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
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.
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.
Rothamsted scientists reported declines amongst three quarters of the UK carabid beetle species in State of Nature report.
A new report by Butterfly Conservation and Rothamsted Research has revealed that two-thirds of common larger moth species have declined in the last 40 years.
We aim to improve existing biennial and perennial margin options to deliver effective biological control of crop pests of the whole arable crop rotation.
Studying the microbial communities in soil and in association with plants.
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.
Studying the movement and ecology of insect pollinators in agricultural landscapes and the consequences for their population dynamics and crop and wildflower pollination.
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.
Focussing on optimising the sustainable yield and biomass composition of perennial non-food crops (especially willows) for bioenergy, biofuels and other industrial products.
The Rothamsted Insect Survey operates two national networks for monitoring insect populations in the UK.
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