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

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.  

Animal foraging tactics unchanged for 50M years

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

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

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.

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

a Great British Bioscience Festival exhibit starts its tour 

Rothamsted wins Silver at the Chelsea Flower Show

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.

Role of pesticides in bee decline

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.

A synthetic biology approach to improve 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

Farmers could improve the efficiency of phosphorus in crop production by coupling plants with complementary traits, which would allow them to harness the ‘phosphorus bank’ already present in soils.

Exploring the potential of ‘collaborative roots’ to make organic phosphorus available to plants is the objective of a new £1.2 million, three-year project undertaken by a scientific consortium including the James Hutton Institute, Rothamsted Research and led by Lancaster University.