Latest ... welcome to new staff member Kirstin Buchholz who will develop our technical lab capability .... 2014 Field campaign gets under way 31 March from Black Isle to the Borders (more later) .... new web page on the Atlantic Maritime Croplands - Sustainability and Environment  launched .... Graham Begg attends EU PURE project annual meeting in Valencia Spain in the first week of March ... Geoff Squire represents the Hutton at a Sustainable Intensification workshop held in the UK midlands 3-4 March .... Nora Quesada joins the group in February from Spain to work on landscape ecology in the EU PURE project .... Geoff Squire visits Prof Sayed Azam Ali at the Crops for the Future  Research Centre and field site early February in Malaysia with a view to setting up collaborations (more to follow) .... Pete Iannetta visits Milan, Italy, 8-10 January 2014 for inaugural meeting of the NASSTEC project on seed biology and conservation (see below) ..... Geoff Squire attends annual EU FP6 AMIGA  project meeting at Wageningen, The Netherlands just before Christmas ... and Geoff Squire, with colleague Salvatore Arpaie from ENEA Italy, also through the AMIGA project promotes collaboration on environmental risk assessment in Argentina, 13-21 November 2013, giving invited talks at INIA , the University of Buenos Aires  and the RedBio  Conference at Mar del Plata ...
New grants 2013/14 ... NAASTEC Project, newly awarded The NAtive Seed Science, TEchnology and Conservation Initial Training Network, a major EU funded teaching network for four years, includes the James Hutton Institute, Kew, Scotia Seeds  and several European partners, will fund PhDs in the years to come, contact Pete Iannetta  .... new modelling project funded by Scottish Natural Heritage  (SNH) in landscape ecology, ecosystem services and conservation objectives, contact Graham Begg  .... scoping study for National Grid  on ecological effects on buried pipelines, contact Geoff Squire. 
The Agroecology Group aims to provide a rigorous scientific basis for sustainable croplands. We examine how plants, animals and microbes may interact to form a dynamic ecosystem supporting long-term economic offtake. Our home base is the maritime croplands of the north-east Atlantic, from where we collaborate in a range of climatic and ecological zones across Europe and beyond. Integral to our enterprise is a comprehensive and unique knowledge-transfer chain that links research to applications in management, policy and the public understanding of science. We are active in global debates on food security, biodiversity and the sustainable use of resources. Contact: Geoff Squire 
Research is closely tied to outreach and knowledge-exchange through the following channels:
Many of the skill sets current in agroecology developed at the Institute during the coordinated programmes funded by the Scottish Government in the late 1990s, and were refined through external projects 1998-2008 on the ecological and economic impacts of GM crops. Full details including publications can be found at the Ecological biosafety and geneflow  web pages on the previous SCRI website, or go directly via the following links to the UK’s Farm Scale Evaluations of GMHT crops , the EU ECOGEN project on GM insect resistant crops; the GMO Guidelines  project in Brazil, Kenya and Vietnam (IOBC); the EU SIGMEA project on coexistence ; and a series of major projects on Gene movement and persistence  funded by Defra, RERAD and BBSRC.
The group and close colleagues, took lead roles in the 2006-11 RERAD programmes, notably in the Sustainable Crop Systems workpackage, and the BBSRC (trophic) LINK project (2005-2008).