12 Aug 2016

Hundreds attend Potatoes in Practice 2016

The James Hutton Institute

With a markedly international flavour this year, the event featured speakers from five continents and a large Chinese contingent led by Mr Liang Xisen, chairman of China’s largest potato producer, Xisen Potato Industry Company.

5 Aug 2016

European potato scientists meet in Scotland to discuss crop challenges

The James Hutton Institute

“Pests and pathogens remain a major constraint to food security in a world where potato is rising in importance as a major food crop.

1 Aug 2016

Potatoes in Practice: Britain’s largest technical potato field event is coming up

The James Hutton Institute

“PiP is unmissable for anyone in the potato industry - with attendance rising steadily, it is GB’s largest potato field day offering something for everybody.

26 Jul 2016

Lessons in adapting to climate change from one of the world’s oldest crops

The James Hutton Institute

“Understanding the patterns genetic variation recorded in the genomes of crop plants promises to reveal how the process of mutation and natural selection has allowed plants to become successful in their own specific environmental niche

26 Jul 2016

Genome of 6,000-year-old barley grains sequenced for first time

The James Hutton Institute

"By combining archaeobotany and crop-specific genetics, this study has produced novel insights into the origins of our one of our most important crop plants.

15 Jul 2016

Analysis of milk using new technologies has identified potential biomarkers of mastitis enabling real-time diagnostics and targeted therapeutics


Scientists from the University of Glasgow and the Moredun Research Institute have published data from a comprehensive analysis of the changes that occur in milk during mastitis caused by a bacterial infection of the udder. 

12 Jul 2016

New insight into how plants make cellulose

The James Hutton Institute

“This work will help us to understand how the cellulose synthase complex works, how plants form cellulose and how they lay it down in the patterns that provide strength and structure to the plant.

11 Jul 2016

Collaboration receives £450K to explore food, energy, water and environment interactions in Ethiopia

The James Hutton Institute

"It is key to work with Ethiopian researchers and stakeholders to identify potential mechanisms which can help farmers in Ethiopia to become better equipped to cope with drought

8 Jul 2016

An evening walk to discover our latest developments in soft fruit science

The James Hutton Institute

"One of the Institute’s most successful and long-running field events, Fruit for the Future this year returns to its roots with an evening fruit walk around Mylnefield Farm in Invergowrie

7 Jul 2016

Research partnership set to unearth secrets of profitable soils throughout rotation

The James Hutton Institute

“This research will generate new data and knowledge to answer challenges across whole rotations and provide information and tools to allow farm businesses to make rewarding and sustainable rotational decisions.

29 Jun 2016

Latest research on show at cereals event

The James Hutton Institute

"Now in its eighth year and for only the second time in Aberdeenshire, the free event is an opportunity for arable farmers, businesses and industry with an interest in cereals to take advantage of the latest scientific research and technologies.

28 Jun 2016

Potato blight map reveals distribution of disease in Europe

The James Hutton Institute

“The industry has an effective range of fungicides with which to manage late blight but the pathogen population is able to evolve rapidly and it is important that management practices are also updated when required.

24 Jun 2016

Perthshire has the Best Soil in Show 2016

The James Hutton Institute

"Together with farmers, growers, policy makers and agencies, the James Hutton Institute aims to make the best of our soils to help to deliver sustainable economic growth in Scotland and beyond.

23 Jun 2016

Moredun's parasitologists find a creative way to highlight the key messages for sustainable worm control


Moredun has teamed up with an animator to create an engaging and entertaining short film highlighting the important elements involved in the development and spread of anthelmintic resistance.

23 Jun 2016

Biosecurity best practice advice to the farming community


Moredun and The Crown Estate Scotland Portfolio have extended their collaboration to produce Biosecurity information in a clear and concise format aimed to encourage livestock farmers to encompass a proactive approach to disease prevention and control.

20 Jun 2016

Entrepreneurial push for futuristic indoor farming in Scotland

The James Hutton Institute

“We are doing more research with such innovative companies in the private sector and this example combines our knowledge of plant science and specialised infrastructure to work with others whose vision is aligned to help solve the challenges around long-term food security.

15 Jun 2016

Chris Law MP visits to find out more about our research and innovation

The James Hutton Institute

“I was given a fascinating insight into their work - not only on all sorts of crops and plant diseases but also their exciting plans for the future, which include the possibility of establishing an International Barley Hub here at their Dundee site.

13 Jun 2016

Potato parasite’s 'toolkit’ revealed

The James Hutton Institute

“Using this information we will now be able to much better target how we can prevent nematode infection. Parasitic nematode worms are the 'hidden enemy’ of farmers worldwide, causing billions of pounds worth of crop damage every year.

9 Jun 2016

Flooding: time for a pro-active, joined-up approach

The James Hutton Institute

"We at the James Hutton Institute think a co-ordinated response is right, recognising that the risk of flooding can only be mitigated through the application of a combination of natural solutions, construction measures and innovation.

6 Jun 2016

Safeguard our soils to sustain our way of life, Hutton scientists say

The James Hutton Institute

“Healthy soil is essential to a successful and sustainable farming industry. Scientists at the James Hutton institute have welcomed the findings of a report published by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee on the health of UK soils.