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Rothamsted Experimental Station

Volume 300: debated on Thursday 13 November 1997

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what plans he has to continue the long-term experiments at Rothamsted Experimental station. [15854]

Rothamsted is one of the three research sites making up the Institute of Arable Crops Research. MAFF is a major customer for research at IACR and will spend over —7 million in the current year. Rothamsted runs several long-term experiments, some of which have contributed information to the main MAFF research programmes at the site dealing with nutrient loss, soil organic matter and biodiversity. However, this core long-term work is funded by BBSRC and other funders and is not the direct responsibility of MAFF.