Rothamsted Research is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor John Crawford. John Crawford joined Rothamsted Research at the beginning of November 2013 and he will lead the Institute's Delivering Sustainable Systems Strategic Programme, which is funded by the BBSRC. His aim is to support the growth of integrative research at Rothamsted.
BBSRC is investing in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology to monitor crops and crop experiments as part of several genetic improvement projects.
Rothamsted Research scientists develop Camelina sativa plants that accumulate high levels of Omega-3 oils EPA and DHA in their seeds.
Rothamsted Research scientists discover the genetic mechanisms that allow aphids to adapt to a new host plant and provide natural resistance to neonicotinoid insecticides.
ENVISION, one of the 15 partnerships funded by NERC and co-ordinated by Lancaster University, will receive £4.9M to train 60 doctoral researchers to be the future leaders in the field of environmental science in the next 5 years.
A new European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action, namely 'European Network for the Radar surveillance of Animal Movement' (ENRAM) is co-ordinated by Rothamsted Research entomologist Dr Jason Chapman to establish a European network of radar biologists, meteorologists and engineers, which will coordinate existing monitoring efforts and prediction of animal movement patterns, extend these to a continental scale, and improve weather radar products for meteorological applications.
The European Commission has awarded a consortium of research organisations, including Rothamsted Research and companies, some €1 million ($1.4 million) to develop insecticide synergists for agricultural, household and public health use.
Rothamsted Research scientists shed light on the role of wild grasses as a source of fungal pathogens able to initiate leaf blotch epidemics on barley crops.
Rothamsted Research has updated its oilseed rape online disease risk forecasts for light leaf spot and phoma leaf spot for the 2013/14 growing season.
Rothamsted researchers identify genes with the potential to prevent development of Septoria tritici blotch (STB) disease in wheat.