17 Jan 2022

Major new study shows role beavers could play in restoring Scotland’s rivers

The James Hutton Institute

"This timely CREW report provides an independent assessment to aid policy decisions that balances the needs of land managers against the ecosystem benefits that come from beaver re-introduction”

13 Jan 2022

Research on impact of COVID-19 on food practices

The James Hutton Institute

"This study into changing food practices during the pandemic will give valuable insights into how and why people make decisions relating to food, leading to greater understanding about how policy and public communication can most effectively influence those decisions with regard to environmental sustainability and s

12 Jan 2022

Blue light inhibits immune response of potato to late blight disease

The James Hutton Institute

“This advancement highlights that varying light treatments could have a direct impact on plant health and the ability to respond to pathogen attack”

11 Jan 2022

Protein from gorse could feed millions of people, says Rowett Institute expert

The Rowett Institute

Protein from gorse, a widely-cleared plant in Scotland, could be used to provide a food source for millions of people, according to the Rowett Institute's Professor Wendy Russell.

1 Jan 2022

Rethink our relationship with nature to avoid worst of climate change and pandemics

The James Hutton Institute

“New thinking and believing in our own ingenuity can get us through many crises. Science is now clear that we, too, need to re-think our relationship with the natural world, if we’re going to avoid the worst consequences of climate change and avoid pandemics"

23 Dec 2021

Plans afoot for UK’s first purpose-built greenhouse gas observatory in Scotland

The James Hutton Institute

“Science was at the heart of COP26, providing evidence of how much damage was being done due to climate warming from greenhouse gases but there are still contested issues about exactly how much GHG are being produced from land and a need to know if planned mitigations will work”

23 Dec 2021

Five new climate and disease resilient potato varieties approved for release in Malawi

The James Hutton Institute

"We hope that Chikoka, Chitute, Khutula, Phindu and Tinyadile will contribute to economic prosperity and increased food security in Malawi and beyond, and are very grateful to our project partners and funders for their continued support"

21 Dec 2021

Assessing durability of potato breeding lines to PCN threat

The James Hutton Institute

"Producing resistant varieties that are attractive to growers and processors is incredibly important if we’re to protect the future of potato production across the UK. However, resistance is only half the battle, and we need to be considering tolerance too.

20 Dec 2021

Why Covid is not a good stress test of our food supply chains' resilience

The James Hutton Institute

"There is an old adage that says if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The first task for policymakers is to understand that, in spite of the mask of resilience it wears, our food system is broken and highly vulnerable" By Mike Rivington

17 Dec 2021

Global patterns of potential future plant diversity hidden in soil seed banks

The James Hutton Institute

"The global analysis of soil seed bank diversity and density strongly suggests that the biodiversity of sub-tropical and tropical forests is particularly vulnerable to large-scale climatic or land-use disturbances"

7 Dec 2021

World Soil Day: Celebrating all that soils can do for us

The James Hutton Institute

"We have to ensure that we care and nurture all soils it to keep both the human population and the planet healthy" By Ken Loades, Roy Neilson, Tracy Valentine and Nikki Baggaley

2 Dec 2021

Plants for the Future: sustainable and innovative agricultural systems

The James Hutton Institute

“The report outlines the recommendations for research and innovation needed to support the transition towards more sustainable agricultural systems to meet the goals of the EU Green Deal and envisions how agriculture will likely transition in the short, medium and long term."

24 Nov 2021

New research illustrates impact of Covid-19 pandemic on women in agriculture

The James Hutton Institute

“Delivering equality of opportunity will make Scottish agriculture a more resilient and economically sustainable industry and this will help women realise their potential and support business innovation.”

22 Nov 2021

Intercropping: exploitation of biodiversity benefits in arable fields

The James Hutton Institute

"The session aims to give a voice to scientists and stakeholders from different disciplines and regions to obtain feedback on research findings and practical applications of intercropping"

19 Nov 2021

Loss of tree species has cumulative impact on biodiversity

The James Hutton Institute

“The impact of plant pests and pathogens on associated biodiversity is rarely considered when risk assessments for plant pests and pathogens new to the UK are made”

18 Nov 2021

Dee Catchment Partnership scoop Nature of Scotland climate action award

The James Hutton Institute

“We are over the moon to have won this fantastic award, exactly one year after the Easter Beltie restoration was completed."

12 Nov 2021

New PhD studentship opportunities announced - apply now

The James Hutton Institute

The support and mentoring PhD students receive throughout their studies from their Institute supervisors and our Postgraduate Student Liaison Team ensures students achieve a high degree of intellectual freedom, whilst equipping students with the comprehensive range of scientific and transferable skills demanded of t

8 Nov 2021

Volunteers invited to eat - in the name of research

The Rowett Institute

In-person studies at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health have restarted, with the first call for volunteers focused on studies exploring the impact of processed foods and sugar levels on our bodies and minds.

5 Nov 2021

Outrage and optimism in the face of the climate crisis: watch the 43rd TB Macaulay Lecture

The James Hutton Institute

“Time is quickly running out, and we must act with the ambition and urgency necessary to deliver a just transition to net-zero and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.”