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Rothamsted Research Celebrates £2,500 gift from the Patron's Fund

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Charitable fund acknowledges the work of the charitable organisations for which Her Majesty, The Queen acts as a Patron.

Rothamsted Research is celebrating after receiving a £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund, the charitable fund set up to acknowledge the work of the charitable organisations for which Her Majesty, The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

Around £750,000 is available to distribute between nearly 300 charities and other organisations in the UK and the Commonwealth. The Fund received generous donations from a range of supporters; including individual donors, businesses, schools, community groups and the proceeds from The Patron’s Lunch, the event on the Mall last June.

Rothamsted Research is the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting-edge science and innovation for more than 170 years. Our mission is to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production. Our scientific strategy, for which we receive strategic funding from BBSRC, uses a dynamic and integrated approach to crop and livestock science. This strategy (2012 -2017) is delivered through four interdependent themes:

  • 20:20 Wheat
  • Cropping Carbon
  • Designing Seeds
  • Delivering Sustainable Systems

Professor Achim Dobermann, Director of Rothamsted Research said: ‘We are delighted to have The Queen as our Patron. In 2018, Rothamsted Research will be celebrating its 175th anniversary. This gift will help us to prepare a series of world leading events for the research community, the farming community, policy makers and the general public at Rothamsted Research throughout 2018. We look forward to welcoming all our valued stakeholders and colleagues and members of the public at Rothamsted Research.’

Sir Stuart Etherington, Chair of The Board of Trustees for The Patron’s Fund, said:

‘The Patron’s Fund is very pleased to be able to support Rothamsted Research with its valuable work. Rothamsted Research is among hundreds of organisations for which The Queen acts as a Patron, which between them make a difference to causes and communities in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth.’

Notes to Editors

For further information on The Patron’s Fund (Registered Charity No. 1164171), email  info@thepatronsfund.org.uk or visit www.thepatronsfund.org.uk

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About Rothamsted Research

We are the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting-edge science and innovation for over 170 years. Our mission is to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production.

Our strength lies in the integrated, multidisciplinary approach to research in plant, insect and soil science.

Rothamsted Research is strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). In 2013-2014 Rothamsted Researched received a total of £32.9M from the BBSRC.

About BBSRC

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Funded by Government, BBSRC invested over £509M in world-class bioscience in 2014-15. We support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

For more information about BBSRC, our science and our impact see: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk

For more information about BBSRC strategically funded institutes see: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/institutes