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Research and innovation that underpin Scotland’s larder – come and see it at the Royal Highland Show 2018

James Hutton Institute at the Royal Highland Show
"There is a close relationship between Scotland’s first-class agricultural sector, its high-quality food and drink and its world-class research organisations"

The Royal Highland Show (21-24 June 2018) is one of Scotland's most iconic events and showcases not only the very best of farming food and rural life, but also the research and innovation that underpin Scotland’s food and drink sector and supports its first-class reputation both at home and abroad.

The James Hutton Institute’s world leading research in crops, land and the environment will be at the Show through exhibits covering plant science, sustainable agriculture, indoors farming, bioinformatics, soil research and social science.

Hutton scientists will also be on hand to highlight how they are tackling current and future thorny issues around keeping the rural and agricultural sectors vibrant in the face of issues such as declining rural populations, land access for new farmers, stagnating crop yields, concerns over soil health and the need to capitalise on the talent of women in agriculture.

Professor Colin Campbell, Chief Executive of the James Hutton Institute, said: “Farming is facing unprecedented times. The socio-economic circumstances posed by geopolitical change presents both opportunities and threats, but at the same time, science is helping develop extraordinary innovation and new understanding to respond to future challenges.

“We are one of the UK’s leading research institutes focused on issues of food security and environmental sustainability. Much of our work is interdisciplinary, and we include one of the largest groups of social scientists in Europe working alongside our cell, molecular and environmental scientists on agricultural, environmental and rural issues.

“There is a wide range of exciting science coming to the fore, and our exhibits demonstrate some of the innovative and progressive ideas coming forward. There is a close relationship between Scotland’s first-class agricultural sector, its high-quality food and drink and its world-class research organisations.”

On Show Thursday (21nd June), Pete Wishart MP, chair of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee, will provide a policy perspective on Scottish research and innovation, and Professor Ian Toth will speak about Scotland’s newest centre of expertise, the Plant Health Centre.

Show Friday (22nd June) will see Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland, Lord Duncan, discuss the role of Scottish science in the UK’s Industrial Strategy during our Superfoods breakfast, leading into the presentation of the 2018 Best Soil in Show award, which draws attention to the need for active management of soils.

To find out about practical applications of the Institute’s research, visit the Hutton marquee on Avenue Q of the showground at Ingliston. Children attending the show can get stuck into fun activities to help them discover the science of plants and the environment at the Institute’s stand in the RHET Children's Discovery Centre.

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Bernardo Rodriguez-Salcedo, Media Manager, Tel: +44 (0)1224 395089 (direct line), +44 (0)344 928 5428 (switchboard) or +44 (0)7791 193918 (mobile).


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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.