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Modelling predicts that shifting wheat production to different regions in Europe may not be possible by the end of the century, as exposure to adverse weather in European arable farming areas will increase. The international study, including scientists including at Rothamsted Research, strategically funded by BBSRC, focused on wheat producing areas and examined how wheat cultivation adaptation strategies may be affected under the predicted scenarios.

For the first time an international team of researchers have shown neonicotinoid pesticides impair the pollination services provided by bumblebees. Bees play a vital role in pollinating some of the most important food crops globally and have been declining in recent years.

Farmers can maintain high yields and boost nature by signing up to a wildlife-friendly scheme, new research has found. A team of researchers, led by the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research (CAER) at the University of Reading, found that farms signed up to Conservation Grade’s ‘Fair to Nature’ farming scheme supported 20% more species of butterflies, while still producing the same amount of crops as conventional farms.