Latest ... Ali Karley gives invited presentations at the Royal Entomological Society's international symposium at St Andrews (4-6 September 2013) ... also at the AHDB Conference 'Knowing your enemy - the future of crop protection' (25 September 2013 , London) ... see a resume of Nicola Cook's thesis Sawfly decline could impact bird numbers .
The Agroecology Group aims to provide a rigorous scientific basis for sustainable croplands. We examine how plants, animals and microbes may interact to form a dynamic ecosystem supporting long-term economic offtake. Our home base is the maritime croplands of the north-east Atlantic, from where we collaborate in a range of climatic and ecological zones across Europe and beyond. Integral to our enterprise is a comprehensive and unique knowledge transfer chain that links research to applications in management, policy and the public understanding of science. We are active in global debates on food security, biodiversity and the sustainable use of resources. Contact: Geoff Squire 
Research is closely tied to outreach and knowledge-exchange through the following channels:
Many of the skill sets current in agroecology developed at the Institute during the coordinated programmes funded by the Scottish Government in the late 1990s, and were refined through external projects 1998-2008 on the ecological and economic impacts of GM crops. Full details including publications can be found at the Ecological biosafety and geneflow  web pages on the previous SCRI website, or go directly via the following links to the UK’s Farm Scale Evaluations of GMHT crops , the EU ECOGEN project on GM insect resistant crops; the GMO Guidelines  project in Brazil, Kenya and Vietnam (IOBC); the EU SIGMEA project on coexistence ; and a series of major projects on Gene movement and persistence  funded by Defra, RERAD and BBSRC.
The group and close colleagues, took lead roles in the 2006-11 RERAD programmes, notably in the Sustainable Crop Systems workpackage, and the BBSRC (trophic) LINK project (2005-2008).