News › Rothamsted Research experiments protected by injunction
29 May 2012
The High Court has granted an injunction to protect the open field experiments at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. This was in response to an application by the Lawes Agricultural Trust (the land owner) and other charities to protect work of significant scientific and historical value to the UK.
This was prompted by concerns that experiments were under threat of destruction, including a controlled experiment to test wheat, genetically modified to repel greenfly and blackfly. The protest group, Take The Flour Back and others, have made clear their intentions to destroy this work at any time.
Related links› Rothamsted Wheat Trial
› Documents relating to the injunction
› Rothamsted Research's Classical Experiments
› Lawes Agricultural Trust
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Notes to EditorsThe Lawes Agricultural Trust was created in 1889 by Sir John Bennett Laws to ensure that his scientific work continued in perpetuity. Experiments on the site have been carried out since 1843 and is the oldest such site in the world at which scientific agricultural research is being undertaken.
The trial at Rothamsted Research uses modified what to deter aphids, an insect pest which can seriously damage wheat crops. The protest group had threatened at Sunday’s rally to 'decontaminate' the site unless the research was halted.
The trial is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
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