James Hutton Institute and National Library offer access to Scottish soil maps
The Soil Survey of Scotland one inch to one mile maps are available from the National Library website, as part of a collaboration to mark the International Year of Soil.Read more
AfricaYam: breeding resilience and productivity into a key African crop
The James Hutton Institute, African partners and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are behind an effort to enhance the productivity of yam, a staple crop for millions in Africa.Read more
Independent report highlights risks of extreme weather on global food supplies
The Extreme Weather and Resilience of the Global Food System report, which features input from the James Hutton Institute, calls for co-ordinated action around the world to mitigate the impacts of extreme weather on food supplies.Read more
Biotechnology essential to solve global issues
Researchers at the James Hutton Institute have said at this year’s Potatoes in Practice event that biotechnology remains a key tool for the delivery of solutions to global challenges.Read more
The James Hutton Institute is an international research centre based in Scotland. The work we do is right at the top of the global agenda and involves tackling some of the world’s most challenging problems including the impact of climate change and threats to food and water security.
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Delivering Sustainable Production Systems
Our strong environmental, crop, livestock, modelling and socioeconomic expertise gives us the rare ability to get a holistic understanding of agricultural systems.
Controlling Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Weeds, pests and diseases cause major reductions in crop yields if uncontrolled; climate change and increased global trade have increased the risks of introducing new pathogens, drastically changing landscapes.
Enhancing Crop Productivity and Utilisation
Population growth and demands on land, coupled with the impacts of changing climates, have increased the need for a second “green revolution” to improve yield and yield stability.
Managing Catchments and Coasts
Developing resilience in response to altered hydrological cycles along with improved resource efficiency and linking water and energy cycles are key to meeting the future challenges of a global change.
Nurturing Vibrant and Low Carbon Communities
The challenge is to deliver knowledge and ideas to empower communities to deliver transformative change to address the major geographical differences in wealth and wellbeing across rural areas of the world.
Realising Land’s Potential
In Scotland, multifunctional delivery of the suite of ecosystem services must be grounded in thorough knowledge of land’s potential.
Safeguarding Natural Capital
Natural resources provide fundamental life-support functions. We need robust, underpinning information to progress understanding and guide decision-making to sustainably manage our ‘natural capital’.
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Cell and Molecular Sciences comprises more than 100 plant scientists with research specialisms in cell and molecular biology, genomics, genetics, pathology and physiology.
We are an innovative, multidisciplinary group of scientists who study the interactions between soil, plants, animals, humans and the environment with the aim of sustainable management of natural resources.
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
This group brings together people with expertise covering a range of scientific disciplines and applications and it is where much of the Institute’s biophysical analysis capabilities are based.
Information and Computational Sciences
This Group brings together an exceptional combination of scientific skills and expertise. This ranges from genome scale bioinformatics to the modeling of edaphic or climate information on a geographical scale.
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
The Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences group contains a range of researchers, using a range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods and often taking interdisciplinary and/or participatory perspectives.