Who we are
Formerly part of the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, North Wyke has now become a department of Rothamsted Research and so brings together BBSRC research on grassland and arable systems.
Rothamsted Research, North Wyke provides unique research capabilities for the UK. These help to address some of agriculture's most pressing challenges, for example mitigating and adapting to climate change, protecting natural resources and sustaining the rural economy in grassland dominated regions such as South West England.
What we do.
The mission of Rothamsted Research, North Wyke is to undertake internationally excellent science that elucidates the interactions between soil, microbes, plants, animals, water and the atmosphere within grassland-dominated landscapes.
This research will contribute to the evidence base for the sustainable, multifunctional land management systems that
- are adaptable to different production and/or environmental goals;
- help protect our natural resources;
- help mitigate against, and adapt to, climate change and
- take account of changing social, economic, policy and environmental conditions.
We will work to ensure the economic and social impact of our research, regionally, nationally and internationally, through innovation, training and the engagement with users, policy makers, stakeholders and the general public.
We have refocused our research to harness the power of new systems biology approaches. These combine predictive computer modelling, which can make sense of huge amounts of data, with experimentation in the field and in the lab. The result is improved understanding of the complexity of grassland ecosystems and what it means for practical land management food production and environmental goals. We are collaborating with scientists from complementary research centres to ensure that the UK has critical capability in research into sustainable management of agricultural landscapes.
How to find out more
For comprehensive information on the Institute and its research activities, click on the website link in the box on the left. To contact the Institute, click on the email link.
Dr Phil Murray
Position:Acting Head of Site