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Agroecology

Our mission is to understand the ecological mechanisms that deliver sustainable crop production. We have expertise in movement and spatial ecology of pests and pollinators, above and below-ground functional biodiversity and weed ecology.

The Department specialises in experimental and quantitative ecology and produces high impact research from plot to continental scales. Our science is supported by a unique combination of facilities including the Rothamsted Insect Survey (National Capability), eight 'Classical' experiments as well as a 330 ha research farm, unique Vertical Looking and Harmonic Radars and insect behaviour and field labs.

Over 30 staff and students are clustered into five research groups.

Head of Department: Dr Angela Karp

Departmental Secretary: Karen Wright

Research Teams

Weed Ecology

Understanding how weed biology interacts with various chemical and non-chemical options for controlling weeds in crops and ecosystem services to balance productivity and biodiversity.

Pollination Ecology Group

Studying the movement and ecology of insect pollinators in agricultural landscapes and the consequences for their population dynamics and crop and wildflower pollination.

Perennial Biomass Crops

Focussing on optimising the sustainable yield and biomass composition of perennial non-food crops (especially willows) for bioenergy, biofuels and other industrial products.

Rothamsted Insect Survey

The Rothamsted Insect Survey operates two national networks for monitoring insect populations in the UK.

Insect Migration and Spatial Ecology

Using entomological radars, tethered-flight systems and large-scale field sampling programs to study the movement ecology and population dynamics of insects over large scales.

Department Articles

Publications

Peer reviewed publications from the Agroecology Department

Department Press Releases

Modeling predicts spread of the invasive allergenic ragweed

Rothamsted Research scientists in collaboration with a EU consortium developed a model to predict the shift in distribution of ragweed in Northern latitudes in response to climate change.

Biodiesel Co-Product can reduce soil nitrogen losses to groundwater

An important goal in agricultural sustainability that would also impact national sustainability is to establish better management of nitrogen (N) to prevent leaching of nitrate (NO3). There are existing strategies to achieve this but each has limitations. Rothamsted Research scientists, who receive strategic funding from the BBSRC, have demonstrated that a by-product of the biodiesel industry shows potential to reduce nitrate leaching and so improve agricultural sustainability.

Managed honeybees linked to new diseases in wild bees

A study suggests that some diseases common in managed UK honeybee populations are being driven into wild bumblebee populations

Branching out: from model plants to coppiced trees

Researchers from Rothamsted and the Sainsbury Laboratory identify a coppicing response gene in biomass willow

Working with Bright Crop to inspire the next generation of food producers

Rothamsted Research, which received strategic BBSRC funding, is proud to be a partner in the important Bright Crop initiative and two of Rothamsted’s excellent early career scientists, Izzadora Andrew and William Macalpine, have been sharing their video experiences on the Bright Crop website.

"Park Grass" soil - a reference for EU soil forensic science

The Park Grass experiment at Rothamsted Research, which is strategically funded by BBSRC, has been described as one of the most important in the world in the area of bio-diversity and bio-ecology. Park Grass is one of a few Long Term Experiments (LTEs) that are run at Rothamsted Research and collectively comprise a National Capability.

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Department People

title First Name Last Name Department Location
View Mrs Lynda Alderson AGEC Harpenden
View Miss Izzadora Andrew AGEC Harpenden
View Dr Shalva Barjadze AGEC Harpenden
View Mr Timothy Barraclough AGEC Harpenden
View Mr Glyn Barrett AGEC Harpenden
View Dr Jason Baverstock AGEC Harpenden
View Dr James Bell AGEC Harpenden
View Mrs Sue Bird AGEC Harpenden
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View Dr Jason Chapman AGEC Harpenden
View Mrs Suzannah Chapman AGEC Harpenden
View Miss Frances Cheesman AGEC Harpenden
View Mr Ian Clark AGEC Harpenden
View Dr Sam Cook AGEC Harpenden
View Mrs Pamela Couchman AGEC Harpenden
View Dr Jennifer Cunniff AGEC Harpenden
View Dr Femke de Jong AGEC Harpenden
View Dr Ian Denholm AGEC Harpenden
View Mr Michael Easter AGEC Harpenden
View Mr Andrew Ferguson AGEC Harpenden
View Mr Steve Freeman AGEC, SSGS Harpenden
View Mr Peter Fruen AGEC Harpenden
View Mr James Greig AGEC Harpenden
View Miss Georgina Halford AGEC Harpenden
View Mr Mike Hall AGEC, PBCS Harpenden
View Dr Steven Hanley AGEC Harpenden
View Dr Richard Harrington AGEC Harpenden
View Dr Alison Haughton AGEC Harpenden
View Mr David Hernandez AGEC Harpenden
View Dr Penny Hirsch AGEC Harpenden
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View Miss Daniela Izera AGEC Harpenden
View Dr Lucy James AGEC Harpenden
View Dr Hernandez Allic Javier AGEC Harpenden
View Miss Hayley Jones AGEC Harpenden
View Dr Chris Jones AGEC Harpenden
View Mr Ivan Juran AGEC Harpenden
View Dr Angela Karp AGEC Harpenden
View Mrs Tracey Kruger PBCS, AGEC Harpenden
View Dr Jason Lim AGEC Harpenden
View Mr William Macalpine AGEC Harpenden
View Mr Andrew Martin AGEC Harpenden
View Dr Timothy Mauchline AGEC Harpenden
View Miss Helen Metcalfe AGEC Harpenden
View Mr Oliver Molloy AGEC Harpenden
View Mr Daniel Morais AGEC Harpenden
View Dr Stephen Moss AGEC Harpenden
View Mr Andrew Moss CSYS, AGEC, PBCS Harpenden
View Miss Lucy Nevard AGEC Harpenden
View Dr Paul Neve AGEC Harpenden
View Miss Yesica Pallavicini Fernande AGEC Harpenden
View Mrs Susan Parker AGEC Harpenden
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View Dr Ian Shield AGEC Harpenden
View Mr Christopher Shortall AGEC Harpenden
View Mr Matthew Skellern AGEC Harpenden
View Mr David Steele AGEC, PBCS Harpenden
View Dr Jonathan Storkey AGEC Harpenden
View Miss Jennifer Swain AGEC Harpenden
View Mr Mark Taylor AGEC Harpenden
View Dr Bogdan Tofanica AGEC Harpenden
View Mr Martin Torrance AGEC Harpenden
View Prof Helmut Van Emden AGEC Harpenden
View Mr Paul Verrier AGEC Harpenden
View Mr Nigel Watts AGEC, PBCS, BIS Harpenden
View Miss Trish Wells AGEC Harpenden
View Miss Carly Whittaker AGEC Harpenden
View Miss Karen Wright AGEC Harpenden
View Ms Nicola Yates AGEC Harpenden