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Image showing a barley stem in a barley field
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Lessons in adapting to climate change from one of the world’s oldest crops

How did barley, a plant native to the Middle East and South-Western Asia, become able to be grown on land from just below the Arctic Circle to the equatorial highlands and southerly latitudes?

effectively a record of the past history of the individual grains
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Genome of 6,000-year-old barley grains sequenced for first time

An international team of researchers from leading institutions in Scotland, Germany, Israel and the USA has succeeded for the first time in sequencing the genome of 6,000 year old barley grains from the Copper Age (the Chalcolithic).

By Dr. phil.nat Thomas Geier, Geisenheim. [CC BY-SA 3.0] Wikicommons
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New insight into how plants make cellulose

A collaboration between Dundee and Manchester scientists has made significant progress into understanding how cellulose - one of the most abundant biological substances on the planet - is synthesised.

Soil research in Ethiopia (c) James Hutton Institute
Monday, July 11, 2016

Collaboration receives £450K to explore food, energy, water and environment interactions in Ethiopia

A research partnership including the James Hutton Institute and the University of Aberdeen has been awarded funding to investigate drought resilience and environment interactions in Ethiopia.

Raspberry tasting session at Fruit for the Future 2015 (c) James Hutton Inst
Friday, July 08, 2016

An evening walk to discover our latest developments in soft fruit science

Fruit for the Future, one of our most successful and long-running field events, this year returns to its roots with an evening fruit walk around Mylnefield Farm in Invergowrie, giving visitors the opportunity to not only hear about ongoing research but to see it in practice in the field.

Agriculture in Scotland (c) James Hutton Institute
Thursday, July 07, 2016

Research partnership set to unearth secrets of profitable soils throughout rotation

A partnership including the James Hutton Institute is set to deliver a five-year research programme which seeks to improve understanding of soil structure and equip growers with the knowledge to build resilient, sustainable and profitable rotations.

Barley field at Cereals in Practice 2015 (c) James Hutton Institute
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Latest research on show at cereals event

Farmers, industry representatives and scientists from all over Scotland and beyond will converge next week at Cereals in Practice, the annual showcase of variety trials and research organised by the James Hutton Institute, Scotland's Rural College and the Scottish Society for Crop Research.

Late blight genotype 2015 samples (courtesy Euroblight website)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Potato blight map reveals distribution of disease in Europe

An international consortium including the James Hutton Institute which monitors the distribution and diversity of Phytophthora infestans across Europe has published its latest data.

Angus Elder (l) and Hugh Grierson, winners of Best Soil in Show 2016
Friday, June 24, 2016

Perthshire has the Best Soil in Show 2016

Hugh Grierson, of Newmiln Farm in Perthshire, has been awarded the prize for Best Soil in Show at the Royal Highland Show 2016, with the Young Farmers category awarded to Angus Elder of Chapel Farm, North Berwick.

Vertical farming facility (courtesy IGS)
Monday, June 20, 2016

Entrepreneurial push for futuristic indoor farming in Scotland

The James Hutton Institute and vertical farming company Intelligent Growth Solutions have agreed on plans to establish a purpose-built, £2.5m facility at the Institute's site in Invergowrie near Dundee.


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