4 Nov 2020

Grouse moors and gamekeepers

New research looks at the impacts of driven grouse moors

3 Nov 2020

UK Expert Committee on Forest Science appointment for Prof Maria Nijnik

The James Hutton Institute

"I’m happy to represent a link among forest and land use research institutes in the UK and beyond, notably the James Hutton Institute, and promote the complementarity of activities for multiplying the scientific results and their impacts"

3 Nov 2020

One Health – World One Health Congress

SEFARI delivers the Scottish Government funded Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021 on agriculture, environment, food and land, providing direct and tangible benefits across diverse issues.

2 Nov 2020

PRESS RELEASE: Research consortium receives funding for Smart Sheep project


A UK research consortium has been awarded funding from the government’s Transforming Food Production Challenge Fund through Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency to develop new tools to encourage the adoption of Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) technologies in UK sheep flocks.

29 Oct 2020

Views wanted on economic development and quality of life in Scotland’s islands

The James Hutton Institute

"Survey questions address issues that we know are key to enabling people to live and work in the islands, such as housing, jobs and digital connectivity, as well as access to health care and quality of the environment"

28 Oct 2020

The search is on for the UK's best NEWBIE entrant farmers

The James Hutton Institute

“What made you start a farming business, what it covers and what you have achieved? We want to hear from you”

27 Oct 2020

Is the grass always greener? New entrant farmers from across Europe to exchange experiences

The James Hutton Institute

“This is a great opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and the sharing of lived experience between young and new entrant farmers in different country contexts, in order to contribute to innovation uptake and agricultural sustainability across Europe”

26 Oct 2020

New Chair of the James Hutton Institute Board of Directors announced

The James Hutton Institute

"As the world faces up to the immense challenges of climate change, including food security, environmental resilience and land use change, the deep expertise of our scientists is a critical asset for Scotland and beyond"

23 Oct 2020

Scottish researchers identify COVID-19 RNA traces through wastewater monitoring

The James Hutton Institute

"CREW was able to facilitate this ground-breaking research by providing financial support and coordination to allow a rapid response to a wider collective effort to develop an assay to help tracking SARS-CoV-2 via municipal wastewater"

19 Oct 2020

Wanted: dairy farmers’ views on cow-with-calf production system

The James Hutton Institute

"We hope that the data will inform future policy and help develop the right resources for farmers interested in operating the cow with calf system. There are very few farmers operating the system in the UK and as a result little research and advisory support"

15 Oct 2020

Now available: October 2020 issue of Hutton Highlights

The James Hutton Institute

"We'd love to hear what you think of it, so please send us your comments"

12 Oct 2020

Preserving UK soil microbial biodiversity for sustainable agriculture

The James Hutton Institute

"This resource will provide base-line data for how different crop types and the soils they are grown in impact the microbiome. Our ambition is to provide a comprehensive resource that will be used to optimise crop production systems"

1 Oct 2020

Hutton and Liberty Produce to transform modern agriculture through collaborative research and tech development

The James Hutton Institute

"Our collaboration with Liberty Produce marks the next step in the growth of our Open Science Campus initiative and brings new innovative companies to work closely with world-leading science"

30 Sep 2020

FoodLAND: boosting the nutrition performance of local food systems in Africa

The James Hutton Institute

“By bridging the gap between food production and consumption, the project will reinforce the productivity and resilience of food supply chains, and will create new market opportunities on both the local and global scales.” More information from: 

30 Sep 2020

Pioneering natural capital approach to land use management in the Scottish uplands

The James Hutton Institute

"The Glensaugh application shows that natural capital assessment can be useful to inform decision-making pertaining to land use and management strategies.”

29 Sep 2020

New method to help project demographic changes in Scotland’s sparsely populated areas

The James Hutton Institute

“Improving knowledge of these factors could help to design targeted place-based policies to support population levels, which could include ‘repopulation initiatives’ and improvements to the housing supply, infrastructure and services to improve economic links and lower barriers to migration.”

28 Sep 2020

Innovative use of machine learning to forecast crop disease risk

The James Hutton Institute

“There is added value in combining the algorithms in an ensemble to provide a more accurate and robust forecasting tool that can be tailored to produce region-specific alerts.

24 Sep 2020

MOVING: spotlight on value chains of mountains in Europe and beyond

The James Hutton Institute

“We are delighted to be sharing the expertise and innovation illustrated by Scottish mountain value chains with our EU partners, and learning together how we can ensure a green recovery that addresses the climate and biodiversity crises, ‘leaving no-one behind’.”

18 Sep 2020

Interdisciplinary collaboration leads to new early sheep scab test

The James Hutton Institute

“This is a prime example how interdisciplinary research which straddles animal health, immunology, and biotechnology can be harnessed to solve real-life issues. It is a testament to the strength of the collaboration between institutes.”

18 Sep 2020

From Spain to Scotland to conduct barley science: Johanna and Hechizo’s agricultural pilgrimage

The James Hutton Institute

“It is quite a remarkable feat and Johanna and Hechizo deserve our warmest welcome, respect and regard for their effort and determination" More information from: