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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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  • 5 July 2016, 2.45-7.30pm, Free

    Cereals in Practice is the annual showcase of variety trials and research organised by the James Hutton Institute, SRUC (Scotland's Rural College) and the Scottish Society for Crop Research.
  • 14 July 2016, 4.00pm to 6.30pm, Free

    Fruit for the Future is aimed at farmers, agronomists, representatives of the food and drink industries, scientists and others interested in soft fruit.
  • 7 - 11 August 2016

    Organised in Dundee for the first time, this EAPR Pathology and Pests Section meeting will cover research into potato pests and diseases with a focus on applied outcomes.
  • 11 August 2016, 8.30am to 4.30pm

    The UK's number one field based potato event.

Science Tabs

  • Delivering Sustainable Production Systems

    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.

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  • Controlling Weeds, Pests and Diseases

    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.

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  • Enhancing Crop Productivity and Utilisation

    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.

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  • Managing Catchments and Coasts

    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.

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  • Nurturing Vibrant and Low Carbon Communities

    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.

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  • Realising Land’s Potential

    Realising Land’s Potential

    In Scotland, multifunctional delivery of the suite of ecosystem services must be grounded in thorough knowledge of land’s potential.

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  • Safeguarding Natural Capital

    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’.

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  • Cell and Molecular Sciences

    Confocal image of GFP-expressing Ramularia cygni

    Cell and Molecular Sciences comprises more than 100 plant scientists with research specialisms in cell and molecular biology, genomics, genetics, pathology and physiology.

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  • Ecological Sciences

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    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.

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  • Environmental and Biochemical Sciences

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    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.

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  • Information and Computational Sciences

    Image of Barley pedigree showing lines derived from the variety Cooper

    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.

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  • Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences

    Our SEGS group covers 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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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.