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Agroecology key to reducing agricultures environmental footprint

Field trials led by The James Hutton Institute in collaboration with farmers in Scotland and overseas have demonstrated that cultivating different crops together in the same field and at the same time can make agriculture more resilient and environmentally sustainable.

Training an eye in the sky on Scottish peatland health

Peatland covers about 20% of Scotland, providing a unique habitat, filtering our water and storing carbon. But when damaged, peatlands can be a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, about 80% of Scotland’s peatland is thought to be damaged and contributing to an...

Hutton invites public interest in £7.2 m hub plans

The James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen is opening its doors to local residents, schools, businesses and community groups to share proposed plans for its new £7.2 million Just Transition Hub. Funded by the Scottish Government’s Just Transition Fund, the hub will be a centre for...

Hot, but not a Long Hot Summer

The Heat is On, sang the singe Glenn Frey, and it would be an apt song for this summer. While July and August may not have felt that warm, failing to make it Keith Urban’s Long Hot Summer, the climate change driven heat in June tipped summer into being the 10th warmest summer on record...

Hutton Unconformities conquer Scotland’s Great Glen

The sun shone, but then the heavens opened – it’s a typical story for Scottish weather and one our and all the other teams taking part in the Great Glen Challenge on Friday (August 25) took on with relish. And it was all well worth it – we’ve hit our £1,000...

World Water Week: tackling water and environmental challenges, a win win

By Dr Rachel Helliwell, Director of Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters and the Hydro Nation International Centre (first published in The Herald, 22 August, 2023).

Munro soils: citizen science with altitude

By Andrea Britton Just over a month ago, we launched our citizen science alpine soil biodiversity project “Mountain Heights, Hidden Depths”. Our goal is to collect soil samples from nearly all of Scotland’s Munros so we can create a baseline map of alpine soil biodiversity...

The EU Soil Monitoring and Resilience Directive — Soil Monitoring Law

Kenneth Loades, Nikki Baggaley (The James Hutton Institute), and Jackie Potts (BioSS)

Damp July eases water scarcity warnings

It may have felt like July was a bit driech. In fact it was, even in Invergowrie on our drier east coast of Scotland. July here saw the 16th highest rainfall recorded for a July month, with 89.3 mm of the stuff falling (130% of the long-term average), according to our records, which go back to...

From pine marten poo to pulling together on biodiversity

Liam McAllan has recently joined the Hutton-hosted North East Scotland Biodiversity Partnership (NESBiP) as Biodiversity Coordinator. He tells us why we need to pull together for Scotland’s biodiversity. Did you know that blaeberries can make up to 30% of a pine marten’s summer...


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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.