Rothamsted Research launches Annual Review

The latest Annual Review showcases highlights from a busy year spent delivering excellent science, establishing collaborations and re-defining our long-term vision and strategic priorities.

Rothamsted Research is an internationally recognised centre of excellence and innovation for science in support of agricultural productivity, crop protection and sustainable grazing livestock systems. The Annual Review 2015/2016, which was launched today, celebrates some of the research highlights and accomplishments of staff at Rothamsted Research. The printed Annual Review is accompanied by a digital version and video available on the Rothamsted Research website.

In an introductory overview, Director Achim Dobermann describes the progress made in 2015/2016, as well as setting out his vision for the future, including the four grand challenges on which we will focus our research over the next 5-10 years.

The Review highlights significant scientific achievements that demonstrate the impact of the Institute’s science towards the global challenges of food security and environmental sustainability.

Two major pieces of scientific infrastructure are covered in the Review: the Farm Platform at North Wyke and the Field Scanalyzer in Harpenden. The Review also describes developments on the Harpenden campus, with the opening of the new Conference Centre and Lawes Open Innovation Hub, as well as the arrival of its first occupants, Agrimetrics.

Over the last year, Rothamsted Research has formed and maintained numerous partnerships and research activities around the world, helping to accelerate research and transfer knowledge. These partnerships include work in China, Brazil, Kenya and Colombia.

Staff and researchers at Rothamsted also engaged in dialogue with the public, and the Review covers highlights including the ‘Soil is Life’ exhibition that promoted the International Year of Soils, and ‘The Real Beef about Meat’ display at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.

The Rothamsted Research Annual Review 2015/2016 and the associated video can be found here. To request a printed copy of the Annual Review 2015/2016 please e-mail Dr Matina Tsalavouta, Head of Communications and Public Engagement with your contact details.

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About Rothamsted Research

We are the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting-edge science and innovation for over 170 years. Our mission is to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production.

Our strength lies in the integrated, multidisciplinary approach to research in plant, insect and soil science.
Rothamsted Research is strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)


BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Funded by Government, BBSRC invested £473M in world-class bioscience, people and research infrastructure in 2015-16. We support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

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