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Meet the Dirt Doctor

Image of the Heather soil profile
Heather is the latest 3D model of our soil characters
There are more living things in a teaspoon of soil than there are people in the world

Starting in 2007, the Institute has been highlighting how soils play a crucial role in almost every aspect of our lives. A series of public events are championing the importance of this under-rated resource for our food, fuel, wildlife, water – even our climate – but also warn us of the potentially irreversible damage if we continue to take soil for granted.

Below you will find a selection of material from our soil exhibits.

Soil Health Profiles


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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.