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Securing the future of soil and the goods & services it provides us

Rothamsted Research, in collaboration with other leading UK research institutions, have been awarded £1.6M for research into Soil Security.

Scientists at Rothamsted Research, in collaboration with the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), Lancaster University, the University of Aberdeen and Imperial College London have been awarded £1.6M from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Soils Security Programme, to investigate how we can ensure sus

Scientists disappointed at results from GM wheat field trial

The results of the GM wheat field trial held by Rothamsted Research in 2012-2013 are published today.

The results of the GM wheat field trial held by Rothamsted Research in 2012-2013 are published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports today. The data show that the GM wheat did not repel aphid pests in the field as was hypothesised and was initially seen in laboratory experiments conducted by scientists at the Institute.

'The Real Beef about Meat'

Rothamsted Research, in collaboration with other leading UK research institutions, presents the ‘The Real Beef about Meat’ at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.

Rothamsted Research, in collaboration with the University of Bristol, University of Exeter and University of Reading, is delighted to present an exhibit entitled ‘The Real Beef about Me

Rothamsted Research plays a part in shaping Europe’s sustainable energy future

Having made a significant contribution to a new world report on sustainable bioenergy, Professor Angela Karp is to speak at the 2015 EU Sustainable Energy Week Policy Conference in Brussels.

Professor Angela Karp, who leads Rothamsted Research’s strategic research programme ‘Cropping Carbon’, funded by the BBSRC, has played a significant role in the development of a new international report entitled ‘Bioenergy & Sustainability: bridging t

Rothamsted Research embarks on an ambitious future with a new leadership team in place

Four senior directors have been appointed to work with Rothamsted Research’s director and chief executive, Professor Achim Dobermann, towards shaping the Institute’s future vision and strategy.

Rothamsted Research has undergone a restructuring process to further strengthen its scientific leadership, operational systems and external relations function that will support the delivery of excellent science and practical solutions to the farmers of the future. The leadership team is comprised of:

How should the valuable resource that is livestock slurry be stored?

New research considers the impact of mechanically separating livestock slurry into a liquid and solid fraction during storage on ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions.

Livestock slurry is valuable source of free, organic fertiliser, which farmers can spread on farmland. However, gases which can be lost from slurry, during collection, storage and spreading, are of environmental concern. Scientists at Rothamsted Research and the University of Milan, Italy, have examined the effect that mechanically separating anaerobically digested cattle and pig slurries into their liquid and solid fractions during storage has on ammonia and greenhouse gases  emissions.

Rothamsted Research and John Innes Centre at Cereals 2015

Rothamsted Research and the John Innes Centre to showcase the latest innovations, information and insight from the Institutes arable research at Cereals 2015.

Scientists from Rothamsted Research and the John Innes Centre (JIC) will join an estimated 25,000 farmers, agronomists and industry suppliers at Cereals 2015, from Wednesday 10th to Thursday 11th June at Booth

News flash: Insecticide resistance in the pea and bean weevil has been detected in the UK

Urgent research underway in response to reports of failure to control the pea and bean weevil with pyrethroid sprays.

Urgent research to understand the nature and extent of insecticide resistance in an increasingly damaging pest of peas and beans is underway at Rothamsted Research. The work is in response to reports of failure to control the pea and bean weevil (Sitona lineatus) with pyrethroid sprays, which are a special chemical class of active ingredients found in many modern insecticides used by growers.

Ragweed pollen concentrations predicted to rise by 2050

Airborne ragweed pollen concentrations across Europe are estimated to reach levels 4 times higher than under current conditions by 2050.

Ragweed is an invasive plant from North America with highly allergenic pollen that is spreading northwards from Central Europe. Currently, instances when ragweed pollen loads across the UK are high enough to result in hayfever symptoms are rare. But can we expect these events to become more frequent and severe in the future in response to climate change?

Potato Blight Alert Aims to Provide Early Warning to Growers for Smart Spray Management

Rothamsted Research, the James Hutton Institute and a consortium of six partners have been awarded funding of over £1.06M to develop optimised detection and control solutions of Potato Blight.

Rothamsted Research, The James Hutton Institute and a consortium of six partners led by Crop Performance Ltd., and including Spearhead Marketing Ltd., G’s Fresh, Velcourt Group Ltd, Frontier Agriculture Ltd., Burkard Manufacturing, and James Hutton Limited (formerly MRS Ltd.) have been awarded funding from Innovate UK with co-funding from AHDB Potatoes

A new degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security is ready to welcome its first students

September 2015 will be the first academic year for the new BSc (Hons) Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security; students will benefit from the expertise of four leading institutions in Hertfordshire.

Recognising the significance of training the future generations of specialists in the agricultural sector, Rothamsted Research, which is strategically funded by the BBSRC, The University of Hertfordshire, The Royal Veterinary College and Oaklands College are bringing together their expertise in this new undergraduate programme.

Rothamsted Research presents the Soil is Life! Research Exhibition Day

Come and join Rothamsted Research scientists for the Soil is Life! Research Exhibition Day - Sunday May 17th, 2015 10am to 5pm

In celebration of the International Year of Soils, Rothamsted Research presents the Soil is Life! Research Exhibition Day - Sunday May 17th, 2015, from 10am to 5pm. We will showcase the Institute’s ongoing soil research, which is at the heart of sustainable agriculture.

Making advances in the production of “insect repellent perfume” for crop protection

A new approach allows scientists to make imitations of a naturally occurring insect repellent odour

Scientists at Rothamsted Research in collaboration with Cardiff University, have, through the power of a novel approach, made new insect repellent odours (or semiochemicals). The novel approach uses a combination of biological and chemical techniques to imitate a naturally occurring odour. The new, non-naturally produced odour molecules look differently but work similarly to the original, naturally occurring insect repellent odour.

Rothamsted Research Views: Is modern farming destroying soil? Read Prof Keith Goulding’s opinion piece

Prof Keith Goulding is discussing the statement “the world on average has just over 60 years of growing crops” and what our research shows for the effects of modern farming on soil.

We are now well into the International Year of Soils, with events happening all around the country. There’s lots of information about it on the British Society of Soil Science’s website at was very pleased with the attendance at our meeting ‘Soils and Climate Change’ at Rothamsted on 24th February. We had about 120 guests and some very lively discussion, not least with some Climate Change doubters.

A balancing act: fine tuning the production of plant cell membranes

Plant cells regulate the rate of membrane production by altering their chemical composition

Scientists from Rothamsted Research , who are strategically funded by the BBSRC, have discovered a mechanism that allows plant cells to regulate the rate at which they produce membranes. The work is published in the journal The Plant Cell.

A new and unexpected metabolic pathway that underpins seedling establishment

Seeds use an enzyme called pyruvate orthophosphate dikinase (PPDK) to produce sugar from their storage reserves providing the energy needed to kick start seedling establishment

Collaborative research between scientists at Rothamsted Research, the University of Cambridge, and the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology has led to the discovery of a new and unexpected metabolic pathway that helps seeds to maximise the use of their seed storage reserves during seedling establishment.

A breath of fresh air: two new airborne disease research projects begin at Rothamsted Research

Rothamsted Research scientists receive funding to focus on the real time detection of airborne diseases.

Scientists at Rothamsted Research, with funding from HGCA, are to begin work on two new airborne disease research projects. Both research projects are to focus on the real time detection of fungal disease pressure, before visible symptoms develop, thereby aiding the timely application of fungicides.

Seasonal timing of biological events is shifting under a changing climate

Five decades of change in migrating aphids

BBSRC funded scientists at Rothamsted Research, have shown how long-term data collected by the Rothamsted Insect Survey (RIS) are crucial for linking national scale changes in the climate with the changing behavior of Britains’s insects.

Enemies at play: Interactions between a fungal pathogen and an insect pest on wheat

Interactions between Fusarium graminearum and grain aphids on wheat benefit the pathogen at the expense of the pest

Scientists from the University of Nottingham and Rothamsted Research, which receives strategic funding from the BBSRC, have found that exposure of wheat to both a fungal pathogen and an insect pest allows the fungal disease to thrive.

Rothamsted Research Apprenticeships: ensuring the workforce of tomorrow is adequately trained today

Rothamsted Research highlights the importance of apprenticeships to the workforce of tomorrow

March 9th to 13th marked National Apprenticeship Week 2015. Recognising the unique contribution that apprentices can make, Rothamsted Research, which is strategically funded by BBSRC, will, by September 2015, have ten apprentices working at the Institute’s Harpenden and North Wyke sites.

CT scanning shows why tilting trees produce more sugars for biofuel

CT scanning reveals that willows’ natural growth reaction to stress helps produce more sugars for biofuels

A team of researchers at Imperial College London, in collaboration with Rothamsted Research, have used medical imaging techniques to explore why making willow trees grow at an angle can vastly improve their biofuel yields. Using micro-CT scans, the team showed that the trees respond to being tilted by producing a sugar-rich, gelatinous fibre, which helps them stay upright.

Rothamsted Research’s 2015 Postgraduate Research Symposium

Marking the contribution of Rothamsted Research’s Postgraduate Students to the research profile of the Institute.

The work of 44 PhD students was showcased during Rothamsted Research’s 2015 Postgraduate Research Symposium. The two day event, on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th March, celebrated the significant contribution postgraduates make to a wide range of research topics within the Institute’s strategic programme.

Rothamsted Research welcomes the next Bishop of Hertford.

Rothamsted Research welcomes the Revd Canon Dr Michael Beasley, named the next Bishop of Hertford.

Rothamsted Research welcomes the Revd Canon Dr Michael Beasley, named the next Bishop of Hertford. Canon Beasley has been the Director of Mission in the Diocese of Oxford for the last five years. This follows a career in the scientific world, which for over a decade combined priestly ministry and epidemiology, the study of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations.

Resistance ’15

The 7th International meeting on pesticide resistance, Rothamsted Conference Centre, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ – 14th to 16th September, 2015.

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.

The Monogram 2015 Conference

The Rothamsted Conference Centre, Rothamsted , Harpenden, AL5 2JQ - 29th April to 1st May, 2015.

The Monogram 2015 Conference will be held at the new Rothamsted Conference Centre from 29th April to 1st May, 2015. Academics, researchers from universities, institutes and private sectors, plant breeders and all other interested parties are welcome. This year’s event will focus on new technologies in breeding; big UK and international projects; quality (cereal grain, forage and pasture); and abiotic and biotic stress. Professor Jesse Poland (Kansas State University, USA), will address the audience as a keynote speaker.