The history of the Nematology Department at Rothamsted

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Evans, K. and Manzanilla-Lopez, R. H. 2017. The history of the Nematology Department at Rothamsted. Annals of Applied Biology - AAB. 170 (1), pp. 4-44.

AuthorsEvans, K. and Manzanilla-Lopez, R. H.
Abstract

This is a review of the activities of what rapidly became the leading plant nematology department in the world, based in what was at that time not only the most important but also the most distinguished agricultural research station in the world. We first briefly review the research done in the period under each head of department before recording in more detail some of the long-term research programmes, including work on potato cyst nematode hatching factors, chemical control and biological control. These strong research activities flourished until the radical funding constraints that were introduced nationally following release of the Rothschild Report in 1973 forced the adoption of various management actions at research stations. The changed pattern of research funding systems, which evolved gradually from 1973 onwards, resulted in a different style of research collaboration and changes in research focus by institutes and their staff. It became fashionable for institutes to have mission statements and these were changed frequently by directors due to the need to respond to funding possibilities. Successive severe and progressive reductions in staffing and, inevitably, outputs culminated in the complete cessation of nematology research at Rothamsted in 2013, even though cutting edge work on biological control and molecular interactions between nematodes and their plant hosts was still being carried out.

KeywordsAgriculture, Multidisciplinary
Year of Publication2017
JournalAnnals of Applied Biology - AAB
Journal citation170 (1), pp. 4-44
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/aab.12307
Open accessPublished as non-open access
Publication dates
Online07 Jul 2016
ISSN00034746
PublisherWiley
Copyright licensePublisher copyright

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