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The multi-site Rothamsted Research comprises the largest groupings of agricultural scientists in the UK. Our different sites have illustrious histories and continue to maintain the highest international reputations for the quality of their research and associated postgraduate training. Such recognition comes from both our scientific peers and the diverse biology-based industries we serve.
Rothamsted is the oldest agricultural research station in the world. It was founded in 1843 by John Bennet Lawes who set up field experiments with his collaborator Joseph Henry Gilbert to study the chemical composition and manurial treatment of soils These world renowned long-term experiments the so-called 'Classical Experiments' include the well-known continuous winter wheat experiment first begun on Broadbalk field in 1843. Lawes and Gilbert's 57-year research partnership laid the foundations of agricultural science in general and crop nutrition in particular. But their influence went much further - the need to handle and analyse the accumulated field data from these long-term experiments led in the early 1900s to the development of statistics as a scientific discipline. Today, the 'Classical Experiments' and the archived resources they have given, provide researchers worldwide with a unique asset that is used in studies of agricultural sustainability, environmental pollution and climate change impacts.
Rothamsted has also made other significant contributions to world science including for example, virology, nematology, pesticide resistance and the discovery of the pyrethroid insecticides, which now account for some 20% of world sales of insecticides. Nearly 500 staff are based at Rothamsted.
Established on its Suffolk base in 1962, Broom's Barn with its 40 staff, is largely devoted to work on the sugar-beet crop. The Station works closely with this sector and is largely funded through an industrial levy (via the Sugar Beet Research and Education Fund). Broom's Barn's research has provided the UK sugar-beet industry with a range of new techniques to improve production efficiency, crop quality and overall profitability.
North Wyke's mission is to undertake internationally excellent science that elucidates the interactions between soil, microbes, plants, animals, water and the atmosphere within grassland-dominated landscapes. This research will contribute to the evidence base for the sustainable, multifunctional land management systems that are adaptable to different production and/or environmental goals; help protect our natural resources; help mitigate against, and adapt to, climate change and take account of changing social, economic, policy and environmental conditions. North Wyke works to ensure the economic and social impact of its research, regionally, nationally and internationally, through innovation, training and the engagement with users, policy makers, stakeholders and the general public
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Operates two national networks for monitoring insect populations in the UK. More...
Provides the research community access to a range of in situ state-of-the-art instrumentation in hydrologically isolated fields and farms to better address key issues in sustainable agriculture. More...
A database of interactions between pathogens and their hosts maintained at Rothamsted Research with international input. More...
These have been running since the mid 19th Century, provide a unique experimental system and archive of soil and plant samples. More...
Rothamsted Research receives
strategic funding from the BBSRC
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