Rothamsted wins medal at the Chelsea Flower Show

The exhibit was entitled "The bees needs" and highlighted the decline of bees in the UK due to land use changes that are depriving them of food and nest sites.

Ingrid Williams and Lizzie Cant

Rothamsted scientists won a Silver-Gilt medal for their exhibit at last week's Chelsea Flower Show. The exhibit, in association with the British Beekeepers Association, was entitled "The bees needs" and highlighted the decline of bees in the UK due to land use changes that are depriving them of food and nest sites.

It also displayed new research which uses a novel combination of satellite technology, field experiments and genetics to investigate what different farmed and surburban habitats offer for bumble bees and explained what you can do in your own garden to conserve bees and benefit from their presence.

Researcher gets on soapbox to explain blackgrass threat

Taking part in a recent 'Soapbox Science' event, Laura Crook from the Weed Ecology group at Rothamsted Research talks with the public about work on herbicide resistant blackgrass.

Major pathogen of barley decoded: new avenues for control

The fungus that causes Ramularia leaf spot in barley is the latest organism to have its genome sequenced and investigated.

The best defence: developing aphid-resistant wheat for smallholder farmers in southern Africa

A partnership between wheat scientists at Rothamsted Research and Seed Co Ltd, Africa’s largest seed company, is attempting to breed wheat resistant to two aphid species.

Radar tracking reveals the ‘life stories’ of bumble bees

Scientists have tracked the flight paths of bumble bees throughout their entire lives to find out how they explore their environment and search for food.

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