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.

The James Hutton Institute is part of a new UK research network launched to understand how antimicrobial resistance impacts to UK food production from farm to fork.
Professor Ian Toth has been appointed as President of the European Association for Potato Research (EAPR), in recognition of his 35 years of pioneering potato research.
The future of potato crop production will be a hot topic at Potatoes in Practice (PiP), the UK’s largest field-based potato event on Thursday 8 August in Dundee.
Key Scottish industries are being encouraged to do more to adapt to climate change after researchers found that the number of water scarcity events in Scotland could double by 2050.
More than 40 tonnes of bee-harming neonicotinoid insecticides, known as neonics, have been estimated to be flowing through Asia’s longest river every year, according to a new study.
The latest issue of Hutton Highlights, our e-magazine showing how Hutton science is driving the sustainable use of land and natural resources, is now available from our Hutton Highlights page.


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
An innovation centre focused on making a difference: enabling just transitions in land use.
We are proposing to establish and manage a National Potato Innovation Centre (NPIC)