Some of the UK's leading crop scientists will be joining invited guests in Norwich next week to discuss how crop science could help the UK countryside to cope with the effects of climate change.
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New research could explain why spiders flying on a strand of silk prefer cloudy days in spring or autumn for their travels. Results of the study could also lead to a non-chemical alternative to pesticides in crop management.
Scientists at Rothamsted Research have identified chemicals in ladybird foot odour that are actively avoided by tiny parasitic wasps, which attack aphid pests. Whilst developing, these wasps live parasitically within the aphids. However, if the aphid host gets eaten by a ladybird the developing wasp gets eaten too.
Record numbers of a critically endangered plant have been found on the Rothamsted farm this summer. Corn cleavers (Galium tricornutum) used to be a relatively common weed of cereal crops but the species has declined dramatically over the past 60 years and Rothamsted is now the only place it can be found in the UK.
A new computer program which can sample soil quickly and effectively could revolutionise land management by making the sampling process more cost effective and ensuring more sustainable use of our soils.