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Smart farming technique to boost yields and cut fertiliser pollution

Researchers are using X-rays to help farmers increase yields and cut water pollution following an unexpected discovery in a pea and bean crop.

Researchers are using X-rays to help farmers increase yields and cut water pollution following an unexpected discovery in a pea and bean crop.

Rothamsted Research appoints Chief Information Officer

Florentin Albu, an accomplished technology leader, joins Rothamsted Research to drive the Institute’s management strategy.

Florentin Albu, an accomplished technology leader, joins Rothamsted Research to drive the Institute’s information management strategy.

PHI-base – a multi-species knowledge database to help protect crop yields and human health

The Pathogen-Host Interactions database (PHI-base) catalogues 2872 genes and associated phenotypic information for economically important pathogens and pests.

The Pathogen-Host Interactions database (PHI-base) catalogues 2872 genes and associated phenotypic information for economically important pathogens and pests. 

Losses of wheat yields are predicted due to rising temperatures

An international consortium of researchers use big data sets to predict the effects of increased temperatures due to climate change on global wheat yields.

An international consortium of researchers use big data sets to predict the effects of increased temperatures due to climate change on global wheat yields.

Joint forces help farmers in Africa to increase their yields

Rothamsted Research and Harpenden Spotlight on Africa have been working together with ICIPE to provide ecological pest management solutions to African farmers help them increase crop yields

Rothamsted Research and Harpenden Spotlight on Africa have been working together with ICIPE to provide ecological pest management solutions to African farmers help them increase crop yields

Advances in soil carbon could be the key to improving food security and water quality

An international consortium of scientists have identified advances in improving soil carbon management which could be the key to addressing serious global challenges affecting millions of people.

An international consortium of scientists have identified advances in improving soil carbon management which could be the key to addressing serious global challenges affecting millions of people. 

Gene critical to the development of low arsenic plants identified

Discovery could pave the way for a new generation of crops which do not absorb high levels of the poison

Discovery could pave the way for a new generation of crops which do not absorb high levels of the poison

Dr Stephen Moss receives BCPC award

BCPC recognises contributions in academic research, pesticide regulations and knowledge transfer to benefit crop production with this year’s BCPC Awards.

BCPC recognises contributions in academic research, pesticide regulations and knowledge transfer to benefit crop production with this year’s BCPC Awards.

Mechanisms of plant co-existence: insights from a Rothamsted 171 years old experiment.

Research on Broadbalk weed communities has helped to answer the question of how a single plot of land can support up to 20 different weed species.

Research on Broadbalk weed communities has helped to answer the question of how a single plot of land can support up to 20 different weed species.

Great British Bioscience Festival inspires thousands of young scientists

Last weekend, thousands of visitors flocked to the Great British Bioscience Festival to discover how bioscience fuels us, feeds us and keeps us healthy.

Last weekend, thousands of visitors flocked to the Great British Bioscience Festival to discover how bioscience fuels us, feeds us and keeps us healthy. 

Alpha & Omega exhibit heads to Great British Bioscience Festival

Making omega-3 fish oils in GM Camelina plants exhibitiion

Alpha & Omega: Making omega-3 fish oils in GM Camelina plants exhibition at the Great British Bioscience Festival in the Museum Gardens, Bethnal Green, London, 14th - 16th November 2014.

CROPROTECT: a knowledge exchange system to support the use of IPM by UK growers

A new project will develop a web-based knowledge exchange system to support growers in protecting their crops using integrated pest management (IPM) and alternatives to pesticides.

A new project will develop a web-based knowledge exchange system to support growers in protecting their crops using integrated pest management (IPM) and alternatives to pesticides.

Rothamsted Research receives the Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Rothamsted Research has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award for its commitment to gender equality and support for women having their careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

Rothamsted Research has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award for its commitment to gender equality and support for women having their careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

The Farm Crap App won Soil Association Innovation Award

The Farm Crap App, or formally the Farm Manure Management App can help farmers visually assess the nutritive and economic value of livestock manures

The Farm Crap App, or formally the Farm Manure Management App can help farmers visually assess the nutritive and economic value of livestock manures 

Rothamsted Research and Oaklands College join forces to launch new apprenticeship scheme

Rothamsted Research has teamed up with Oaklands College to launch the institute’s first formal apprenticeship scheme.

Rothamsted Research has teamed up with Oaklands College to launch the institute’s first formal apprenticeship scheme.

Professor Martin Parry has received a “National Friendship Award” from the Chinese Government

The award is the highest the Chinese Government makes to non-Chinese experts.

The award is the highest the Chinese Government makes to non-Chinese experts.

New collaborative research project gets under way to fight beetle pests in pulse crops by innovative lure-and-kill technology

Rothamsted Research is key partner in a new research project which aims to design and produce a control system for beetle pests of peas and beans, which does not use blanket sprays of insecticides.

Rothamsted Research is key partner in a new research project which aims to design and produce a control system for beetle pests of peas and beans, which does not use blanket sprays of insecticides. 

Training the next generation of bioscientists

Rothamsted Research is partner in two of 12 Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) funded by major BBSRC scheme

Business Secretary Vince Cable will announce £125M of funding over five years to support the training and development of 1250 PhD students today (Friday 3rd October). The announcement will be made at The Roslin Institute, part of the University of Edinburgh, where he will meet current PhD students. 

Public Dialogue on guiding principles of Rothamsted Research’s work with industry

Rothamsted Research conducted a public dialogue on the guiding principles that should underpin its work with industry. The project was independently evaluated and both reports are now published.

Rothamsted Research provides knowledge and innovation to grow more food on the same or less land, using less water, fertiliser and pesticides than historically achieved, while moving towards more sustainable agricultural systems. Rothamsted, a primarily publicly funded research organisation, is now looking to diversify its sources of income. In order to achieve this, Rothamsted will aim to collaborate more with partners that are not publicly-funded.

Rothamsted Radar Entomology Unit – over forty years of field observation

Official webpage launch for Rothamsted Radar Entomology Unit to celebrate over forty years of field observation.

Official webpage launch for Rothamsted Radar Entomology Unit to celebrate over forty years of field observation.

A big step towards more efficient photosynthesis

For the first time flowering plants have been successfully engineered to fix carbon like the blue-green algae do – this can potentially increase photosynthesis and yields in crop plants.

For the first time flowering plants have been successfully engineered to fix carbon like the blue-green algae do – this can potentially increase photosynthesis and yields in crop plants.

Pyrethroid resistance widespread in UK populations of cabbage stem flea beetle

Rothamsted Research scientists in collaboration with HGCA call for samples of cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) for further analyses.

In a collaborative project, funded by HGCA to look at resistance to pyrethroids in CSFB, scientists at Rothamsted Research have found a mutation (kdr) that is known to confer resistance. A wide range of samples collected at various locations in the UK, mainly from East Anglia and Yorkshire, have been found to be resistant to pyrethroids.

20 years of physical and atmospheric measurements reveal changes in the environment at Rothamsted

Rothamsted Research scientists release a booklet that gives a brief overview of the physical and chemical measurements and the trends that these data show over the last 20 years.

The ECN was established in 1992 as a multi-agency programme, supported by fourteen independent government departments and agencies. Rothamsted Research, which is strategically funded by the BBSRC, is a founding member because of its long-term experiments, data and archived samples. Rothamsted is one of twelve terrestrial sites that cover a range of ecosystems including lowland grassland, arable agriculture, woodland/forest and upland moorland/mountain.

Carbon stored in the world’s soils more vulnerable to climate change than expected, new study shows

The response of soil microbial communities to changes in temperature increases the potential for more carbon dioxide to be released from the world's soils as global temperatures rise, scientists have revealed.

The response of soil microbial communities to changes in temperature increases the potential for more carbon dioxide to be released from the world's soils as global temperatures rise, scientists have revealed.

The role of no-till agriculture in climate change mitigation may be over-stated

International group of scientists, led by Rothamsted Professor, publish critical review in Nature Climate Change

An international group of scientists, led by Professor David Powlson, Lawes Trust Senior Fellow at Rothamsted Research, have published a critical review in the journal Nature Climate Change which concludes that the role of no-till agriculture in mitigating climate change may be over-stated.  

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