Publication: Researchers in the US have just published work in the journal Science that shows even the best-supported short-term drivers of plant response to global change might not predict long-term results. The authors report an unexpected reversal of biomass in C3 versus C4 grasses in response to elevated CO2 during a 20-year field experiment. See: Science 20 April 2018
Grants: The Lena Ward plots on Aston Rowant Nature were awarded a grant of £2000 to facilitate the upgrade of fencing around plots. Jessica Bays, the former ECT Engagement Officer joined volunteers on site. Read her blog here.
Win £100: To coincide with attending the BES Annual Meeting, we are hosting a PhD student and Early Career Researcher competition. Sponsored by Global Change Biology and Oxford University Press, top prize is £100. Find out more here...
Publication: An article has been published recently in 'Advances in Ecological Research' highlighting the contribution of the Rothamsted's Long-term Experiments (LTEs), Sample Archive and Insect Survey to ecological research. It concludes that the LTEs, Sample Archive and insect collection continue to be as valuable today as when they originally began.
News: A recent article on the BBC Science & Environment webpages focused Rothamsted Research's commitment to making complex data from long-term experiments accessible and useable. Rothamsted is a member of the GODAN Initiative, and works to help promote the sharing of open data, making information about agriculture and nutrition freely available.
Publication: A Special Issue of the journal Ecological Indicators, was issued to celebrate 20 years of of detailed site-based monitoring and showcasing a range of research using Environmental Change Network data and sites.
Conference: Sustainable Intensification, 28-30 November 2017. Organised by Association of Applied Biologists and the Sustainable Intensification Research Platform (SIP), this conference will address the challenge of sustainable intensification, the outcomes of the DEFRA funded SIP and other relevant research. Deadline for papers - 11 December.
Paper: 'Longer growing seasons shift grassland vegetation towards more-productive species'. Fridley et al., 2016. Nature Climate Change. Analysis of 21 plant species coexisting on BCCIL plots, reveals a strong association between functional traits and temperature regime. Click here to read Syracuse University's blog post on the article.
Paper: 'Ecological restoration: Soil microbes call the shots'. Marrs (2016). Nature Plants. Letter looking at the use of soil microbes in ecological restoration, and how they can help ‘design’ new target communities more subtly.
Floodplain Meadow Partnership conducted their regular fritillary count and survey of the water-management trial plots at North Meadow, Cricklade in Spring. Monitoring is going strong and now in its 18th year the fritillary count attracted over thirty volunteers and was showcased by BBC1's Countryfile programme.
Paper: 'Phenological sensitivity to climate across taxa and trophic levels.' Thackeray et al., (2016). Nature. Analysis of 10,003 long-term phenological data sets, including data from the Rothamsted Insect Survey, reveals that secondary consumers have consistently lower climate sensitivity than other groups.
Paper: 'Long-term changes in the tree and shrub layers of a British nature reserve and their relevance for woodland conservation management'. Kirby et al., (2016). Journal for Nature Conservation, 31, 51-60. Click here for further information.
Event: To celebrate Park Grass turning 160, Rothamsted Research invites you to ‘160 years of Park Grass'. This free public event takes place on Tuesday 17th May, 5.30pm to 8.00pm. Click here to find out more.
Grants: We provide grants of up to £1000 to researchers who work on LTEs on our register. Click here to find out more.
How to strengthen links between research and farming: Rothamsted Research North Wyke and Duchy College Rural Business School hosted their first Advisory Group Meeting in February, with key representatives from the research and farming communities.
PhD Position: How long does it take for recovery of soil ecosystem functions from excess nitrogen deposition? Deadline:Thursday, March 31, 2016. Read more...
Blog post: 50 years of change in the Sheffield region, by Dr Carly Stevens.
In 1965 an extensive survey of vegetation was carried out in and around the Peak District National Park. Although the majority of people won’t know anything about it... Read more...
Paper: Grassland biodiversity bounces back from long-term nitrogen addition. J. Storkey et al., (2015). Nature 528, 401–404.
The negative effect of increasing atmospheric nitrogen (N) pollution on grassland biodiversity is now incontrovertible. However, the recent introduction of cleaner technologies in the UK has... Read on...