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Rothamsted Research ranked in top 10 UK institutions for environment and ecology research

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28 July 2010

A survey published by Times Higher Education ranks Rothamsted Research, an institute of the BBSRC, in the top 10 of UK institutions which have produced the most influential papers of the last 10 years in category of environmental and ecological sciences. A total of 52,900 institutions were included in this survey designed to reveal papers that had the most impact in this category, which included biodiversity, climate change as it affects the environment, soil and plant sciences.

The survey analysed the average number of times research papers were cited by other scientists, revealing an impact factor for British institutions that published 300 or more papers in the fields of environmental sciences and ecology, during the period from January 2000 to February 2010.

Rothamsted Research published 353 journal articles (in publications indexed by Thomson Reuters) in the environmental and ecology category and these papers were cited in other research papers on more than 6000 occasions; achieving an average of 18.09 citations per paper. Times Higher Education stated that by ranking citation impact the survey reveals the 'heavy hitters' based on per paper influence, not mere output.

"We are delighted with our ranking in the Times Higher Education survey" said Professor Maurice Moloney, Director and CEO of Rothamsted Research. "We are proud of the high-impact work performed by ecologists and environmental scientists at Rothamsted. The corroboration of the quality of our science by independent evaluation, gives us confidence that we are continuing to fulfil our unique mandate at Rothamsted: enhancing crop productivity whilst protecting and enhancing the agricultural environment. "

"This is a great result for the institute and particularly our research Centre" said Professor Keith Goulding, Acting Director of Rothamsted's Centre for Soil and Ecosystem function "It shows that Rothamsted's innovative research in environment and ecology, started over 160 years ago, continues to influence our peers, to have international impact and to show that research funding to the institute is money well spent."

This is another great result for the BBSRC institutes, manifested by this success and that of the John Innes Centre which, in association with the Sainsbury Lab, topped a survey ranking the most influential papers of the last 10 years in plant and animal sciences.


Notes for editors

Data for the survey was provided by Thomson Reuters from its Essential Science Indicators, for the period from January 2000 to February 2010.

The survey was published in Times Higher Education (22 July); available online at:

About Rothamsted Research

Rothamsted Research is based in Hertfordshire and is one of the largest agricultural research institutes in the country. The mission of Rothamsted Research is to be recognised internationally as a primary source of first-class scientific research and new knowledge that addresses stakeholder requirements for innovative policies, products and practices to enhance the economic, environmental and societal value of agricultural land. The Applied Crop Science department is based at Broom's Barn, Higham, Bury St. Edmunds. North Wyke Research is located near Okehampton in Devon. Rothamsted Research is an institute of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

For further information, please contact the Rothamsted Research Press Office. Dr Sharon Hall (Tel: +44 (0) 1582 763 133 ext 2757 or email or Dr Adélia de Paula (Tel: +44 (0) 1582 763 133 ext 2260 or email


BBSRC is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £470M in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life in the UK and beyond and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders, including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

BBSRC provides institute strategic research grants to the following:

  • The Babraham Institute
  • Institute for Animal Health
  • Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (Aberystwyth University)
  • Institute of Food Research
  • John Innes Centre
  • The Genome Analysis Centre
  • The Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh)
  • Rothamsted Research

The Institutes conduct long-term, mission-oriented research using specialist facilities. They have strong interactions with industry, Government departments and other end-users of their research.