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Animal foraging tactics unchanged for 50M years

Animals have used the same technique to search for food that's in short supply for at least 50 million years, a new study suggests

Researchers analysed fossilised Eocene-era sea urchin trails from northern Spain and found the tracks reflect a search pattern still used by a huge range of creatures today.

The pioneering mathematical biologist D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson argued that “Everything is the way it is because it got that way”, meaning that to understand a phenomenon like optimal searching you must first know how it came about.

RoCRE receives funding boost through the Herts Local Enterprise Partnership

£500k of capital funding is secured from the Government growth fund for Rothamsted’s new Centre for Research and Enterprise

The Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise has received £500,000 funding as part of a historic Growth Deal with the Government which will see £199.3million invested in Hertfordshire.

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.

Frequent adverse weather events may threaten the future of wheat yields in Europe by 2060

Modelling predicts that the occurrence of adverse weather conditions is likely to increase by 2060 and this may result in reduced wheat yields in Europe. These new data are essential for the development of suitable adaptation strategies.

Modelling predicts that the occurrence of adverse weather conditions is likely to increase by 2060 and this may result in reduced wheat yields in Europe. These new data are essential for the development of suitable adaptation strategies.

Alpha & Omega: making omega-3 fish oils in GM plants

A Great British Bioscience Festival exhibit starts its tour

a Great British Bioscience Festival exhibit starts its tour 

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.

Rothamsted wins Silver at the Chelsea Flower Show

Our display on using flowers to minimise pesticide use and enhance biodiversity wins RHS award

Rothamsted scientists, Dr Sam Cook and Dr Jason Baverstock, have been awarded a Silver Flora Award by the Royal Horticultural society for their display on using flowers to minimise pesticide use and enhance biodiversity, in the Discovery category at the Chelsea Flower Show.

A synthetic biology approach to improve photosynthesis

Assembling a compartment inside chloroplasts of flowering plants has the potential to improve the efficiency of photosynthesis

Plants, algae and bacteria capture light energy from the sun and transform it into chemical energy by the process named photosynthesis.  To ensure food security in the future, yields of crops must continually be increased to keep pace with the world population. Improving the photosynthetic rate is one strategy to improve plant productivity.  Rothamsted Research scientists strategically funded by the BBSRC and in collaboration with colleagues at Cornell University funded by the U.S.

Collaborative roots could reduce reliance on phosphorus fertilisers

A consortium of UK based organisations, including Rothamsted Research, has been awarded funding to look into cropping systems that could harness the phosphorus already available in soils.

Prof. John Pickett FRS, elected to National Academy of Sciences

Professor Pickett, Michael Elliott Distinguished Research Fellow at Rothamsted Research, elected to NAS as Foreign Associate

Professor John Pickett, Michael Elliott Distinguished Research Fellow and Scientific Leader of Chemical Ecology, at Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, is among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected as fellows of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Rothamsted Insect Survey commemorates 50 years continuous operation

The Rothamsted Insect Survey operates a nation-wide network of suction- and light-traps contributing invaluable data for 50 years, in a range of studies spanning fundamental to applied ecology.

The Rothamsted Insect Survey operates a nation-wide network of suction- and light-traps contributing invaluable data for 50 years, in a range of studies spanning fundamental to applied ecology.

The future of the Rothamsted gets laid down in Stone

BBSRC Chief Executive Jackie Hunter lays the foundation stone at Rothamsted’s new centre for research and enterprise

BBSRC Chief Executive Jackie Hunter lays the foundation stone at Rothamsted’s new centre for research and enterprise

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

Sir John Beddington is appointed the new Chair of the Rothamsted Research Board of Directors

Rothamsted Research is delighted to announce that the former Government Chief Scientific Adviser will be heading its Board of Directors

Rothamsted Research is delighted to announce that Professor Sir John Beddington has been appointed as the Chair of the Rothamsted Research Board of Directors. He will take up his post at the longest running agricultural research institute in the world this week.

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

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

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.

‘Rothamsted leads the way for crop research’ says Herts MEP Vicky Ford

This week, Hitchin and Harpenden MP Rt Hon. Peter Lilley welcomed leading Conservative MEP Vicky Ford to Rothamsted Research

This week, Hitchin and Harpenden MP Rt Hon. Peter Lilley welcomed leading Conservative MEP Vicky Ford to the Rothamsted Research.

Modelling the spread of emerging epidemics; the case of Citrus Greening

Researchers develop a model allowing characterisation of the disease transmission process

Scientists at Rothamsted Research, working alongside Cambridge University have developed a model allowing characterisation of the disease transmission process, even when epidemiological data are limited due to the presence of control measures.

Producing more oil from seeds, the synthetic biology way

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

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

Light leaf spot risk remains high

Rothamsted Research has updated its oilseed rape online light leaf spot risk forecast to include winter rainfall

Rothamsted Research has updated its oilseed rape online light leaf spot risk forecast to include winter rainfall. 

Eight strategies for efficient and sustainable livestock farming

Livestock farming, that works best for individuals, communities and the planet, should be supported by studies on best practice using research farm platform facilities.

Livestock farming, that works best for individuals, communities and the planet, should be supported by studies on best practice using research farm platform facilities.

Virtual bees help to unravel complex causes of colony decline

New computer model to help scientists, beekeepers and regulators to understand multiple environmental effects on honeybee colonies

New computer model to help scientists, beekeepers and regulators to understand multiple environmental effects on honeybee colonies

Modeling predicts spread of the invasive allergenic ragweed

Rothamsted Research scientists in collaboration with a EU consortium developed a model to predict the shift in distribution of ragweed in Northern latitudes in response to climate change.

Rothamsted Research scientists in collaboration with a EU consortium developed a model to predict the shift in distribution of ragweed in Northern latitudes in response to climate change.

Biodiesel Co-Product can reduce soil nitrogen losses to groundwater

Application of biodiesel co-product (BCP) reduces the amount of soil nitrogen (N) loss when compared to traditional agricultural practices.

An important goal in agricultural sustainability that would also impact national sustainability is to establish better management of nitrogen (N) to prevent leaching of nitrate (NO3). There are existing strategies to achieve this but each has limitations. Rothamsted Research scientists, who receive strategic funding from the BBSRC, have demonstrated that a by-product of the biodiesel industry shows potential to reduce nitrate leaching and so improve agricultural sustainability.

Professor Achim Dobermann is appointed the New Director of Rothamsted Research

Rothamsted Research is delighted to announce that Professor Achim Dobermann has been appointed as its new Director

Rothamsted Research is delighted to announce that Professor Achim Dobermann has been appointed as its new Director. He will take up his post at the longest running agricultural institute in the world on 1st June 2014.

A grass roots approach to flooding

The unique Farm Platform facility of Rothamsted Research in North Wyke Devon will be used for a new project which aims to develop new grasses that enable grassland soils to capture increased volumes of rainfall, thereby reducing the risk of flooding downs

The unique Farm Platform facility of Rothamsted Research in North Wyke Devon will be used for a new project which aims to develop new grasses that enable grassland soils to capture increased volumes of rainfall, thereby reducing the risk of flooding downstream. The 5 year £2.5 million LINK project named SUREROOT is funded by the BBSRC and match-funded by a range of industrial partners from across the food production spectrum, including a seed company, major retailer and the meat, poultry and dairy industry. It is led by scientists at Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) in partnership with Rothamsted Research.

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