Time-delayed insecticide 'crystals' could revolutionise pest management in agriculture following a deal between researchers from Rothamsted Research, an institute of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSWDPI), Australia and the Italian chemical company Endura.
Weed Scientist, Dr Stephen Moss will be presented with the prestigious RASE Technology Award at the Royal Show Charity Dinner on Tuesday 7th July.
The award recognises those who have developed a product or process that makes a big impact in changing agricultural practice. The Rothamsted Rapid Resistance Test, developed by Dr Moss and his team, provides a simple method of diagnosing resistance to herbicides in arable weeds. It has been used extensively in practice in the UK and overseas and has had a major impact on weed control in agriculture.
A new field demonstration from Peru suggests that we might be able to co-opt adult mosquitoes into applying insecticides for us, and that they are far more efficient at doing this than humans are.
Researchers from Rothamsted Research, working with the health authority in the Peruvian Amazon, have pioneered a new way of controlling the mosquito that carries the potentially deadly dengue virus. They forced adult Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to transfer insecticides to their own breeding sites, thereby killing any larvae developing there.
Scientific research, led by scientists at Rothamsted Research, and in collaboration with colleagues at the Scottish Agricultural College, has predicted that climate change will result in increased yields of oilseed rape in Scotland, but not in England.
Syd Wright of the Plant and Invertebrate Ecology Department has been awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours list. The award recognises Syd's 30-year role as Chief Technician to the Rothamsted Insect Survey, with responsibility for the construction, installation and maintenance of our networks of suction traps and light traps throughout the UK.