Research carried out by scientists from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology over recent decades is showcased in a new timeline, published by Research Councils UK (RCUK) to coincide with the government's agricultural technologies industrial strategy. RCUK is the strategic partnership of the UK's seven research councils, who annually invest around £3 billion in research.
The timeline, "Growing with agri-science", highlights key research that has taken place since the 1940s, demonstrating the variety of approaches the research councils take to support innovation and deliver long-term impact from the research they fund.
Highlights from CEH include:
- Carrying out the first ever Countryside Survey in 1978
- Training farmers to create bumblebee habitats through Operation Bumblebee in 2008 (a forerunner of Operation Pollinator)
- CEH's work on assessment of agri-environment schemes for Natural England and Defra
- Our major contribution to the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UKNEA) in 2011
- Our work on assessing the risk to crops from ozone damage (which includes this recent report)
- Development of the MySoil smartphone app with BGS which calls on members of the public to help map soil type across Europe
- Recent research that found that bacteria responsible for Johne's disease (chronic intestinal inflammation in cattle), and also implicated in Crohn's disease in humans, are widespread in UK rivers and soil
- Our leadership of the UK Farm Scale Evaluations, informing UK and EU policy decisions on genetically modified crops