Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise (RoCRE) opens its doors to a specialist in crop and livestock nutrition that is keen to find specific solutions for UK farming

  • 28
  • SEP
  • 2017

Crop and livestock nutrition is the focus of the latest enterprise to set up its research and development facility on the Rothamsted campus where the affiliated Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise (RoCRE) provides incubation space for agricultural technology businesses.

Timac Agro UK today announced that it has established its headquarters at RoCRE to take advantage of the hub for agri-tech businesses, which promotes collaboration and innovation by partnering research with commercial organisations.

“We now have 15 businesses on site and we are delighted that Timac is joining the Rothamsted community,” says Chris Dunkley, executive director of RoCRE. “By partnering in this way, the science that Rothamsted does becomes more relevant and practical to the wider industry, and we are very much looking forward to working together.”

Timac specialises in plant and animal nutrition, creating products from arable and grass fertiliser to bio-stimulants, soil conditioners, mineral blocks, bedding and slurry enhancers. It sees the move to the Rothamsted site as a way of further developing its research and industry links.

“Our job is to enhance nutrient efficiency to better meet plant and animal needs and help farmers to make greater margins,” says Cyril Cappe, Timac’s general manager. “UK farmers have specific challenges and needs, and by working with Rothamsted we can develop specific solutions.”

Cappe adds: “We want to help build a sustainable business for farmers and for the next generation of Timac Agro UK. To do that we need to go a bit further than everyone else, working with scientists and experts in their field to increase nutrition efficiencies.”

Timac’s parent company is the Roullier Group, based in Brittany. “As a global company we are always investing in research and development, with over 70 partnerships with universities around the globe.” Timac has already funded a Rothamsted PhD project on the control of tillering in wheat, and is developing a demonstration platform on Rothamsted’s 400ha farm.

“We will be able to carry out trials and bring farmers along to see what we’re doing,” says Cappe. “We also have access to the large conference facility and a network of like-minded agri-tech companies which will help us to extend our innovation and ability to think outside the box. This move is a key milestone to allow further development and reinforce our links in the UK agricultural market.”

The Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Rothamsted Research and the Lawes Agricultural Trust are shareholders of RoCRE. BBSRC also provides strategic funding for Rothamsted Research.

Rothamsted Research contacts:

Chris Dunkley, Chief Executive, Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise | Tel: +44 (0) 1582 938 678 | Email:

Bill O’Neill, Rothamsted Communications | Tel: +44 (0) 1582 938 525 | E-mail:

Timac Agro UK contact:

Annalise Thomson | Tel: +44 (0) 1582 958444 | E-mail:

About Timac Agro UK

Timac Agro UK is a specialist in plant and animal nutrition with extensive expertise in crop nutrition, soil conditioning and fertiliser efficiency, offering a specific range of fertilisers adapted to local soils and farmers' needs. As a Roullier Group subsidiary, in its traditional business of agri-supplies, Timac Agro UK provides its customers with products that meet the highest international quality and safety standards. Our fertiliser efficiency technologies are revolutionary in the market and enable growers to optimise their fertiliser investment, while at the same time improving their environmental stewardship practices. Our technologies are proven not only in our own laboratories, but in field trials all around the world, with prominent growers and through university research, in order for individual growers to be confident in the efficiency of our products. Our strength comes from the experience of 50 countries around the globe, transferring R&D into success. Timac Agro UK has a strong team of crop nutritionists, working in partnership with agricultural distribution, who provide recommendations and monitoring services to farmers in order for them to improve performance, maximise outputs, and thus meet their specific needs.

About Rothamsted Research
Rothamsted Research is the longest-running agricultural research institute in the world. We work from gene to field with a proud history of ground-breaking discoveries, from crop treatment to crop protection, from statistical interpretation to soils management. Our founders, in 1843, were the pioneers of modern agriculture, and we are known for our imaginative science and our collaborative influence on fresh thinking and farming practices.
Through independent science and innovation, we make significant contributions to improving agri-food systems in the UK and internationally. In terms of the institute’s economic contribution, the cumulative impact of our work in the UK was calculated to exceed £3000 million a year in 20151. Our strength lies in our systems approach, which combines science and strategic research, interdisciplinary teams and partnerships.
Rothamsted is also home to three unique resources. These National Capabilities are open to researchers from all over the world: The Long-Term Experiments, Rothamsted Insect Survey and the North Wyke Farm Platform.
We are strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), with additional support from other national and international funding streams, and from industry. We are also supported by the Lawes Agricultural Trust (LAT).
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About LAT
The Lawes Agricultural Trust, established in 1889 by Sir John Bennet Lawes, supports Rothamsted Research’s national and international agricultural science through the provision of land, facilities and funding. LAT, a charitable trust, owns the estates at Harpenden and Broom's Barn, including many of the buildings used by Rothamsted Research. LAT provides an annual research grant to the Director, accommodation for nearly 200 people, and support for fellowships for young scientists from developing countries. LAT also makes capital grants to help modernise facilities at Rothamsted, or invests in new buildings.