Livestock farming, that works best for individuals, communities and the planet, should be supported by studies on best practice using research farm platform facilities.
New computer model to help scientists, beekeepers and regulators to understand multiple environmental effects on honeybee colonies
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.
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.
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 study suggests that some diseases common in managed UK honeybee populations are being driven into wild bumblebee populations
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.
Sustainable intensification (SI) of crop production is required to meet increasing demand for food while sustaining planetary resources and the ecosystem services upon which agriculture depends. This issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B provides a timely reminder about the role that science must play in achieving SI.
Previously a centre exclusively for sugar beet research, the site near Bury St Edmunds will be now be used as an additional field site for the increasing range of arable experiments at Rothamsted Research complementing their other field sites that are critical to our work.
The elusive trigger that allows plants to sense the gas nitric oxide (NO), an important signalling molecule, has been tracked down. It is the first time that a central mechanism for the detection of NO in plants has been identified.