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Rothamsted Radar Entomology Unit – over forty years of field observation

Official webpage launch for Rothamsted Radar Entomology Unit to celebrate over forty years of field observation.

A big step towards more efficient photosynthesis

For the first time flowering plants have been successfully engineered to fix carbon like the blue-green algae do – this can potentially increase photosynthesis and yields in crop plants.

Pyrethroid resistance widespread in UK populations of cabbage stem flea beetle

In a collaborative project, funded by HGCA to look at resistance to pyrethroids in CSFB, scientists at Rothamsted Research have found a mutation (kdr) that is known to confer resistance. A wide range of samples collected at various locations in the UK, mainly from East Anglia and Yorkshire, have been found to be resistant to pyrethroids.

20 years of physical and atmospheric measurements reveal changes in the environment at Rothamsted

The ECN was established in 1992 as a multi-agency programme, supported by fourteen independent government departments and agencies. Rothamsted Research, which is strategically funded by the BBSRC, is a founding member because of its long-term experiments, data and archived samples. Rothamsted is one of twelve terrestrial sites that cover a range of ecosystems including lowland grassland, arable agriculture, woodland/forest and upland moorland/mountain.

Carbon stored in the world’s soils more vulnerable to climate change than expected, new study shows

The response of soil microbial communities to changes in temperature increases the potential for more carbon dioxide to be released from the world's soils as global temperatures rise, scientists have revealed.

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.