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Alpha & Omega exhibit heads to Great British Bioscience Festival

Making omega-3 fish oils in GM Camelina plants exhibitiion

Alpha & Omega: Making omega-3 fish oils in GM Camelina plants exhibition at the Great British Bioscience Festival in the Museum Gardens, Bethnal Green, London, 14th - 16th November 2014.

CROPROTECT: a knowledge exchange system to support the use of IPM by UK growers

A new project will develop a web-based knowledge exchange system to support growers in protecting their crops using integrated pest management (IPM) and alternatives to pesticides.

A new project will develop a web-based knowledge exchange system to support growers in protecting their crops using integrated pest management (IPM) and alternatives to pesticides.

Rothamsted Research receives the Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Rothamsted Research has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award for its commitment to gender equality and support for women having their careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

Rothamsted Research has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award for its commitment to gender equality and support for women having their careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

The Farm Crap App won Soil Association Innovation Award

The Farm Crap App, or formally the Farm Manure Management App can help farmers visually assess the nutritive and economic value of livestock manures

The Farm Crap App, or formally the Farm Manure Management App can help farmers visually assess the nutritive and economic value of livestock manures 

Rothamsted Research and Oaklands College join forces to launch new apprenticeship scheme

Rothamsted Research has teamed up with Oaklands College to launch the institute’s first formal apprenticeship scheme.

Rothamsted Research has teamed up with Oaklands College to launch the institute’s first formal apprenticeship scheme.

Professor Martin Parry has received a “National Friendship Award” from the Chinese Government

The award is the highest the Chinese Government makes to non-Chinese experts.

The award is the highest the Chinese Government makes to non-Chinese experts.

New collaborative research project gets under way to fight beetle pests in pulse crops by innovative lure-and-kill technology

Rothamsted Research is key partner in a new research project which aims to design and produce a control system for beetle pests of peas and beans, which does not use blanket sprays of insecticides.

Rothamsted Research is key partner in a new research project which aims to design and produce a control system for beetle pests of peas and beans, which does not use blanket sprays of insecticides. 

Training the next generation of bioscientists

Rothamsted Research is partner in two of 12 Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) funded by major BBSRC scheme

Business Secretary Vince Cable will announce £125M of funding over five years to support the training and development of 1250 PhD students today (Friday 3rd October). The announcement will be made at The Roslin Institute, part of the University of Edinburgh, where he will meet current PhD students. 

Public Dialogue on guiding principles of Rothamsted Research’s work with industry

Rothamsted Research conducted a public dialogue on the guiding principles that should underpin its work with industry. The project was independently evaluated and both reports are now published.

Rothamsted Research provides knowledge and innovation to grow more food on the same or less land, using less water, fertiliser and pesticides than historically achieved, while moving towards more sustainable agricultural systems. Rothamsted, a primarily publicly funded research organisation, is now looking to diversify its sources of income. In order to achieve this, Rothamsted will aim to collaborate more with partners that are not publicly-funded.

Rothamsted Radar Entomology Unit – over forty years of field observation

Official webpage launch for Rothamsted Radar Entomology Unit to celebrate over forty years of field observation.

Official webpage launch for Rothamsted Radar Entomology Unit to celebrate over forty years of field observation.

A big step towards more efficient photosynthesis

For the first time flowering plants have been successfully engineered to fix carbon like the blue-green algae do – this can potentially increase photosynthesis and yields in crop plants.

For the first time flowering plants have been successfully engineered to fix carbon like the blue-green algae do – this can potentially increase photosynthesis and yields in crop plants.

Pyrethroid resistance widespread in UK populations of cabbage stem flea beetle

Rothamsted Research scientists in collaboration with HGCA call for samples of cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) for further analyses.

In a collaborative project, funded by HGCA to look at resistance to pyrethroids in CSFB, scientists at Rothamsted Research have found a mutation (kdr) that is known to confer resistance. A wide range of samples collected at various locations in the UK, mainly from East Anglia and Yorkshire, have been found to be resistant to pyrethroids.

20 years of physical and atmospheric measurements reveal changes in the environment at Rothamsted

Rothamsted Research scientists release a booklet that gives a brief overview of the physical and chemical measurements and the trends that these data show over the last 20 years.

The ECN was established in 1992 as a multi-agency programme, supported by fourteen independent government departments and agencies. Rothamsted Research, which is strategically funded by the BBSRC, is a founding member because of its long-term experiments, data and archived samples. Rothamsted is one of twelve terrestrial sites that cover a range of ecosystems including lowland grassland, arable agriculture, woodland/forest and upland moorland/mountain.

Carbon stored in the world’s soils more vulnerable to climate change than expected, new study shows

The response of soil microbial communities to changes in temperature increases the potential for more carbon dioxide to be released from the world's soils as global temperatures rise, scientists have revealed.

The response of soil microbial communities to changes in temperature increases the potential for more carbon dioxide to be released from the world's soils as global temperatures rise, scientists have revealed.

The role of no-till agriculture in climate change mitigation may be over-stated

International group of scientists, led by Rothamsted Professor, publish critical review in Nature Climate Change

An international group of scientists, led by Professor David Powlson, Lawes Trust Senior Fellow at Rothamsted Research, have published a critical review in the journal Nature Climate Change which concludes that the role of no-till agriculture in mitigating climate change may be over-stated.  

Animal foraging tactics unchanged for 50M years

Animals have used the same technique to search for food that's in short supply for at least 50 million years, a new study suggests

Researchers analysed fossilised Eocene-era sea urchin trails from northern Spain and found the tracks reflect a search pattern still used by a huge range of creatures today.

The pioneering mathematical biologist D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson argued that “Everything is the way it is because it got that way”, meaning that to understand a phenomenon like optimal searching you must first know how it came about.

RoCRE receives funding boost through the Herts Local Enterprise Partnership

£500k of capital funding is secured from the Government growth fund for Rothamsted’s new Centre for Research and Enterprise

The Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise has received £500,000 funding as part of a historic Growth Deal with the Government which will see £199.3million invested in Hertfordshire.

New evolutionary mechanism in fungicide resistance

Analysis of samples from a 160-year-old experiment at Rothamsted Research reveals the re-emergence of an ancient gene due to modern agricultural practices.

Pests and diseases can develop resistance to chemicals used for crop protection, and this poses a major challenge for future food security. The phenomenon of resistance is not unique to agriculture – the issue of drug resistance by microbiotic organisms poses serious challenges for human health also.

Frequent adverse weather events may threaten the future of wheat yields in Europe by 2060

Modelling predicts that the occurrence of adverse weather conditions is likely to increase by 2060 and this may result in reduced wheat yields in Europe. These new data are essential for the development of suitable adaptation strategies.

Modelling predicts that the occurrence of adverse weather conditions is likely to increase by 2060 and this may result in reduced wheat yields in Europe. These new data are essential for the development of suitable adaptation strategies.

Alpha & Omega: making omega-3 fish oils in GM plants

A Great British Bioscience Festival exhibit starts its tour

a Great British Bioscience Festival exhibit starts its tour 

Rothamsted wins Silver at the Chelsea Flower Show

Our display on using flowers to minimise pesticide use and enhance biodiversity wins RHS award

Rothamsted scientists, Dr Sam Cook and Dr Jason Baverstock, have been awarded a Silver Flora Award by the Royal Horticultural society for their display on using flowers to minimise pesticide use and enhance biodiversity, in the Discovery category at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Role of pesticides in bee decline

Scientists call for evidence-driven debate

An international panel of scientists including Professor Lin Field from Rothamsted Research, which receives strategic funding from the BBSRC, is today calling for an evidence-driven debate over whether a widely used type of insecticide is to blame for declines in bees and other insect pollinators.

A synthetic biology approach to improve photosynthesis

Assembling a compartment inside chloroplasts of flowering plants has the potential to improve the efficiency of photosynthesis

Plants, algae and bacteria capture light energy from the sun and transform it into chemical energy by the process named photosynthesis.  To ensure food security in the future, yields of crops must continually be increased to keep pace with the world population. Improving the photosynthetic rate is one strategy to improve plant productivity.  Rothamsted Research scientists strategically funded by the BBSRC and in collaboration with colleagues at Cornell University funded by the U.S.

Collaborative roots could reduce reliance on phosphorus fertilisers

A consortium of UK based organisations, including Rothamsted Research, has been awarded funding to look into cropping systems that could harness the phosphorus already available in soils.

Prof. John Pickett FRS, elected to National Academy of Sciences

Professor Pickett, Michael Elliott Distinguished Research Fellow at Rothamsted Research, elected to NAS as Foreign Associate

Professor John Pickett, Michael Elliott Distinguished Research Fellow and Scientific Leader of Chemical Ecology, at Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, is among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected as fellows of the National Academy of Sciences.

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