Our science is changing the world.

We offer world-leading scientific solutions for the sustainable management of land, crop and natural resources that support thriving communities.

Science connecting land and people

We respond to the challenges posed by the climate and nature crises through applying our scientific expertise to developing interventions, tools, products and land management practices to improve the resilience of crops, land, natural resources and communities.

Our unique research is tested in labs and at scale on our farms. We combine expertise in both natural and socio-economic sciences to consider the connections between crops, resources and people.

Delivering food and plant products, ensuring economic prosperity and wellbeing while safeguarding the environment.
Increasing the resilience of ecosystems for multiple benefits.
Supporting sustainable and resilient communities through social, economic and technical innovations.

Our scientific services

We offer a range of analytical, commercial research, crop science, consultancy and scientific project services, all underpinned by world-leading science, facilities, resources and intellectual property.

We are welcoming those with an interest in the arable sector back to Balruddery Farm in Dundee on 2 July 2024 for the sixth annual Arable Scotland event.
Experts in water quality from 17 different countries will be descending on Aberdeen next week for a three-day international workshop.
One of Scotland’s largest supercomputing clusters has hit a milestone of 100 million hours of computing time performed on cutting edge UK science.
In the 18th century, James Hutton, a leader in the Scottish Enlightenment movement, was one of the first to observe and write about potatoes being grown in Scotland. Many people were suspicious of the crop, as some of the early tubers were “fingerlike and black” – a symptom of leprosy.
It is often wildlife we think of when we talk about biodiversity. Yet, this biodiversity loss also extends to the crop diversity that determines the resilience of agri-food systems. Just like Scotland’s iconic wildlife, Scotland’s once thriving crop diversity, is also under threat.
The James Hutton Institute will continue in its role to help protect Britain’s potato crop against late blight after further funding was secured.


Our open science approach means that we have a variety of offices, labs and glasshouses available to rent on a long term-term basis at our sites at Invergowrie, Aberdeen and Glensaugh.

World-leading plant science delivering innovative solutions for food and environmental sustainability.
Climate-positive farming initiative, tackling the climate and biodiversity crises with transformative farming and technological innovations.
Promoting innovative and transformative research solutions for sustainable water management.
A centre of excellence in barley research, innovation and knowledge exchange