3 Apr 2020

New SEFARI case study -"Diversity in the Mix: The benefits of biodiversity for sustainable crop production"

How will farms in the future provide the food, fuel & fibre we need while delivering environmental benefits under the conditions of increasingly variable environmental change? Our latest case study by Rob Brooker highlights whether such win-wins are possible.

30 Mar 2020

Latest highlights from the Strategic Research Programme published

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

27 Mar 2020

A message from our Chief Executive: we are still available and ready to help

The James Hutton Institute

"We are helping to tackle COVID-19 where we can; it can be surprising how we might help, so please don’t hesitate to ask. We will try our hardest"

27 Mar 2020

Delivering food security and health for East Africa through resilient potatoes

The James Hutton Institute

"Within this project, we aim to identify climate-resilient and disease-resistant potato varieties tailored to potato production systems in Kenya and Malawi"

23 Mar 2020

Water and the Climate Crisis: new OOSKAnews Audience session available

The James Hutton Institute

"Scotland's Hydro Nation Vision builds on the recognition that water is of central importance to the economy of Scotland, both as a sector in its own right and as a critical resource in Scotland’s manufacturing, agriculture, food and drink, tourism and energy sectors"

21 Mar 2020

Coronavirus Update

Due to COVID-19 measures, SEFARI are moving all activities to the virtual environment for the forseeable future.  Our intention is to continue exisiting projects and exploring future opportunities as much as feasible during the challenging times ahead.

20 Mar 2020

Soil health: our most prized asset

The James Hutton Institute

"It is fundamental and vital that soil health is appropriately funded and supported if we are to tackle the global challenges that our planet faces"

18 Mar 2020

Social tipping dynamics key to stabilise Earth’s climate by 2050

The James Hutton Institute

"'Social tipping’ describes the rapidly accelerating process of societal transformation that must replace existing incremental approaches if catastrophic climate change is to be avoided"

16 Mar 2020

Exploring the potential of biochar to help farmers and the environment in India

The James Hutton Institute

“We hope this research will realise the value of crop residues and result in better air quality, reduced degradation of soils, improved crop production and additional income to farmers”

10 Mar 2020

PhD research showcased at Hutton 2020 postgraduate event

The James Hutton Institute

"This event provides a valuable learning experience for Hutton students in communicating their work to the wider scientific community and promotes a collegiate atmosphere"

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"