Rothamsted Research has always led from the front. It was here, following our establishment in 1843, that the foundations for modern scientific agriculture were laid and that the principles of crop nutrition were first developed.
Over 170 years later, we are still collecting data from some of the original Classical Field Experiments conducted at the site, giving us access to a tremendous, powerful archive of soil and plant samples. It is no coincidence, in fact, that the roots of modern statistical theory and practice can also be traced back to Rothamsted - we pioneered work in this field in the early twentieth century so that we could extract full value from the enormous amount of data we were collecting.
This link to the field of statistics speaks volumes for the broad-minded approach we have always taken to science here at Rothamsted. We do not believe that a single approach can deliver success in our mission, which is to deliver the necessary knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production.
Instead we have always advocated an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach. Our scientists are performing pioneering work in the disparate fields of pesticide resistance, metabolomics, soil science and ecology. We are committed to extending this approach across the world, establishing a wide international and multi-sector network of partnerships, and we have long placed education at the heart of our work, with over 60 PhD students contributing to our cutting-edge research today.
We share vital elements of this vision with Lancaster Environment Centre and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, which is why we are proud to support the foundation of the Graduate School for the Environment. It is an immediately world-leading institution, just as we have always sought to be at Rothamsted throughout our long, proud history.