BRIGHT throws light on the impact of GM crops on farming

The results of the BRIGHT project, a four year study of GM herbicide tolerant crops, are published today. The project studied the effects of rotating GM crops tolerant to glyphosate and glufosinate herbicides and non-GM crops at five research centres in England and Scotland. The full report can be found at the link below.

Professor Alastair McCartney has received a 'National Friendship Award' from the Chinese Government

Professor McCartney was presented with a medal in the Great Hall Of the People, Beijing. The award was one of 84 "National Friendship Awards" presented this year to foreign experts from 22 different countries. The award winners attended a state banquet hosted by Chinese Premier, Mr Wen Jiabao. Professor McCartney is an authority on the spread of crop diseases and the award, which is the highest the Chinese Government makes to non-Chinese experts, is in recognition of his services to Chinese agriculture.

Rothamsted's Centenary Laboratory wins hat trick of awards

On Friday the Centenary Laboratory, at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, received three awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects at a special ceremony in Cambridge (the East Spirit of Ingenuity Architecture Awards for 2004) . R.H. Partnership Architects, won the "Architecture for Business" award and were runners-up in the "Landscaping" award, whilst Rothamsted received the Client award.

The Laboratory was opened in September last year and provides a purpose-built environment for 200 scientists. It can be viewed from a public footpath through the Rothamsted estate.

Two thirds of British moth species are in decline

Data from a nationwide network of light traps has revealed that two thirds of British moth species have declined over the past 35 years. Worst affected are species, such as the Dusky Thorn and Hedge Rustic, which have decreased by more than 90%. It may be that they are suffering from the effects of global warming. "These species overwinter as eggs," explains Rothamsted scientist Dr Kelvin Conrad, "and they don't appear to be surviving the warmer, wetter winters of recent years".

CBE for Rothamsted Scientist

Rothamsted scientist Professor John Pickett, FRS, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to Biological Chemistry.

Visit by HRH The Duke of Gloucester to Rothamsted Research

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.


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