Rothamsted Research

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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

Publications

Peer reviewed publications from the BCCP department

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.

Neonicotinoids and bees

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

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.

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

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.

A single diatom accumulates EPA and DHA high value Omega-3

Rothamsted Research scientists demonstrate for the first time the use of metabolic engineering in microalgae to modify the accumulation of high value Omega-3 fatty acids.

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Department People

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