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The Rothamsted Insect Survey commemorates 50 years continuous operation

The Rothamsted Insect Survey operates a nation-wide network of suction- and light-traps contributing invaluable data for 50 years, in a range of studies spanning fundamental to applied ecology.

The Rothamsted Insect Survey operates a nation-wide network of suction- and light-traps contributing invaluable data for 50 years, in a range of studies spanning fundamental to applied ecology.

The future of the Rothamsted gets laid down in Stone

BBSRC Chief Executive Jackie Hunter lays the foundation stone at Rothamsted’s new centre for research and enterprise

BBSRC Chief Executive Jackie Hunter lays the foundation stone at Rothamsted’s new centre for research and enterprise

Tsetse fly genome; an invaluable resource towards the control of sleeping sickness

Rothamsted Research scientists are part of the international consortium that sequenced the genome of the tsetse fly and started characterising the sensory genes of the flies.

Rothamsted Research scientists are part of the international consortium that sequenced the genome of the tsetse fly and started characterising the sensory genes of the flies.

Sir John Beddington is appointed the new Chair of the Rothamsted Research Board of Directors

Rothamsted Research is delighted to announce that the former Government Chief Scientific Adviser will be heading its Board of Directors

Rothamsted Research is delighted to announce that Professor Sir John Beddington has been appointed as the Chair of the Rothamsted Research Board of Directors. He will take up his post at the longest running agricultural research institute in the world this week.

Rothamsted Research is granted permission by Defra to carry out a field trial with GM Camelina plants

The trial will test whether GM Camelina sativa plants are able to make significant quantities of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) in the seed of the plant under field conditions

Rothamsted Research is granted permission by Defra to carry out a field trial with GM Camelina plants that produce omega-3 fish oils in their seeds.

‘Rothamsted leads the way for crop research’ says Herts MEP Vicky Ford

This week, Hitchin and Harpenden MP Rt Hon. Peter Lilley welcomed leading Conservative MEP Vicky Ford to Rothamsted Research

This week, Hitchin and Harpenden MP Rt Hon. Peter Lilley welcomed leading Conservative MEP Vicky Ford to the Rothamsted Research.

Modelling the spread of emerging epidemics; the case of Citrus Greening

Researchers develop a model allowing characterisation of the disease transmission process

Scientists at Rothamsted Research, working alongside Cambridge University have developed a model allowing characterisation of the disease transmission process, even when epidemiological data are limited due to the presence of control measures.

Producing more oil from seeds, the synthetic biology way

Rothamsted Research scientists use multistep metabolic engineering to boost seed oil content

Rothamsted Research scientists use multistep metabolic engineering to boost seed oil content

Light leaf spot risk remains high

Rothamsted Research has updated its oilseed rape online light leaf spot risk forecast to include winter rainfall

Rothamsted Research has updated its oilseed rape online light leaf spot risk forecast to include winter rainfall. 

Eight strategies for efficient and sustainable livestock farming

Livestock farming, that works best for individuals, communities and the planet, should be supported by studies on best practice using research farm platform facilities.

Livestock farming, that works best for individuals, communities and the planet, should be supported by studies on best practice using research farm platform facilities.

Virtual bees help to unravel complex causes of colony decline

New computer model to help scientists, beekeepers and regulators to understand multiple environmental effects on honeybee colonies

New computer model to help scientists, beekeepers and regulators to understand multiple environmental effects on honeybee colonies

Modeling predicts spread of the invasive allergenic ragweed

Rothamsted Research scientists in collaboration with a EU consortium developed a model to predict the shift in distribution of ragweed in Northern latitudes in response to climate change.

Rothamsted Research scientists in collaboration with a EU consortium developed a model to predict the shift in distribution of ragweed in Northern latitudes in response to climate change.

Biodiesel Co-Product can reduce soil nitrogen losses to groundwater

Application of biodiesel co-product (BCP) reduces the amount of soil nitrogen (N) loss when compared to traditional agricultural practices.

An important goal in agricultural sustainability that would also impact national sustainability is to establish better management of nitrogen (N) to prevent leaching of nitrate (NO3). There are existing strategies to achieve this but each has limitations. Rothamsted Research scientists, who receive strategic funding from the BBSRC, have demonstrated that a by-product of the biodiesel industry shows potential to reduce nitrate leaching and so improve agricultural sustainability.

Professor Achim Dobermann is appointed the New Director of Rothamsted Research

Rothamsted Research is delighted to announce that Professor Achim Dobermann has been appointed as its new Director

Rothamsted Research is delighted to announce that Professor Achim Dobermann has been appointed as its new Director. He will take up his post at the longest running agricultural institute in the world on 1st June 2014.

A grass roots approach to flooding

The unique Farm Platform facility of Rothamsted Research in North Wyke Devon will be used for a new project which aims to develop new grasses that enable grassland soils to capture increased volumes of rainfall, thereby reducing the risk of flooding downs

The unique Farm Platform facility of Rothamsted Research in North Wyke Devon will be used for a new project which aims to develop new grasses that enable grassland soils to capture increased volumes of rainfall, thereby reducing the risk of flooding downstream. The 5 year £2.5 million LINK project named SUREROOT is funded by the BBSRC and match-funded by a range of industrial partners from across the food production spectrum, including a seed company, major retailer and the meat, poultry and dairy industry. It is led by scientists at Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) in partnership with Rothamsted Research.

Managed honeybees linked to new diseases in wild bees

Diseases that are common in managed honeybee colonies are now widespread in the UK’s wild bumblebees, according to research published in Nature. The study suggests that some diseases are being driven into wild bumblebee populations from managed honeybees.

A study suggests that some diseases common in managed UK honeybee populations are being driven into wild bumblebee populations

Achieving food and environmental security - new approaches to close the gap

Sustainable intensification (SI) of crop production is required to meet increasing demand for food while sustaining planetary resources and the ecosystem services upon which agriculture depends

Sustainable intensification (SI) of crop production is required to meet increasing demand for food while sustaining planetary resources and the ecosystem services upon which agriculture depends. This issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B provides a timely reminder about the role that science must play in achieving SI.

The future of Rothamsted Research at Broom’s Barn

Rothamsted Research has taken a decision to change operations at their Broom’s Barn site

Previously a centre exclusively for sugar beet research, the site near Bury St Edmunds will be now be used as an additional field site for the increasing range of arable experiments at Rothamsted Research complementing their other field sites that are critical to our work.

Sniffed out - the ‘gas detectors’ of the plant world

The elusive trigger that allows plants to sense the gas nitric oxide (NO), an important signalling molecule, has been tracked down. It is the first time that a central mechanism for the detection of NO in plants has been identified.

The elusive trigger that allows plants to sense the gas nitric oxide (NO), an important signalling molecule, has been tracked down. It is the first time that a central mechanism for the detection of NO in plants has been identified. 

Rothamsted Research submits application to Defra for permission to carry out GM field trial

The trial will test the whether GM Camelina sativa plants are able to make significant quantities of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) in the seed of the plant under field conditions. A public consultation has begun.

The trial will test whether GM Camelina sativa plants are able to make significant quantities of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) in the seed of the plant under field conditions. A public consultation has begun.

Planning permission granted for new campus development at Rothamsted Research

BBSRC, Lawes Agricultural Trust and Rothamsted Research funds new campus development: Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise.

BBSRC, Lawes Agricultural Trust and Rothamsted Research funds new campus development: Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise.

New discovery could stimulate plant growth and increase crop yields

A new natural mechanism in plants could stimulate their growth even under stress and potentially lead to better crop yields.

A new natural mechanism in plants could stimulate their growth even under stress and potentially lead to better crop yields.

Branching out: from model plants to coppiced trees

Researchers from Rothamsted and the Sainsbury Laboratory identify a coppicing response gene in biomass willow

Researchers from Rothamsted and the Sainsbury Laboratory identify a coppicing response gene in biomass willow

A single diatom accumulates EPA and DHA high value Omega-3

Rothamsted Research scientists demonstrate for the first time the use of metabolic engineering in microalgae to modify the accumulation of high value Omega-3 fatty acids.

Rothamsted Research scientists demonstrate for the first time the use of metabolic engineering in microalgae to modify the accumulation of high value Omega-3 fatty acids.

A new tool for the management of Varroa mites in bee hives

Rothamsted researchers have developed a sensitive assay for the detection and management of resistance to pyrethroids in Varroa-infected honey bee hives.

Rothamsted researchers have developed a sensitive assay for the detection and management of resistance to pyrethroids in Varroa-infected honey bee hives.

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