Rothamsted

Scientists find a new way to switch on dormant plant genes

Scientists find a new way to switch on dormant plant genes

Rothamsted scientists have found a new way to switch on dormant plant genes, one which does not require the insertion...

May 6, 2022

High-fibre white bread could soon become a reality

High-fibre white bread could soon become a reality

A new project, involving a number of UK research centres, is to work towards the development of high-fibre white bread....

April 26, 2022

New ‘Phoma’ disease threat on oilseed rape emerges in UK

New ‘Phoma’ disease threat on oilseed rape emerges in UK

A variety of the fungus that will heighten the ‘Phoma’ disease threat on oilseed rape and other brassicas has been...

December 17, 2021

Soil carbon sequestration: Is it a geographic lottery?

Soil carbon sequestration: Is it a geographic lottery?

Farmers face a ‘geographic lottery’ in terms of soil carbon sequestration, if plans to reward them financially for increasing soil...

December 13, 2021

Research reveals ‘significant’ insights into genetic makeup of wheat

Research reveals ‘significant’ insights into genetic makeup of wheat

Rothamsted Research scientists have recently made a series of unexpected discoveries within the wheat genome which, it says, should lead...

November 1, 2021

Government green lights first genome-edited wheat trial

Government green lights first genome-edited wheat trial

Rothamsted Research has been granted permission to run a series of field trials of wheat that has been genome edited....

September 30, 2021

Rothamsted gets ‘green light’ for genome-edited wheat

Rothamsted gets ‘green light’ for genome-edited wheat

Rothamsted Research has been granted permission to run a series of field trials of wheat that has been genome edited....

August 31, 2021

Rothamsted clarifies its position on meat consumption

Rothamsted clarifies its position on meat consumption

In response to the recently published UK National Food Strategy, Rothamsted Research economist Dr. Taro Takahashi suggested that reduced meat...

July 22, 2021

Rat’s-tail fescue – another grass weed we don’t need

Rat’s-tail fescue – another grass weed we don’t need

Farmers in the UK are being asked to assist in a new study looking at the spread of rat’s-tail fescue,...

June 17, 2021

The impact of tillage farming on soil ecosystems

The impact of tillage farming on soil ecosystems

The impact of tillage farming on soil ecosystems has been likened to creating a ‘gangsters’ paradise’ by one of the...

June 3, 2021

Chemical fertilisers reduce the level of bacteria in soil

Chemical fertilisers reduce the level of bacteria in soil

Chemical fertilisers reduce the number of nutrient solubilising bacteria associated with the roots of wheat, according to new research. A...

March 22, 2021

Study: Climate impact of grass-fed cattle herds ‘may be overestimated’

Study: Climate impact of grass-fed cattle herds ‘may be overestimated’

Direct emissions of a powerful greenhouse gas from certain pasture types are lower than previously thought – meaning the climate...

July 7, 2020

‘Designer’ wheat variety bred to be for distilling than imported maize

‘Designer’ wheat variety bred to be for distilling than imported maize

Rothamsted scientists have bred a type of wheat specifically to improve whisky production. The group’s lead researcher says this new...

May 24, 2020

Study looking to harvest combine data to tackle field-edge yield declines

Study looking to harvest combine data to tackle field-edge yield declines

Rothamsted scientists are assessing whether flower-rich margins, hedgerows or tree lines are helping improve yield and asking farmers to help...

April 23, 2020

Study finds white flour healthier now than in last 200 years

Study finds white flour healthier now than in last 200 years

Despite concerns over a lack of genetic diversity, modern wheat has more health benefits than wheat produced at any point...

April 14, 2020

Major gene breakthrough ‘game-changer’ in herbicide resistance

Major gene breakthrough ‘game-changer’ in herbicide resistance

A team of scientists from Rothamsted Research have successfully adapted genetic techniques developed for crop improvement to be used in...

April 9, 2020

Black-grass is costing UK agriculture £1 billion per annum

Black-grass is costing UK agriculture £1 billion per annum

Research by Rothamsted has helped put an economic figure on herbicide resistance in black-grass, the farmland weed that is decimating...

March 19, 2020

New 5-year GM field trial approved in UK

New 5-year GM field trial approved in UK

A five-year field trial to investigate the performance of plants making heart-healthy oils has been approved by Defra. The department...

May 10, 2019