IFST Technical Visit to Rothamsted Research (Herts)
Organised by South East Branch
Rothamsted Research, previously known as the Rothamsted Experimental Station and then the Institute of Arable Crops Research, is one of the oldest agricultural research institutions in the world, having been founded in 1843.
Rothamsted conducts scientific research at the interface of agriculture and food science to add novel nutritional, health and bioeconomical value to crops and their products with the intention of developing solutions to worldwide challenges in food-related disease and human health.
Rothamsted have a number of active research areas which would appeal to branch members and students. These include rapid mineral analysis in plant material using X-ray fluorescence; development of resistant starch in plants to enhance fibre content and gene transfer to improve nutritional value of crops.
What participants will learn about: Research projects in gene editing and crop modifications; laboratory techniques in X-ray fluorescence, gene transfer, compositional analysis. Field trials, insect monitoring and a ‘scanalyser’ which continuously monitors crop development in field trials.
Target audience: IFST members, non-members, students and researchers.
Presenter: Dr James Clarke, Public Engagement, Rothamsted Research
After a life sciences degree followed by more than a decade producing science radio programmes for the BBC, James worked in a number of communication roles abroad, including stints at two CGIAR research centres. He has had a career long interest in popularising science for varied audiences across multiple media outlets and through high profile events.
Introduction to Rothamsted Research (30 mins)
Tour of labs and field trials (90 mins)
2 x research presentations (30 mins)
Plenary and questions (15 mins)
Refreshments will be provide for attendees
Venue: Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2JQ
IFST member - Free
Non-IFST member - £10.00
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