Could learning how to work with nature be the secret to success in your garden? Rothamsted PhD student, Tessa, shares her findings about beneficial soil bacteria and artificial fertilizer, and Steve Shelley of Earthworks explains how they keep the pests at bay in a holistic way sticking to organic principles. You can read about more [...]
COVID 19 has come as a bit of a shock to us, but in the world of plants, they're nothing new. Dr.Jon West of Rothamsted Research explains how research on one can inform the other, why Rothamsted is a great place to investigate diseases affecting oranges and how our experience of COVID should alert us [...]
Call them green manures or call them cover crops, they have so many benefits for the soil on farms, allotments or even in our gardens. But they may be even better than we previously thought. Waitrose sponsored Rothamsted PhD student Mandy Stoker is researching the possible benefits for climate change of cover crops on farms, [...]
From flowers in carrot fields to bugs in dam water – Rothamsted scientists in the fight against climate change
Last week's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report said we need to change the way we use land and grow food if we are to tackle climate change. Rothamsted scientists are on to it. Hannah McGrath and Dr. Adriana Torres-Ballesteros give an insight into the report and explain what they're doing to help.
Trees have such an immense value for our landscapes, our climate, our wildlife, and our wellbeing - and you only need to visit Heartwood to see how many of us love our woods here in St.Albans - but they are under threat from diseases carried by trees coming into the country. Help is at hand [...]
In this week's Environment Matters hear about Rothamsted Research's 175th anniversary Festival of Ideas and the interactive Sustainability Zone at the St.Albans Street Festival. Plus, a great volunteering opportunity with Groundworks, and, of course, this week's Open Gardens. Oh, and strictly no football!
Rothamsted Research Molecular Plant Pathologist Dr.Kim Hammond-Kosack explains how she had a brain wave to use the meat alternative Quorn to help fight an internationally serious crop disease. and Josh Kubale of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trusts talks about the wonders of the dawn chorus, and the best way to enjoy a bank holiday weekend [...]
Hear about how studies of bees at Rothamsted could help robots of the future and the ambitions of Transition St.Albans in 2018
Emma talks about her new St.Albans campaign - Refuse the Straw. Find out what she's achieved and how you can help. Over at Rothamsted Research Charlotte Wainright has been using spare weather data to work out the next stop for hitch hiking pest insects.