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The Worrying Emergence Of Insecticide Resistance In Crop Pests

Scientists at Rothamsted Research have today highlighted the worrying emergence of resistance to pyrethroid insecticides in grain aphids and the implications this may have for controlling Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV). Using their state-of-the-art diagnostic approaches the team at Rothamsted, who receive strategic funding from BBSRC, have identified the underlying mechanisms of this resistance, with a view to developing new advice and technologies to ensure farmers are able to continue protecting their crops against damage and disease.

Photosynthetic plankton genome sheds light into making fish oils

Rothamsted Research scientists study the newly sequenced Ehux genes to make terrestrial sources of omega-3 fatty acids

Rothamsted Research scientists study the newly sequenced Ehux genes to make terrestrial sources of omega-3 fatty acids

Red oilseed rape signals STOP! to pollen beetle infestation

Rothamsted scientists show that change of oilseed rape petal colour from yellow to red could be an environmentally benign pest control strategy

In a study published in the Arthropod-Plant Interactions journal, Rothamsted Research scientists have shown that a change in the petal colour of oilseed rape from yellow to red can result in a significant reduction on the pollen beetle infestation. The experiments, funded by Defra, were conducted in semi-field and field environments and the findings open the possibility for a sustainable pest management strategy. 

The scientists from Rothamsted, which receives strategic funding from the BBSRC,

Red oilseed rape signals STOP! to pollen beetle infestation

Rothamsted scientists show that change of oilseed rape petal colour from yellow to red could be an environmentally benign pest control strategy

In a study published in the Arthropod-Plant Interactions journal, Rothamsted Research scientists have shown that a change in the petal colour of oilseed rape from yellow to red can result in a significant reduction on the pollen beetle infestation. The experiments, funded by DEFRA, were conducted in semi-field and field environments and the findings open the possibility for a sustainable pest management strategy. 

The scientists from Rothamsted, which receives strategic funding from the BBSRC,

Growing the economy with agri-tech know-how

Rothamsted Research and Plant Impact launched a new collaboration to combine their leading scientific expertise to develop innovative solutions for UK and global agriculture.

Rothamsted Research and Plant Impact yesterday launched a new collaboration, which brings together one of the UK’s brightest new businesses in plant science innovation and the world’s longest running independent agricultural research institute, where they will combine their leading scientific expertise to develop innovative solutions for UK and global agriculture.

A major new report reveals serious declines in UK wildlife

Rothamsted scientists reported declines amongst three quarters of the UK carabid beetle species in State of Nature report.

Rothamsted scientists reported declines amongst three quarters of the UK carabid beetle species in State of Nature report.

Turning the leaf into a biodiesel factory

Scientists from Rothamsted Research identify a gene that can help them reprogram leaves, stems and roots to make oil for biodiesel.

Scientists from Rothamsted Research identify a gene that can help them reprogram leaves, stems and roots to make oil for biodiesel.

Reducing the environmental impacts of fertiliser use.

Scientists from Rothamsted Research help develop improved soil management techniques and policy reforms that could reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2030 in China.

Scientists from Rothamsted Research help develop improved soil management techniques and policy reforms that could reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2030 in China.

Plants use underground networks to warn of enemy attack

Scientists discover that plants can communicate underground using fungal networks to warn their neighbours of insect pest attack

Scientists from Rothamsted Research in collaboration with other UK scientists have discovered that plants use underground fungal networks to warn their neighbours of aphid attack. It is the first study to reveal plants’ ability to communicate underground in this way. The study appears at Ecology Letters this week.

New grass species could help reduce the likelihood of flooding

Scientists from Rothamsted Research at North Wyke, in collaboration with other UK plant scientists have demonstrated how Festulolium can allow more water to be captured within the soil

Scientists from Rothamsted Research at North Wyke, working in collaboration with other UK plant scientists have shown a new grass hybrid species could help reduce the impact of flooding by allowing more water to be captured within the soil. The article appears in Nature Scientific Reports.

Using mathematics to predict and prevent tree diseases

Rothamsted scientists use mathematical modelling to predict how tree diseases spread, helping to inform national surveillance programs in the UK.

Rothamsted scientists use mathematical modelling to predict how tree diseases spread, helping to inform national surveillance programs in the UK.

Rothamsted Research submits application to Defra to plant autumn-sown wheat as part of its GM field trial

The extension of the current trial will allow scientists to also study the effects of autumn aphid infestations on their experimental `aphid-repelling` wheat. A public consultation has begun

The extension of the current trial will allow scientists to also study the effects of autumn aphid infestations on their experimental `aphid-repelling` wheat. A public consultation has begun.

Bioscience to help battle ash dieback

£2.4M research funding has been provided by the BBSRC in response to this devastating fungus that threatens our third most common broadleaf tree.

£2.4M research funding has been provided by the BBSRC in response to this devastating fungus that threatens our third most common broadleaf tree.

Concern over increasing nitrogen deposits and environmental pollution in China

An international team of scientists publish a letter in the journal Nature showing alarming increases in nitrogen pollution in China over the last 30 years.

An international team of scientists, have published a meta-analysis revealing alarming increasing nitrogen deposition in China between 1980 and 2010, in a Letter to the journal Nature.

Plant oils may provide a pathway to health and sustainability

In a special edition of Plant Biotechnology, Rothamsted Scientists describe their innovative research that could produce novel plant oils to benefit human nutrition and the environment

In a special edition of Plant Biotechnology, Rothamsted Scientists describe their innovative research that could produce novel plant oils to benefit human nutrition and the environment.

Declines in UK moth species could signal a "potentially catastrophic loss of biodiversity in the British countryside"

A new report by Butterfly Conservation and Rothamsted Research has revealed that two-thirds of common larger moth species have declined in the last 40 years.

A new report by Butterfly Conservation and Rothamsted Research has revealed that two-thirds of common larger moth species have declined in the last 40 years.

The wind in the willows

Rothamsted Research scientists unlock further secrets of willow to make it an effective renewable resource to help combat climate change.

Covered by the BBC Science and Environment News

Rothamsted Research hosts the 8th Meeting of the International Aphid Genomics Consortium

Rothamsted Research chosen as the first UK location ever to host this event

On January 17th and 18th Rothamsted Research hosted the 8th Meeting of the International Aphid Genomics Consortium (IAGC).

Rothamsted scientist is appointed as a state expert in Shenzhen, China

Professor Philip Brookes receives this prestigious status from the Chinese Minister of Human Resources and Social Security

Rothamsted scientist, Professor Philip Brookes has been appointed as a state expert in Shenzhen, China. Yin Weimin, Minister of Human Resources and Social Security, awarded Professor Brookes the title of State Specially Recruited Expert during the 11th Conference on International Exchange of Professionals (CIEP).

Improving plant photosynthesis to increase crop yields

Rothamsted Research add their scientific expertise to a new Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant awarded to University of Illinois, to develop innovative approaches for enhancing photosynthetic efficiency

Rothamsted Research add their scientific expertise to a new Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant awarded to University of Illinois, to develop innovative approaches for enhancing photosynthetic efficiency

World-renowned scientist joins food research alliance

We are delighted to announce that Professor Sarah Gurr has been appointed to the new Chair of the Food Security as part of a new partnership between Exeter, Rothamsted and BBSRC on Food Security. She will play a vital part of the recently launched Food Security and Land Research Alliance, a collaboration between by Rothamsted Research and the Universities of Exeter and Bristol.

Rapeseed oil gets biotech boost

Scientists develop a simple molecular switch that could boost oil yields in oilseed rape by up to 10%

Scientists develop a simple molecular switch that could boost oil yields in oilseed rape by up to 10%

Declines in ground beetle biodiversity found in UK

Scientists reveal particularly large declines in upland moorland and in pasture in the west of the UK

Plant eating insects can drive the evolution of plants

The Rothamsted Insect Survey provides unique and valuable data in Science journal publication

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