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James Hutton Institute welcomes Tay Cities Deal signing and highlights urgency of innovation projects (News)

The James Hutton Institute has today welcomed the signing of the Tay Cities Deal, hailing it as a huge vote of confidence in Tayside, while also highlighting the urgency of innovation projects funded by the Deal including the Inte ... Read more

Mayan Gold tatties for Tayside food banks (News)

Mayan Gold and Vales Sovereign potatoes developed in Tayside by the James Hutton Institute and grown on Hutton research farms as part of a long-term trial of sustainable cultivation methods are being donated to food banks across T ... Read more

Field sites and research platforms (Research Page)

The James Hutton Institute supports a range of field sites and research platforms across Scotland. ... Read more

Metabolomics (Research Page)

Principal contact: Dr. J. William (Will) Allwood (will.allwood@hutton.ac.uk) ... Read more

Food analysis (Research Page)

Principal contact for food analysis: Gordon McDougall QTS-25 Texture Analyzer (Brookfield Engineering Labs, Inc.) The QTS-25 is a self-contained bench top instrument providing a realistic measurement of the physical properti ... Read more

Chemical analysis equipment (Research Page)

IR research has been carried out in the James Hutton Institute for over 50 years including much of the pioneering work on IR of minerals. The Infrared (IR) Section at the James Hutton Institute has both FTIR (Fourier Transform Inf ... Read more

Mineralogy (Research Page)

Electron Microscopy is an extremely versatile tool which allows the study of both morphology and material composition from virtually all areas of science and technology. The XRD instruments are used for studying the mineralogical ... Read more

Soil and plant analysis equipment (Research Page)

The soil section provides a range of analytical services dedicated to the analysis of soils, peats, sediments and related materials. Dedicated staff and equipment provide high quality, accredited (ISO 17025), analytical data. Supp ... Read more

Organic analysis equipment (Research Page)

Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry systems are used for the determination of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and persistent organic pollutants (POPs): chemicals which can exert profound and deleterious effects on wildlife ... Read more

Inorganic analysis equipment (Research Page)

The Inorganic section is capable of a wide variety of metals analysis on aqueous samples, using ICP-MS and ICP-OES, ion chromatography, including ultra-low level analysis for mercury, arsenic and selenium in waters and acid digest ... Read more

Isotopic analysis (Research Page)

The James Hutton Institute has state of the art instrumentation capable of carrying out isotopic analysis on many different sample types, such as rocks, soils, plant materials, gases and waters. Principal contacts for Isotopic A ... Read more


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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.