Guide to the Classical and other Long-term Experiments, Datasets and Sample Archive
It is a testament to the foresight of Sir John Lawes and Sir Henry Gilbert, as well as others who have come after them, that experiments established decades ago continue to reveal new insights and important findings of relevance to today's agriculture and its interactions with our ever-changing environment. This has been particularly evident through the application of novel molecular techniques to study historical fluctuations in plant pathogen populations and pointed to intriguing differences in plant gene-expression associated with sources of crop nutrients. The long-term experiments and sample archive provide a valuable resource for current research in all four of the scientific themes at Rothamsted. The guide to the Long-term Experiments provides a comprehensive summary of these experiments together with information on the Insect Survey and the Electronic Rothamsted Archive (e-RA).
The Rothamsted Long-term Experiments and Sample Archive are included within the new EU funded ExpeER (Distributed Infrastructure for EXPErimentation in Ecosystem Research) project. ExpeER aims to improve and facilitate access to state-of-the-art research facilities throughout Europe through its coordinated programme of Transnational Access (TA). The TA programme offers external users free access to the 33 ExpeER research sites and facilities as detailed in the TA site description sheets and includes a contribution to users travel and subsistence costs. The project started in 2010 and will continue to the end of 2014. Further details of access, including detailed descriptions of each facility, modality and conditions of access and services offered can be found on the ExpeER website.