission and Vision
Dr Matina Tsalavouta

10.30

Design and analysis of simple field experiments (I)
Ms Suzanne Clark

11.30

Tea/Coffee

11.45

Design and analysis of simple field experiments (II)
Ms Suzanne Clark

12.45

Lunch

13.45

Design and analysis of simple field experiments (III)
Ms Suzanne Clark

14.45

How to write a scientific report
Prof Lin Field

15.15

Tea/Coffee and Discussing/Planning of Course Projects
Prof Lin Field, Prof John Lucas, Dr Stephen Moss (Finish approx. 16.30)


Weed Science 

Monday 23rd November 2015

Time

Topic

09.30

Arrival

09.45

Introduction to Weed Science and Principals of Weed Management
Dr Stephen Moss

10.45

Tea/Coffee

11.00

Herbicide Resistance
Dr Stephen Moss

12.15

Lunch

13.15

Herbicide Resistance – Diagnostics, Practical and Quiz
Mr Richard Hull and Dr Paul Neve

14.45

Tea/Coffee

15.00

Biodiversity and Arable Farming  the role of weeds

Dr Jonathan Storkey

15.15

Tea/Coffee

16.00

Agronomic issues with herbicide resistant crops
Dr Paul Neve

16.45

Finish

Tuesday 24th November, 2015

Time

Topic

09.30

Arrival

09.45

Weed Agroecology and Management Through Rotations
Mr Richard Hull

10.45

Tea/Coffee

11.00

Weed Science Glasshouse and Outdoor Containers  Demonstrations
Mr Richard Hull and Dr Paul Neve

12.30

Lunch

13.30

Classical and Long Term Experiments  Farm Tour
Mr Richard Hull and Dr Jonathan Storkey

15.00

Tea/Coffee

15.15

Decision Support Tools in Weed Management

Dr Jonathan Storkey

16.15

Feedback on Module

16.45

Finish

Plant Breeding, Genetics and Plant Pathology

Tuesday 2nd February, 2016

Time

Topic

09.30

Arrival

9.45

Plant transformation and its use in research
Professor Huw Jones

10.45

Tea/Coffee

11.00

Current status and future prospects for commercial crop biotechnology  
Professor Huw Jones

12.00

Lunch

13.00

Alternatives to GM
Dr Andy Phillips

14.15

Marker Assisted Breeding 

Dr Steven Hanley

15.15

Tea/Coffee

15.30

Host Resistance and Plant Immunity

Dr Wing-Sham Lee

17.00

Finish

Wednesday 3rd February, 2016

Time

Topic

09.30

Arrival

09.45

Introduction to Plant Pathology

Principles of Epidemiology, Disease Triangle, Why Epidemics Happen, Climate Change, Carbon Footprint and Disease Control

Professor John Lucas

11.15

Tea/Coffee

11.30

Disease Detection and Identification

Professor Jon West

12.30

Lunch

13.30

Fungicide Resistance and Understanding the Genetics of Fungicide Resistance
Dr Bart Fraaije

15.00

Tea/Coffee

15.15

Case Study on Fungicide Resistance and Tour of Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory

Dr Nicola Hawkins

16.30

Depart

Entomology

Wednesday 24th February, 2016

Time

Topic

09.30

Arrival

09.45

Introduction to module
Professor Lin Field

10.00

Aphids as Crop Pests
Dr James Bell

10.45

Tea/Coffee

11.00

Modelling Pest Movement 
Dr James Bell

11.30

Wheat Blossom Midge
Ms Lesley Smart

12.15

Lunch

13.15

Resources for Research   

Insect Survey
Mr Mark Taylor and RIS team in Laboratory
Insect Rearing
Dr Emyr Davies in Insectary
Insect Olfaction
Ms Christine Woodcock in Centenary Building

15.30

Tea/Coffee

15.45

Plant defences: looking for insect resistance in plants
Dr Gia Aradottir

16.30

Finish

Thursday 25th February, 2016

Time

Topic

09.30

Arrival

09.45

Chemical Control and Insecticide Resistance
Professor Linda Field and Mr Martin Williamson

11.00

Tea/Coffee

11.15

Detection, Monitoring and Threshold for Pests
Professor Toby Bruce

11.45

Pollen Beetles and Oilseed Rape
Dr Samantha Cook

12.30

Lunch

13.30

‘Push-Pull

Dr Toby Bruce

14.15

Migration in insect pests

Dr Chris Jones

14.45

Tea/Coffee

15.00

Remote Sensing for Agriculture
Dr Anita Shepherd

15.30

Climate Change and New Pest Threats
Dr Richard Harrington

16.30

Final Discussion of Projects (Prof Lin Field) Depart approx. 16.45