23 Aug 2018

Scientists reveal new insight into tackling obesity

The Rowett Institute

Obesity has become one of the most significant challenges to human health.

23 Aug 2018

Research to improve flavour of UK raspberries

The James Hutton Institute

raspberry "We’ve tried for a long time to try to understand the basis of flavour in raspberries and what we found was it was determined to a very large extent by environmental factors"

22 Aug 2018

Hutton team declared best in the world in clay mineralogy

The James Hutton Institute

Professor Steve Hillier "We are always looking to improve our methods and our participation in the Reynolds Cup has helped to keep us at the leading edge, internationally, of the development of quantitative mineralogical analysis of soils and rocks"

20 Aug 2018

All creatures great and small

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has become one of only two institutions in Scotland – and only ten in the UK – to offer a degree in Veterinary Nursing.

16 Aug 2018

Corporate culture can impact the benefits of workplace sharing

The James Hutton Institute

"Sometimes, policy solutions that make perfect sense at first sight can lead to unintended consequences because, although people make decisions independently, the effects of those decisions are played out in a shared space"

14 Aug 2018

Scottish rivers are warming, Hutton research shows

The James Hutton Institute

"We modelled the water temperature of the river Spey as the first step towards assessing how future changes in climate, land-use, management, industry and water use might influence river temperatures"

14 Aug 2018

Crop Wild Relatives pre-breeding data available on Germinate 3

The James Hutton Institute

"Germinate 3 fills a role not offered by other plant genetic resources software platform. In short, it is capable of integrating both genotypic and phenotypic data with passport data" Related content 

10 Aug 2018

Climate-resilient spuds in focus at Potatoes in Practice 2018

The James Hutton Institute

"When the weather is warmer than 14-22˚C, tuber production is inhibited, reducing potato tuber production, with damaging consequences for both producer and consumer"

8 Aug 2018

Muesli helps slug it to farm pest

SRUC

An unlikely new weapon in Scottish farming’s battle with the multi-million pound slug menace has been revealed – Swiss-style muesli.

6 Aug 2018

Modern dairying practices the subject of Edinburgh Fringe show

The James Hutton Institute

"It’s an important time for dairy farming in the UK; the sector has moved away from one type of system based on seasonal grazing and housing."

6 Aug 2018

Know the score

The importance of body condition scoring mature ewes at key stages in the year, such as weaning and pre-tupping, has been highlighted by the Scottish Government’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS).

3 Aug 2018

Mountain research piques Cabinet Secretary’s interest

SRUC

SRUC’s Kirkton & Auchtertyre upland research and demonstration farms, near Crianlarich, were recently the focus of a Ministerial visit.

2 Aug 2018

Feed and phenotyping

SRUC

A special event at Scotland’s only “phenotype farm” has highlighted the importance of feed-intake monitoring.

2 Aug 2018

Post-Brexit discussions in London

SRUC

Staff from SRUC's Rural Policy Centre recently spent a day in London talking to politicians and policy makers about post-Brexit challenges in Scotand.

1 Aug 2018

A big call

SRUC

A large-scale telephone survey of thousands of Scottish farmers has been announced.

30 Jul 2018

Crop mixtures and evolution can improve agricultural productivity

The James Hutton Institute

“Only mixed cropping with plants with mixture coexistence histories has the potential to not only reduce competition but also to enable the evolution of facilitative interactions, thereby maximising beneficial effects of enhanced biodiversity”

30 Jul 2018

Birch lab discover new knowledge in fight against potato blight disease

The James Hutton Institute

"This study reveals that protecting the host protein SWAP70 by reducing the activity of NRL1, a negative regulator of immunity, could provide a method to combat late blight disease"

25 Jul 2018

Stress-resistant crops may be way forward in the face of extreme temperatures

The James Hutton Institute

Scientists of the James Hutton Institute have alerted about the potential impact of extreme weather events - such as the current heatwave - on crop production and have suggested the development of stress-resistant crops as an important resource to preserve food security in the face of increased temperatures.

24 Jul 2018

Potatoes in Practice looks to the future of tatties

The James Hutton Institute

"One of the event’s seminar sessions is inspired by the recently launched World without Potatoes concept, a new international campaign which aims to remind consumers globally of the myriad benefits of potatoes"

18 Jul 2018

Barley in the spotlight at iBMW2018 meeting

The James Hutton Institute

“There was collective momentum to develop an international strategy for the characterisation of barley mutant populations and the creation of a central database to facilitate access to these genetic resources for research”