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Rothamsted wins medal at the Chelsea Flower Show

The exhibit was entitled "The bees needs" and highlighted the decline of bees in the UK due to land use changes that are depriving them of food and nest sites.

Rothamsted scientists won a Silver-Gilt medal for their exhibit at last week's Chelsea Flower Show. The exhibit, in association with the British Beekeepers Association, was entitled "The bees needs" and highlighted the decline of bees in the UK due to land use changes that are depriving them of food and nest sites.

Slimetime television

A Rothamsted Research scientist is enlisting the help of the nation via the BBC and the scouting movement to help him answer some questions about one of our commonest slugs.

Scientist Dave Bohan wants to know why the great black slug (Arion ater) sometimes occurs as a black form and sometimes as a reddish one. "It may be that the black coloration is a bit like a woolly jumper, helping the slugs to warm up faster" says Dave. "If this was the case we would expect to find more of the black types in colder parts of the country". So Dave is asking people to have a look in their own backyards and count the number of red and black Arion ater that they find.

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