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Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection

Covering the practical and fundamental aspects of Chemical Ecology, Pesticide Resistance and Lipid Metabolism

Head of Department: Prof Linda Field
Deputy Head of Department: Dr Michael Birkett
Departmental Secretary: Mrs Sheila Bishop

Research Teams

Lipid Metabolism and Signalling

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Research focuses on lipid metabolism and signalling, in particular on the mechanism and roles of lipid catabolism and the impact of these processes on plant physiology and lipid engineering.

Pesticide Resistance

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The research of this group involves the detection/monitoring of resistance to existing and new pesticides and genetic and toxicological characterisation of resistance traits.

Chemical Ecology

Chemical ecology research at Rothamsted exploits long established and acclaimed expertise in the identification and development of pheromones and other semiochemicals (signalling chemicals) for use in crop protection.

Department Articles

National Insect Week Podcast

As part of National Insect Week (organised by the Royal Entomology SocietyProfessor Lin Field discusses the work of the BCCP group, Rothamsted and debates whether the use of neonicotinoid insecticides are causing the recent decline in bee abundances.

Resistance to Pyrethroids in Varroa destructor

The poster Resistance to pyrethroids in Varroa destructor is to be presented at The Seventh International Symposium on Molecular Insect Science.

New evolutionary mechanism in fungicide resistance

Analysis of samples from a 160-year-old experiment at Rothamsted Research reveals the re-emergence of an ancient gene due to modern agricultural practices.

Pests and diseases can develop resistance to chemicals used for crop protection, and this poses a major challenge for future food security. The phenomenon of resistance is not unique to agriculture – the issue of drug resistance by microbiotic organisms poses serious challenges for human health also.

Role of pesticides in bee decline

Scientists call for evidence-driven debate

An international panel of scientists including Professor Lin Field from Rothamsted Research, which receives strategic funding from the BBSRC, is today calling for an evidence-driven debate over whether a widely used type of insecticide is to blame for declines in bees and other insect pollinators.

Neonicotinoids and bees

Rothamsted's position on the effects of Neonicotinoids insecticides on and bee behaviour.

Publications

Peer reviewed publications from the BCCP department

See also

Neonicotinoids and bees

Rothamsted's position on the effects of Neonicotinoids insecticides on and bee behaviour.

Advanced Training Partnerships

Rothamsted Research offers a post graduate award in Current Research in Crop Protection, as part of the BBSRC Advanced Training Partnerships Programme

Department Press Releases

Resistance ’15

The latest in a series of conferences that commenced at the University of Southampton in 1986 will continue at Rothamsted Research in 2015. Resistance ’15, starting Monday 14th and ending Wednesday 16th September, will cover resistance to fungicides, herbicides and insecticides. Academics and researchers from universities, institutes and the private sectors, personnel from the agrochemical industry, and end users involved in implementing crop protection policy and practice are welcome.

Role of pesticides in bee decline

An international panel of scientists including Professor Lin Field from Rothamsted Research, which receives strategic funding from the BBSRC, is today calling for an evidence-driven debate over whether a widely used type of insecticide is to blame for declines in bees and other insect pollinators.

Tsetse fly genome; an invaluable resource towards the control of sleeping sickness

Rothamsted Research scientists are part of the international consortium that sequenced the genome of the tsetse fly and started characterising the sensory genes of the flies.

Rothamsted Research is granted permission by Defra to carry out a field trial with GM Camelina plants

Rothamsted Research is granted permission by Defra to carry out a field trial with GM Camelina plants that produce omega-3 fish oils in their seeds.

Producing more oil from seeds, the synthetic biology way

Rothamsted Research scientists use multistep metabolic engineering to boost seed oil content

Rothamsted Research submits application to Defra for permission to carry out GM field trial

The trial will test whether GM Camelina sativa plants are able to make significant quantities of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) in the seed of the plant under field conditions. A public consultation has begun.

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Employment vacancies - Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection

Molecular Biology/Plant Transformation Research Technician (Ref: 1397)

We are seeking a research technician to join the omega-3 “fish oils” project within the “Designing Seeds” Institute Strategic Programme at Rothamsted Research, based at our Harpenden Site.

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Studentships vacancies

  • Securing seed oil synthesis: what can we learn from the extremities?

    Vegetable oils underpin the global bio-based economy, securing the supply of these oils is the challenge facing modern Agriculture.  To meet this challenge, it is essential to identify the controlling factors that are influenced by environmental stress and regulate the flux of fatty acids through various oil assembly pathways to produce seed oils. Much progress has been made in seed acyl-lipid metabolism using model species; this project will use the extremophile oilseed species to identify lipid associated stress tolerance strategies.

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View Mrs Sarah Atkins Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Vanderson Barbosa Bernardo Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Dr Cristina Barrero-Sicilia Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
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View Miss Katherine Beadle Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
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View Dr Michael Birkett Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
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View Miss Alix Blockley Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
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View Dr Emyr Davies Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Pilar Diez De La Fuente Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mrs Manuela Eckel-Zimmer Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Prof Linda Field Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Stephen Foster Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Bart Fraaije Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Andre Franceschini Sarria Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Miss Leanne Freeman Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection, Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Miss Lucy Gannon Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
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View Dr Joel Gonzalez Cabrera Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
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View Mr Omar Gutierrez Alonso Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection, Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
View Dr Mary Hamilton Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Bing Hao Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
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View Dr Richard Haslam Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
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View Miss Suzanne Partridge Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Alexandra Paul Plant Biology and Crop Science, Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Ricardo Porto Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
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View Ms Emma Randall Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mrs Sonia Rodriguez-Vargas Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Olga Sayanova Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Theresia Schaedler Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Kumar Saurabh Singh Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Lesley Smart Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Ms Laura Stoffels Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Dr Frederica Theodoulou Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Bartek Troczka Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Sarah Usher Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Royah Vaezi Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Jozsef Vuts Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Nigel Watts Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection, Agroecology, Plant Biology and Crop Science, Business Information Services Harpenden
View Mr Martin Williamson Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr David Withall Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Christine Woodcock Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Hongtao Zhang Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Jing-Jiang Zhou Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Christoph Zimmer Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden