Rothamsted Research

where knowledge grows

The Rothamsted Research mission is to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production. This mission aims to benefit society by finding solutions as global demands for food, energy and water increase.

Communicating our science and engaging the wider public about our work, is essential in achieving this mission. Our 'Science Stories' section brings together a number of detailed scientific papers and experimental work into a more digestible format aimed at a wider audience. We hope you find them informative and helpful.

What is Agroecology?

In the past few years, we’ve seen a great deal of media coverage on biodiversity, which emphasizes how important it is to us, and to the natural systems in which we live.  In a nutshell, our ecosystem benefits humans by providing life’s essentials: clean water, protection against floods, the air we breathe and the food we eat, which we call ecosystem services.  So what is agroecology? And how can we utilise biodiversity to mutual benefit of the living things around us, and ourselves?

Push Pull in Africa Infographic

Our push-pull management system in Africa, as a scrollable graphic story.

Smart field margins

Historically, schemes for reducing the impact of farming on the environment have used uncropped areas to address more singular environmental impacts, like the decline of farmland birds.

Oilseed Rape in Disguise

How changing the petals of OSR can help fend off pollen beetles, by being less attractive and how this fits in with a much larger vision for pest management.

Push Pull in Africa

Harnessing the power of ecology to manage pests in maize plants in East Africa.

Nitro(next)gen Infographic

Nitrogen efficiency is key to sustainable agriculture. Why is it so important? And how do we gain insight for green solutions?

Aphids, mummies and cadavers!

Wasps, fungi and ladybirds depend on aphids to live. How do they interact with one another?

Moths migrate with precision

Our study on the Silver Y moth debunks the idea that all insects migrate haphazardly

Aphids diversify

We trap and report aphid numbers each week. Find out why these insects survive so well, using a host of strategies.

Tracking insects

Rothamsted monitors insects in real-time.

Beetles everywhere?

Carabid beetles are in decline, but their role in farms can be beneficial. Can management regimes help their numbers?

Soil: more resilient than we thought

We looked at fields monitored since the 60's, focusing on stressed soil. We found species numbers came back much faster than expected.

It all starts with a seed

More diverse than the ocean, life in the soil serves vital functions in the ecosystem beneath your feet. We explore it, using the power of genomics.

Hungry hungry beetles

Carabids are ubiquitous in many landscapes, but can they lend a helping hand in agriculture? Do their eating habits serve a role?