6 Mar 2020

Blight map reveals evolution of potato disease in Europe in 2019

The James Hutton Institute

“The weather in 2019 was very dry and unfavourable for late blight development in some regions but very conducive for blight in other regions like Denmark and Northern Britain”

4 Mar 2020

Hutton expertise contributes to parliamentary land reform inquiry

The James Hutton Institute

"To achieve the overall objectives of the Right to Buy Land to Further Sustainable Development, the required specifications should be designed to be flexible throughout the application process, and community bodies offered professional support where appropriate"

3 Mar 2020

From Lab Bench to Backbench

The Rowett Institute

Dr Silvia Gratz from the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute will be swapping a lab coat for legislation this week when she visits Ms Elizabeth Downes at the Houses of Parliament and Whitehall for a week in Westminster.

2 Mar 2020

Professor Lesley Torrance announced as Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

The James Hutton Institute

“The RSE fellowship has a unique breadth of experience in academic disciplines, the arts and business and fellows contribute to contemporary issues to benefit Scotland and beyond. I look forward to helping to further its aims and objectives”

26 Feb 2020

Exploring legume nodulation in the deepest reaches of the Amazon

The James Hutton Institute

"We are trying to build up a pattern of how nodulation evolved in these more primitive and mainly tree relatives of the advanced crops peas and beans in order to see how we might engineer a simple symbiosis into maize"

25 Feb 2020

Arable Scotland 2020 to tackle key industry challenges

The James Hutton Institute

"Sustainability and the twin issues of climate and biodiversity set the scene but solutions will be the focus of the day" By Professor Fiona Burnett, Co-chair, Arable Scotland More information from: 

24 Feb 2020

Hutton scientist awarded grant to explore genetic pathway to better barley

The James Hutton Institute

"This research will help demonstrate the first known mechanism controlling recombination in barley and promises to reveal a new way to influence the breeding of large genome crops"

21 Feb 2020

Agricarbon: helping farmers tap into the carbon credits market

The James Hutton Institute

"It is vital that this carbon benefit is realised in the short term to address the climate crisis"

19 Feb 2020

World’s first ‘climate positive’ gin produced from peas

The James Hutton Institute

"This is not simply a story of a new gin but is in fact another great example of Scottish teamwork and ingenuity. Nàdar is fully provenanced as a sustainable Scottish product"

11 Feb 2020

New research highlights long-term impact of flooding on communities

The James Hutton Institute

"Such flooding continues to have a significant impact on people’s personal well-being, livelihoods, and property. This study reveals the consequence of such events on people and communities and the potential legacy of such increasingly frequent damaging storms, both now and into the future"

10 Feb 2020

Pulses, sustainable 'superfoods' for the future

The James Hutton Institute

"The fascinating possibilities offered by pulses are the subject of close study by scientists at the James Hutton Institute, from their use in health foods for humans and animals to novel uses"

6 Feb 2020

Now available: February 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"

5 Feb 2020

A systems perspective on sustainable agriculture: ‘MAGIC’ approach presented at European Parliament

The James Hutton Institute

"Policymaking in this area is incredibly challenging and can benefit from new, more holistic, analytical approaches to identify where change is needed, and to better anticipate the consequences of potential interventions"

23 Jan 2020

Agroforestry and peatland restoration can help deliver shift in land use, Hutton researchers say

The James Hutton Institute

"There are many potential benefits from agroforestry, from a production point of view but also in terms of biodiversity and we know that farming in the future will have to take into account much more than just producing food"

21 Jan 2020

Potential yield challenges to scaling-up Zero Budget Natural Farming in India

The James Hutton Institute

"There are conflicting opinions about how Zero Budget Natural Farming should be developed for widespread use, and this report provides scientific evidence on the potential for scale-up"

17 Jan 2020

Dr Tony Craig appointed head of Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences

The James Hutton Institute

"SEGS is a hugely important and distinctive capability for the Institute. Tony is an excellent appointment and has lots of ideas about how to build SEGS even further"

15 Jan 2020

Professor Rob Brooker appointed to Ecological Sciences leadership

The James Hutton Institute

"This is a critical time for the environment in Scotland and globally (...) I look forward to working with colleagues in the group to develop our science to help address the key challenges of climate change, the global biodiversity crisis, and developing sustainable farming systems"

9 Jan 2020

2020, International Year of Plant Health and Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters

The James Hutton Institute

"Both IYPH and YCW are especially crucial to galvanise everything that is a factor in plant health and water security, including soil, climate, plant science and water use, so all of these areas of research need to be intensified, redoubled and well-funded to protect people from the negative effects we are seeing al

7 Jan 2020

SEFARI Fellowship with Highlands and Islands Enterprise on Arctic Food Innovation Clusters

The SEFARI Gateway is pleased to announce that David Watts, the Rowett Institute will be taking on the latest SEFARI Fellowship.

1 Jan 2020

2021, International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

The James Hutton Institute

"The Institute is at the forefront of making positive, direct contributions to inform policies and actions in many areas, including research to develop resilient, productive crop varieties to help us reach the Sustainable Development Goals"