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Novel oil from glass house grown GM plants can substitute fish oil in fish feeds

Consumption of omega-3 fish oils, specifically long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-3 LC-PUFA), through the consumption of oily fish like salmon and mackerel, has been linked with improved cardiovascular health and cognitive development. The primary dietary sources of these fatty acids are marine fish either wild or farmed (aquaculture). Fish, like humans, accumulate the omega-3 fish oils through the consumption of other organisms in the marine food chain or, in farmed fish, through fishmeal and fish oil in feeds.

Rothamsted Research and NIAB join forces at Broom’s Barn farm

Rothamsted Research, Lawes Agricultural Trust (LAT) and NIAB have signed an agreement to jointly use the Broom’s Barn farm for field experiments.


Rothamsted Research celebrates the International Year of Soils

Septoria pathogen “hijacks” wheat crop defences

Scientists identify the mechanisms by which the fungal pathogen of wheat causing Septoria Tritici Blotch manipulates plant immune responses to its own advantage.

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.

Rothamsted Research appoints Head of Site at North Wyke

Professor Michael Lee, an expert in ruminant nutrition, will be Head of Site at North Wyke, Rothamsted Research’s site for grassland systems research. 

Rothamsted Research appoints Chief Information Officer

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. 

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.

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