Scientists turn deadly mosquitoes against their own offspring

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.


North-south divide

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 awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours list

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.

Former Rothamsted Director Sir Leslie Fowden FRS dies age 83

Sir Leslie was appointed Director of Rothamsted Experimental Station in 1973 and of the Institute of Arable Crops Research (which included Long Ashton Research Station) from its formation in 1986 until his retirement in 1988.


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