Leading institutes to showcase bioscience in your field at Cereals 2016

Scientists from Rothamsted Research, the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) and the John Innes Centre (JIC) and will be on hand to showcase the latest in arable farming research. The three research institutes will together display their work to 25,000 arable farmers and agronomists at Stand 702 at the event on the 15th and 16th of June in Chrishall Grange, Cambridgeshire.

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Scientists provide native willows for arboretum at Heartwood Forest

Scientists from Rothamsted Research have selected nine species of willow, native to Britain, to plant in an arboretum at the nearby Heartwood Forest. Owned by the Woodland Trust, the 350-hectare Heartwood forest includes a ten-hectare arboretum in which local volunteers have planted around 60 native species of trees and shrubs. Identifying species is notoriously hard in willows, and willows sold by plant nurseries are often hybrids rather than pure species, lacking the guarantee of UK origin that the Woodland Trust requires.

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Cranfield University and Rothamsted Research establish new partnership

Cranfield University has signed a strategic co-operation agreement with Rothamsted Research, the longest running agricultural research institute in the world.  The agreement builds on the two organisations’ long-standing collaboration over the years and strengthens their working partnership. Under the agreement, Cranfield and Rothamsted will work on several new initiatives to foster science and innovation in key areas of shared expertise, in environment and agrifood.

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Good news for biodiversity from the world’s oldest ecological experiment at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden

Running continuously since 1856, Park Grass is the world’s oldest ecological experiment and this year marks its 160th anniversary. To celebrate the anniversary and recent findings from the experiment, Rothamsted Research hosted an event on Tuesday 18th May for the public to discuss the global importance of the Park Grass Experiment and to visit the site.

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What makes the varroa parasite of honey bees resistant to chemical treatment?

To control levels of the parasitic mite varroa within hives, many beekeepers use the chemical tau-fluvalinate, marketed as Apistan®, but its effectiveness has been decreasing since the mid­­-1990s.

Scientists have identified two new mutations in varroa collected from Florida and Georgia, USA, that give the parasites resistance to tau-fluvalinate. The discovery of the two mutations enables testing of varroa populations to determine whether the chemical will be effective.


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