Rothamsted Research

where knowledge grows

About Us

Rothamsted is the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting-edge science and innovation for more than170 years. Our work is shaped by our four Core Values which form the basis of our organisational culture and everything we do at the Institute: We pursue excellence

  • We are committed to delivering the highest quality research, products and services
  • We continuously seek to improve our research and service offerings
  • We are dedicated to making a positive impact for our stakeholders We embrace innovation and change

  • We are agile and responsive to the changing needs of our stakeholders
  • We inspire and facilitate creative ideas and new methodologies
  • We seize new opportunities for learning and growth We act with integrity

  • We are honest, open and ethical in all our dealings
  • We are accountable for our actions, our decisions and results
  • We base our judgements on principles, relevance, evidence and fact We work collaboratively

  • We build relationships based on trust and mutual respect
  • We work together to achieve common goals
  • We acknowledge the contribution of others and make use of their thoughts and expertise

Our mission is to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production.

No single approach can deliver sustainable agriculture with high productivity and value. A broad perspective that encompasses the whole plant system is needed and a careful balance of approaches is required. Rothamsted integrates biotechnology with other areas of science such as agronomy and agro-ecology so both existing and new knowledge can be implemented through agricultural practice.

Our strength therefore lies in our integrated, multidisciplinary approach to research in plant and soil science.

Our Annual Report 2015 has been launched and can be found here

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Invitations to tender/Procurement

Occasionally the Institute issues invitations to tender. The details of these can be found here .

Corporate Information

Rothamsted Research Limited is an independent charitable company, limited by guarantee and governed by a Board of non-executive Trustee Directors.

The Lawes Agricultural Trust

The Lawes Agricultural Trust (LAT) aids the advancement of agricultural science through providing support for Rothamsted Research in a number of ways:

The History of Rothamsted Research

Rothamsted is almost certainly the oldest agricultural research station in the world. Its foundation dates from 1843 when John Bennet Lawes, the owner of the Rothamsted Estate, appointed Joseph Henry Gilbert, a chemist, as his scientific collaborator.

Careers and Training

We have over 200 scientists supported by experts in the fields of IT, commercialisation, finance, communications and HR, based across 2 sites with world class facilities and collaborations in many countries worldwide. We are an organizational member of vitae (the global leader in the professional development of researchers) and have won various awards, including the prestigious Athena Swan award, promoting women's careers in science.