Meet us at the Royal Highland Show from 20-23 June
We will be highlighting the importance of soils and talking about the Centre for Sustainable Cropping so come along to our marquee on Avenue Q. Younger visitors can find us at the Discovery Centre and we will also be taking part in the cookery theatre.Read more
Learn how we're working to fight disease naturally
The James Hutton Institute and Scotland's Rural College have embarked on a new two-year project to investigate whether plants can be defended against disease naturally.Read more
Attendees can book now for Potatoes in Practice 2013
Online attendee registration for this must-see event in the industry calendar is open so book in advance now to ensure you won't miss a thing. Attendance is free.Read more
Discover how plants can warn of aphid attack
A new study by researchers from the James Hutton Institute, University of Aberdeen and Rothamsted Research reveals that plants use underground fungal networks to warn their neighbours of aphid attack.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
Protecting biodiversity within reserves and designated areas will not meet the challenge of stemming biodiversity loss. New ways of integrating biodiversity conservation within production landscapes are required.
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.
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REDD-ALERT is an FP7 EU project led by The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen and involving 12 partner institutions from EU and tropical countries, linking with the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins.