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Sir John Beddington is appointed the new Chair of the Rothamsted Research Board of Directors

Rothamsted Research is delighted to announce that Professor Sir John Beddington has been appointed as the Chair of the Rothamsted Research Board of Directors. He will take up his post at the longest running agricultural research institute in the world this week.

Rothamsted Research is granted permission by Defra to carry out a field trial with GM Camelina plants

Rothamsted Research is granted permission by Defra to carry out a field trial with GM Camelina plants that produce omega-3 fish oils in their seeds.

‘Rothamsted leads the way for crop research’ says Herts MEP Vicky Ford

This week, Hitchin and Harpenden MP Rt Hon. Peter Lilley welcomed leading Conservative MEP Vicky Ford to the Rothamsted Research.

Modelling the spread of emerging epidemics; the case of Citrus Greening

Scientists at Rothamsted Research, working alongside Cambridge University have developed a model allowing characterisation of the disease transmission process, even when epidemiological data are limited due to the presence of control measures.

Producing more oil from seeds, the synthetic biology way

Rothamsted Research scientists use multistep metabolic engineering to boost seed oil content

Light leaf spot risk remains high

Rothamsted Research has updated its oilseed rape online light leaf spot risk forecast to include winter rainfall. 

Eight strategies for efficient and sustainable livestock farming

Livestock farming, that works best for individuals, communities and the planet, should be supported by studies on best practice using research farm platform facilities.

Virtual bees help to unravel complex causes of colony decline

New computer model to help scientists, beekeepers and regulators to understand multiple environmental effects on honeybee colonies

Modeling predicts spread of the invasive allergenic ragweed

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.

Biodiesel Co-Product can reduce soil nitrogen losses to groundwater

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.