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.

3 Jun 2016

Scotland’s forgotten genius – more Hutton theories to be published

The James Hutton Institute

“Hutton’s approach epitomises the Institute’s purpose, intent and values. He was willing to stand up to dogma, based on the rigorous pursuit of observation and science.

1 Jun 2016

Moredun PhD Student wins Young Scientist Award


Ana Herrero, a PhD student at the Moredun Research Institute and the University of Stirling, was crowned the winning of the Young Scientist Award at the 10th Aquaculture UK Conference in Aviemore last week (25th May). 

30 May 2016

Social innovation to promote rural growth across Europe and the Mediterranean

The James Hutton Institute

“Social innovation manifests itself in new social relationships and collaborations. It seeks to promote the development and uptake of new services and new fields of activity, such as social entrepreneurship and social enterprises that improve the quality of life of individuals and communities.

24 May 2016

Dr Rupert Hough to lead Information and Computational Sciences group

The James Hutton Institute

"I am delighted that the Institute recognises the centrality of computational methods to help meet the challenges of environmental change, food security and sustainable development.

20 May 2016

Sustainable farming innovation on display at LEAF Technical Day

The James Hutton Institute

"At this field based event, experts from the Institute and partners Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and SoilEssentials will provide insight into their work and its impact for farmers.

18 May 2016

Water ecosystems reference book now available from UNESCO

The James Hutton Institute

"By presenting new insights and perspectives on how to shape future strategies, the book is meant to be a reference for researchers, academics, students and policy makers.

12 May 2016

Joint winners for prestigious Massalski research prize

The James Hutton Institute

“Both are excellent examples of the world-leading research being conducted at the James Hutton Institute and great role models for other young scientists to look up to.

11 May 2016

Building mycological capacity for sustainable resource management in Laos

The James Hutton Institute

“Consumption of wild mushrooms is very popular in Laos and so a great deal of them is harvested each year. At the same time, we lack adequate information about fungi. This project will allow us to start accumulating that data

6 May 2016

Hutton expert contributes to parliamentary discussion on water management

The James Hutton Institute

“The debate focussed on cutting edge reflections on natural flood management that remains hugely topical UK-wide following this winter's floods.

4 May 2016

Come and experience the power of plants on Plant Power Day

The James Hutton Institute

“We hope that the Plant Power Day offers something for everyone to enjoy in the fantastic setting of Dundee Botanic Garden. The James Hutton Institute and the University of Dundee are coming together in the name of ‘Plant Power’.

29 Apr 2016

James Hutton Group to focus on impact of renewable energy at All-Energy 2016

The James Hutton Institute

"Multi-disciplinary experts from across the James Hutton Group will be on hand to discuss their service offering, particularly those related to the impacts of renewable energy on agriculture, the environment, communities and processing industries

27 Apr 2016

Brazil-UK partnership to improve energy and food security through nitrogen fixation

The James Hutton Institute

“The production of fertilisers takes up about 2% of the world’s energy supply. At the same time, they pollute our groundwater and are a major source of greenhouse gases, so it makes sense to reduce fertiliser input for food production.

22 Apr 2016

New book summarises current knowledge of wood ants

The James Hutton Institute

“Bringing together the expertise of ecological researchers and conservation practitioners, the book provides practical and theoretical advice about sampling and monitoring these insects, and outlines the requirements for effective conservation

21 Apr 2016

Feed the world, help the environment and make great beer: beans can really do it all

The James Hutton Institute

"The new brew uses unprocessed whole grains, and will be showcased at several events to mark the International Year of Pulses.

19 Apr 2016

New Saliva Test under Development to Diagnose Equine Encysted Small Strongyle Infection


Scientists at Moredun are currently developing a novel diagnostic blood test for the assessment of encysted small strongyle larval burdens in horses. The diagnostic test detects antibodies to larval cyathostomins encysted in the gut wall of infected horses.

15 Apr 2016

Berries: not just delicious but healthy too

The James Hutton Institute

"Evidence for consuming these soft fruits is excellent; not only do they taste fantastic but they do a bang up job of keeping our health on track

13 Apr 2016

Mining legacy springs hope for greener future

The James Hutton Institute

“Scotland has an outstanding and virtually unexploited minewater geothermal resource base