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 Press Releases

A study of the genetic code of bed bugs reveals that these human blood feeders are adaptive and hardy

Much like how our eyes scan a sequence of letters to read and understand a sentence of English, scientists have, for the first time, sequenced and annotated the genetic code of the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius). This has allowed them to read the bed bug genetic makeup and make big steps in understanding the genes which are linked to evolutionary adaptations in the insect’s biology and behaviour. The research, which was carried out by a group of over 80 scientists based across the world, is today [2nd February] published in Nature Communications.

Fatty acids from GM oilseed crops could replace fish oil

Oil from genetically modified (GM) oil seed crops could replace fish oil as a primary source of the beneficial Omega 3 fatty acid EPA.

The goal of the research was to discover whether mammals (using mice as a model) can absorb and accumulate EPA from this novel source of omega-3s.

The team examined levels of EPA in various organs in the body such as the liver, as well as its effect on the expression of genes key for regulating the way the body processes fats. The results show that the benefits were similar to those derived from fish oils.

The CROPROTECT App: a new mobile phone App to assist in crop protection decision making

Crop protection is an issue of increasing concern in the farming community. Improved access to information about managing pests, weeds and diseases is needed as conventional pesticides are being lost due to evolution of resistance or because of changes in legislation. The CROPROTECT App is a novel smartphone App (for Android and iOS) and provides information for farmers and agronomists about pest, weed and disease management.

Role of pesticides in bee decline: a review of the natural science evidence base

Whether neonicotinoids harm bees and other insect pollinators is one of the most contentious questions that environmental policy makers have to grapple with today.  In the last ten years over 400 scientific papers have been published on this topic, some contradicting each other, making it very difficult for non-specialists to access the entire evidence base.

Update on pyrethroid resistance in Cabbage Stem Flea Beetles

Cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB), Psylliodes chrysocephala, is a major pest of winter oilseed rape (OSR) in several European countries particularly attacking young emerging plants in autumn. Up until December 2013, seedlings were protected by neonicotinoid seed treatments. An EU-imposed restriction, currently in place for these compounds when applied to OSR seed, has resulted in growers having to use the only alternative; pyrethroid sprays.

A new climate-smart companion cropping system allows African farmers to substantially increase their yields

Using appropriate combinations of carefully selected companion crops, scientists at Rothamsted Research, in a collaborative project led by International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), have shown how smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa can increase their agricultural production amid the challenges posed by climate change.

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Department People

title First Name Last Name Department Location
View Miss Heather Angus Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Gia Aradottir Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Tom Ashfield Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mrs Sarah Atkins Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Paulo Barcellos Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Ms Cristina Barrero-Sicilia Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Chris Bass Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Ian Baynes Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Katherine Beadle Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Dr Frederic Beaudoin Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Madeleine Berger Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection, Agroecology Harpenden
View Dr Michael Birkett Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mrs Sheila Bishop Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Alix Blockley Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Dr Richard Broughton Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Toby Bruce Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Lucas Bruguier Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Charles Bultel Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Irene Castellan Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr John Caulfield Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Sandrine Chaillout Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Keith Chamberlain Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mrs Di Cox Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Emyr Davies Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Vincenzo Di Ilio Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Pilar Diez De La Fuente Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Ms Darja Dobermann Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Fryni Drizou Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Claire Dumenil Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Ms Ana Fallard Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Andrew Farnham Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mrs Donna Fellowes 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
View Mr William Garrood Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Sam Gilzean Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection, Business Information Services Harpenden
View Dr Joel Gonzalez Cabrera Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Irene Gonzalez-Thuillier Plant Biology and Crop Science, Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Alex Greenslade Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection, Agroecology Harpenden
View Mr John Grzeskowiak Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Dr Mary Hamilton Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mrs Lihua Han Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Ms Sandra Harvey Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Richard Haslam Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Ms Marla Hassemer Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Nichola Hawkins Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Rafael Homem Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Antony Hooper Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Sofia Iqbal Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Miss Laura James Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Kevin King Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Andrew Landels Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Pierre Le Fur Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Ms Fen Li Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Dr John Lucas Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr George Lund Plant Biology and Crop Science, Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mrs Jing Luo Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Ms Helen Martin Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mrs Janet Martin Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Michaela Matthes Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Flora McCluskey Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Dr Kirsty McInnes Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Hamish McLean Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Dr Louise Michaelson Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Clara Montgomery Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Graham Moores Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Mr Andrew Moss Computational & Systems Biology, Plant Biology and Crop Science, Agroecology, Business Information Services, Sustainable Soil and Grassland Systems, Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Prof Johnathan Napier Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection, Directorate Harpenden
View Mrs Linda Oliphant Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Rachel Oliphant Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Maria Oszvald Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection, Plant Biology and Crop Science Harpenden
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 Dr Lucia Primavesi Plant Biology and Crop Science, Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Dr Alex Pudney Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Mirel Puinean Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Megan Rafter Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Rebecca Reid Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Ms Johanna Revol-Cavalier Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mrs Karen Richards Directorate, Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Ewan Richardson Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Miss Ailie Robinson Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Mr Guilherme Rossato Augusti 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 Miss Stefanie Schlaeger Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Miss Susana Silvestre Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Amma Simon Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Cassie Sims Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Beant Singh 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 Mr Richard Smith Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Miss Patrycja Sokolowska Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Prof Frederica Theodoulou Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Gareth Thomas Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Mr Chris Till Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Mr Bartek Troczka Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Sarah Usher Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Ms Alessia Vitiello Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Jozsef Vuts Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Richard Washbrooke Plant Biology and Crop Science, Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection
View Mrs Angela Westrup Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection 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 Zhenfei Zhang Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Dr Jing-Jiang Zhou Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden
View Mr Emmanuel Ziramba Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection Harpenden