Visit by HRH The Duke of Gloucester to Rothamsted Research

The Duke was introduced to some of Rothamsted's scientific staff and the Mayor of St Albans and the Mayor of Harpenden

Professor Ian Crute greets The Duke of Gloucester

HRH The Duke of Gloucester visited Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, Hertfordshire on Monday the 5th April. Rothamsted is one of the world's leading agricultural research institutes. The Duke learnt about its past achievements and ongoing activities. He was shown around the Institute's state-of-the-art laboratories and heard about experimental programmes from the Institute's Director, Professor Ian Crute. The Duke was also introduced to some of Rothamsted's scientific staff and the Mayor of St Albans and the Mayor of Harpenden.

Professor Crute said "This was a relaxed and enjoyable visit. The Duke clearly took a keen interest in the work of the Institute" .

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Our strength lies in the integrated, multidisciplinary approach to research in plant, insect and soil science.
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