BBSRC-HGCA Black-grass Resistance Initiative

Unravelling herbicide resistance in black-grass from gene to field


Find out about the research team overseeing the BGRI. Information about employment opportunities for undergraduates, graduate research positions and posts docs will also be posted here as they become available.


As the project develops a summary of project outputs (e.g. scientific papers, outreach activities and resources) will be posted in this repository.


The BBSRC-HGCA funded BGRI comprises five interlinked work packages that aim to address a broad suite of questions of fundamental and applied importance.

Recent News, Activities and Outreach

  • BGRI at Black-grass Live 2016 20 Sep 2016

    In July, Bayer held its first ‘Black-grass Live’ event which consisted of a Question-Time style format with a chairperson and a panel of six experts to lead the conversation and answer questions submitted by the audience. BGRI member Richard Hull from Rothamsted Research was invited to be part of the panel and Laura Crook, also from Rothamsted, attended the event. As well as an audience of farmers and journalists, the whole show was streamed live on the internet for the public to watch.

  • Soapbox Science and Black-grass 10 Jul 2016

    On Saturday 9th July 2016, BGRI member Laura Crook from Rothamsted Research took part in a Soapbox Science event at Milton Keynes shopping centre. As part of the Soapbox science platform promoting the achievements of women in science, Laura took to her ‘soapbox’ for an hour, speaking to passing shoppers about Black-grass, herbicide resistance, and the importance of technicians in science.

  • BGRI @ Cereals 2016 17 Jun 2016

    Once again the BGRI team were out in force at this year’s Cereals event, held over the 15th and 16th June at Duxford. The BGRI plot on the BBSRC/Rothamsted Research stand featured wheat at four different levels of Black-grass infestation, demonstrating the different scales of problem encountered by our field team.

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Contact BGRI


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c/o Paul Neve
Rothamsted Research
West Common