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Clay mineralogy and its applications to the oil industry (Event)

A course delivered by James Hutton Institute specialist staff with contributions by honorary associate Tony Fraser. ... Read more

Professor Lorna Dawson announced as RSE Fellow (News)

Professor Lorna Dawson, head of Forensic Soil Science at the James Hutton Institute and advisor to the SEFARI Strategic Research Programme, has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The Royal Society of Edinburgh ... Read more

Get digging! Best Soil in Show 2019 now open for entries (News)


Soil erosion and compaction in Scotland: adapting to a changing climate (News)

A new report by James Hutton Institute scientists has found that climate change, along with variations in machinery and farming practices, is likely to increase the susceptibility of Scottish soils to erosion or damage by compacti ... Read more

Creation of soil X-ray signatures contribute to vision of “digital mineralogy” (News)

A new research study aims to demonstrate how the combination of digital X-ray signatures with data-driven approaches can replace the time-consuming elements of expert led mineral identification and allow for new insights into the ... Read more

Delineating critical zones of riparian processes and setting effective buffer areas using spatial data (Research Page)

Introduction The riparian zone occupies the critical interface between land and watercourses where processes have great potential to influence stream and river biogeochemical and ecological conditions and is a key management loc ... Read more

Hutton researcher success in Converge Challenge 2018 (News)

Hutton scientist Peter Orrell and his product MycoNourish have been announced as runners-up in the 2018 Converge Challenge, Scotland's leading higher education company creation programme, at a ceremony held yesterday in Edinbu ... Read more

MycoNourish announced as finalist of Converge Challenge 2018 (News)

MycoNourish, a product designed by Hutton scientist Peter Orrell, has been announced as finalist of the Converge Challenge 2018, Scotland's leading higher education company creation programme. ... Read more

UK Alpine Ecology Network: Meetings (Research Page)

Here you will find details of past meetings of the UK Alpine Ecology Network along with links to workshop reports and presentations where available. Return to main Alpine Ecology Network page Inaugural meeting January 2018, Ja ... Read more

Fife has the Best Soil in Show 2018 (News)

John Weir, of Lacesston Farm near Cupar, has been announced as the winner of Best Soil in Show at the Royal Highland Show 2018, with Douglas Greig, of Tealing by Dundee, scooping the Young Farmers prize for a record third time. ... Read more

Research and innovation that underpin Scotland’s larder – come and see it at the Royal Highland Show 2018 (News)

The Royal Highland Show (21-24 June 2018) is one of Scotland's most iconic events and showcases not only the very best of farming food and rural life, but also the research and innovation that underpin Scotland’s food an ... Read more

Peter Orrell wins Converge Challenge 2018 award (News)

Hutton scientist Dr Peter Orrell has won the ‘Ready Steady Pitch’ award of the Converge Challenge 2018 with his MycoNourish product, which uses fungi to act as a secondary root system and improve plant health. The re ... Read more

ALTER: can increasing the carbon in soil combat climate change? (News)

Scientists from the James Hutton Institute are supporting the Asian Agricultural Long-Term Experiment (ALTER) with the aim of providing scientific basis and management options for soil sequestration and agricultural sustainability ... Read more

Dundee Roots Group: Workshop & 2018 ISRR Medal Lecture in Root Research (Event)

This one-day event organised by the Dundee Roots Group and held at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee, is aimed at scientists interested in root research and the plant-soil interface and will feature the 2018 ISRR Medal Lecture ... Read more

Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing visits to find out more about Hutton research and innovation (News)

Mr Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, today visited the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen to hear about our world leading scientific research in crops and climate change, as well as its commer ... Read more

Clay mineralogy and its application to the oil industry (Event)

A course delivered by James Hutton Institute specialist staff with contributions by honorary associate Tony Fraser. ... Read more

Partnership to develop run-off tool app (News)

The James Hutton Institute has partnered with Syngenta and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to develop and test a run-off tool app. The tool will advise land managers on the best management practices to reduce r ... Read more

Open Farm Sunday 2018: New Venue! (Event)

Come and spend a fun family day at Glensaugh Farm! The Institute will be taking part in Open Farm Sunday 2018 on 10 June. ... Read more

New transparent soil technology to help fight nematodes and other soil pests (News)

Scientists from the James Hutton Institute have developed a screening system which uses transparent soil technology to help fight nematodes - microscopic worms that are harmful to plants, damaging about 10% of susceptible crops an ... Read more

Precision agriculture research collaboration aims to help Chinese smallholder farmers (News)

China's North Plain is one of the country's most important - and densely populated - agricultural regions, producing crops such as corn, cereals, vegetables and cotton. A research project led by the James Hutton Institute ... Read more

Soil research collaboration findings relevant to landmine clearing and fracking (News)

Blowing up landmines and other undetonated explosives may be safer and more environmentally friendly than physically removing them from contaminated land, according to new research carried out by the University of Dundee, in partn ... Read more

Hutton expertise recognised with Royal Agricultural Society of England’s Technology Award (News)

Euan Caldwell, Head of Farm, Field and Glasshouses at the James Hutton Institute, has been recognised with the prestigious Royal Agricultural Society of England’s Technology Award at the Society’s 2017 award presentati ... Read more

The 18th BioDundee International Conference - 'New perspectives, new opportunities: Life Sciences and Healthcare' (Event)

The Conference represents a wide spectrum of life science interests in and around the city, from the ‘red end’ of medical sciences to the ‘green end’ with plant and crop science. This year's accompanyin ... Read more

Managing our soils: knowing and believing (News)

Matt Aitkenhead & Cathy Hawes Soil is vital to our survival. We need it to grow our crops, feed our livestock, maintain our water supply and provide a home for biodiversity. However, because we do not see it doing these thin ... Read more

Hutton soil scientists help develop first Global Soil Organic Carbon Map (News)

Soil scientists from the James Hutton Institute, along with colleagues at Cranfield University, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, have contributed to the development of the first Global ... Read more

Professor Lorna Dawson honoured with Pride of Britain award (News)

Professor Lorna Dawson, Head of Soil Forensics at the James Hutton Institute and SEFARI Advisor on the Scottish Government‘s Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021, has been revealed today as one of the winners of the Pride ... Read more

Web mapping service improved in latest update to Scottish Soils app (News)

The SIFSS (Soil Indicators for Scottish Soils) app has recently been updated to improve usability. Aimed at growers, farmers and land managers in Scotland, the app allows them to quickly identify soil type in their area. ... Read more

Study to expand knowledge of ectomycorrhizal fungi in Scotland (News)

Researchers at the James Hutton Institute and the University of Aberdeen are exploring the relationship between ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi and native tree species in Scotland. The study will also determine which climatic and envi ... Read more

Organic phosphorus key to future food security and sustainability (News)

Research into organic phosphorus is key to ensure future food security and environmental sustainability, according to an international group of scientists led by researchers at the James Hutton Institute, Lancaster University&rsqu ... Read more

Digital mapping techniques to improve knowledge of British soils (News)

Soil scientists at the James Hutton Institute are working to create the first unified digital map of soil properties within Great Britain, a development which will contribute to worldwide Global Soil Map projects and improve the d ... Read more

The Challenge of Marginal Land: efficient utilisation of the managed natural environment (Event)

Glensaugh and three other research farms managed by the James Hutton Institute provide a valuable long term platform to meet the research needs of the Scottish Government's Strategic Research Programme. ... Read more

Soil, a key trace material in forensic investigations (News)

The important role soil can play in forensic investigations has again been highlighted by the involvement of the James Hutton Institute’s soil forensics team in a high-profile case, this time the enquiry by South Yorkshire P ... Read more

Your Soil Your Data: GROW Observatory's first webinar (Event)

The GROW Observatory (GROW) is a European-wide project engaging thousands of growers, scientists and others passionate about the land. We will discover together, using simple tools to better manage soil and grow food, while contri ... Read more

Moray has got the Best Soil in Show 2017 (News)

An organic farm in Moray has been awarded the prize for Best Soil in Show at the Royal Highland Show 2017. Knock Farm has been declared the Best Soil winner jointly by NFUS President Andrew McCornick and Soil Association Chief Exe ... Read more

Theme 1: Natural Assets (Project)

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RD 1.1.4 Soil management (Project)

  We aim to support the sustainable use and management of Scotland’s soil resource by providing new tools to predict how soil functions respond to land use, management and environmental pressures. These decision suppo ... Read more

RD 1.1.3 Soil and net GHG emissions (Project)

A recent analysis showed that Scotland is one of the higher per capita emitters. TheScottish Government wishes to reduce its net Greenhouse gas emissions and move towards a low-carbon economy in a sustainable way and it passed the ... Read more

RD 1.1.2 Soil resilience to change (Project)

  We will produce novel models of key soil ecosystems and functions for the major, semi-natural habitats in Scotland (alpine, moorland, peatland, forest, grasslands and low input arable Soil functions rely on a number of so ... Read more

RD 1.1.1 Soil and its ecosystem function (Project)

The capacity of soils to provide ecosystem services are affected by complex interactions between biological, physical and chemical components of the soil Understanding these interactions and their consequences for soil functions ... Read more

Root-Rhizosphere Workshop and 2017 ISRR Dundee Medal Lecture in Root Research (Event)

This one-day event organised by the Dundee Roots Group and held at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee, is aimed at scientists interested in root research and the plant-soil interface and will feature the 2017 ISRR Medal Lecture ... Read more

Open Farm Sunday 2017 (Event)

  Come and spend a fun family day on the farm! ... Read more

Work Package 1.1: Soils (Project)

Our soils provide many services or functions,  for example soils are essential for crop production but they also play an unseen role in limiting diffuse pollution to waters, storing organic carbon and reducing Green House Gas ... Read more

Scottish soils featured in art and science crossover project (News)

Samples from Scotland’s National Soil Archive hosted at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen have been used for the art/science project Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana) by artist Ilana Halperin, which highlights the historic ... Read more

Hutton honorary fellow awarded Collins Medal for applied mineralogical research (News)

Professor Jeff Wilson, Honorary Research Fellow of the James Hutton Institute, has been presented with the Collins Medal at the President’s Lunch of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland. ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Knock Moss (Research Page)

Peat Deposit: Knock Moss, Wigtownshire ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Elsie Moss (Research Page)

Peat Deposit: Elsie Moss, Aberdeenshire ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Fiag Plantation (Research Page)

Peat Deposit: Fiag Plantation, Highland ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Wyndford Moss (Research Page)

Peat Deposit: Wyndford Moss, Aberdeenshire ... Read more

Hutton innovation and excellence recognised at 2016 Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Awards (News)

The inventiveness and effort of staff at the James Hutton Institute were recognised with a score of awards - including the top prize - at the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards, held at the Crieff Hydro with over ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Summary (17 Selected Peat Deposits) (Research Page)

Summary of Peat Deposit Depths, and Land Cover in 1988 ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Blacklaw Bog (Research Page)

Peat Deposit: Blacklaw Bog, South Lanarkshire ... Read more

“Magic margins” win Innovation Award at RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards (News)

A practical ‘magic margins’ solution to soil erosion devised by the James Hutton Institute’s Farm, Field & Glasshouse team won the Innovation Award at the RSPB Nature of Scotland 2016 Awards prizegiving cerem ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Awhirk Moss, Wigtownshire (Research Page)

Peat Deposit: Awhirk Moss, Wigtownshire ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Drumbreck Moss (Research Page)

Peat Deposit: Drumbreck Moss, North Lanarkshire ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Drumbow Moss (Research Page)

Peat Deposit: Drumbow Moss, North Lanarkshire ... Read more

Crop research updates presented at BBSRC/KTN conference (News)

Drs Hazel Bull and Lionel Dupuy, from the James Hutton Institute, joined fellow scientists from across the UK in sharing crop research updates at the New Frontiers in Crop Research Conference, organised by the Biotechnology and Bi ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Dirskelpin Moss (Research Page)

Peat Deposit: Dirskelpin Moss, Wigtownshire ... Read more

Scottish agricultural students: social researchers need your views (News)

Women who are current or former students of agriculture and related courses (including agricultural economics, rural business management, equine and horse care, and large animal veterinary practice) at college or university level ... Read more

A new look for Scotland's Soils website (News)

A new look version of the Scotland’s Soils website has been launched, in a drive to promote access to information on one of Scotland’s most valuable natural assets. ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Nutberry Moss and Dornock Flow (Research Page)

Peat Deposit: Nutberry Moss and Dornock Flow, Dumfriesshire Survey: 1967 ... Read more

Hutton soil forensic evidence helps police secure murder conviction (News)

Soil isn’t just dirt: it’s the ideal trace material, as it sticks when wet and can be highly distinctive. That’s what Professor Lorna Dawson, Head of Soil Forensic Science at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdee ... Read more

Land Capability for Forestry (LCF) (Research Page)

Summary The Land Capability Classification for Forestry [PDF, 25KB] aims to present detailed information on soil, climate and relief in a form which will be of value to land use planners, foresters, consultants and others involv ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Creca Moss (Research Page)

Peat Deposit: Creca Moss, Dumfriesshire ... Read more

Scotland's Soil Data (Research Page)

To view a wide range of soil and land capability maps online please visit Scotland's Soils website or the National Library of Scotland where you can view a selection of the published 1:63,360 (1 inch to the mile) scale maps. A ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Gartur Moss (Research Page)

Peat Deposit: Gartur Moss, Stirlingshire ... Read more

Our Science (Research Page)

Our work covers much of the terrestrial environment and involves soils, water and crop production. Soils Physical, chemical and biological processes within soils underpin a vast range of ecosystem services. Our work deals with ... Read more

Soil forensics: digging up the bodies (Event)

As part of the Bloody Scotland Festival, our Head of Soil Forensics, Professor Lorna Dawson, will participate in a discussion of forensic fact and fiction together with crime writer Lin Anderson. ... Read more

Tracking a killer: forensics in crime fiction (Event)

As part of Byres Road Book Festival, our Head of Soil Forensics, Professor Lorna Dawson, will participate in a discussion of forensic fact and fiction together with crime writer Lin Anderson. ... Read more

The GROW Observatory: a citizen science project for growers, gardeners, farmers and space scientists (News)

The launch of a massive, European-wide project aiming to involve tens of thousands of ‘citizen scientists’ in a drive to empower growers with knowledge on sustainable practices and make a vital contribution to global e ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Cranley Bog (Research Page)

Peat Deposit: Cranley Bog, South Lanarkshire ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Harburn and Cobbinshaw Bogs (Research Page)

Peat Deposit: Harburn and Cobbinshaw Bogs, West Lothian ... Read more

Land Capability for Agriculture (LCA) (Research Page)

LCA - Further information ... Read more

1:25 000 Soil Map (Research Page)

1:25 000 Soil Map - Further information ... Read more

1:250 000 National Soil Map (Research Page)

1:250 000 National Soil Map - Further information ... Read more

Soils@Hutton - Soil Classification (Research Page)

How are Soils Classified? Fundamental to soil characterisation and mapping, is soil classification where like soils can be grouped according to key characteristics. Soil classification in Scotland is based on the recognition of ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Backhill of Bush Moss (Research Page)

Peat Deposit: Backhill of Bush Moss, Kirkudbrightshire ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Mindork Moss (Research Page)

Peat Deposit: Mindork Moss, Wigtownshire ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Glims Moss (Research Page)

Peat Deposit: Glims Moss, Orkney ... Read more

Peat Surveys: White Moss (Research Page)

Peat Deposit: White Moss, Orkney ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Dornal Bog (Research Page)

Peat Deposit: Dornal Bog, Wigtownshire ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Threepwood Moss (Research Page)

Peat Deposit: Threepwood Moss, Roxburghshire ... Read more

Research partnership set to unearth secrets of profitable soils throughout rotation (News)

Four new projects addressing challenges in soil and water management across whole rotations have been awarded £1.2m in funding from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). The interrelated projects will ... Read more

Perthshire has the Best Soil in Show 2016 (News)

An organic farm in Perthshire has been awarded the prize for Best Soil in Show at the Royal Highland Show 2016. Hugh and Sascha Grierson of Newmiln Farm were declared the Best Soil in Show winners by National Farmers Union of Scot ... Read more

Biodiversity and Ecosystems (Research Page)

The aim of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem subgroup is to understand how human driven global and local changes impact on the network of interactions between animals, microbes and plants in natural and semi-natural habitats to predi ... Read more

Royal Highland Show 2016 (Event)

The James Hutton Institute is delighted to once again be inviting visitors to join them at their marquee during the Royal Highland Show where we will be showcasing the contribution our science and research makes to the continuing ... Read more

Peat Surveys: Peat Deposits (Research Page)

Maps of the distribution of surveys of peat deposits by the Scottish Peat Committee and Macaulay Institute Peat Surveys (since 1984) ... Read more

Safeguard our soils to sustain our way of life, Hutton scientists say (News)

Scientists at the James Hutton institute have welcomed the findings of a report published by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee on the health of UK soils. Soil is of fundamental importance to society yet remains ... Read more

Scientists investigate potential of plant traits and intercropping to reduce reliance on fertilisers (News)

Ongoing research by the James Hutton Institute, Rothamsted Research and Lancaster University is shedding light into the dark world of roots and soils, by focusing on the potential of plants to harness the phosphorus (P) already pr ... Read more

Hutton expertise contributes to parliamentary soil health inquiry (News)

UK soils are a non-renewable resource and they underpin our food security, water management, biodiversity and carbon storage. However, are the right policies and incentives in place to ensure their long-term health? The question i ... Read more

HOST Class 29 (Research Page)

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HOST Class 28 (Research Page)

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HOST Class 27 (Research Page)

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HOST Class 26 (Research Page)

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HOST Class 24 (Research Page)

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HOST Class 22 (Research Page)

HOST Class 22 Geology: hard, coherent rock within 0.5 m of the soil surface. Landform: ... Read more

HOST Class 19 (Research Page)

Geology: hard, coherent rock within one metre of the soil surface. Landforms: undulating, glacially scoured lowlands, in the high undulating mountain plateaux, and on summits with shallow frost-shattered debris and patte ... Read more

HOST Class 18 (Research Page)

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HOST Class 17 (Research Page)

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HOST Class 16 (Research Page)

Geology: water modified glacial till underlain by the slowly permeable fine-textured till at depths greater than one metre. water modified tills have had fine particles of clay and silt removed from their upper layers by water ... Read more

HOST Class 15 (Research Page)

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HOST Class 14 (Research Page)

Geology: loamy drift, locally colluvial, some moraine. Landforms: concave slopes or depressional sites in the foothills, valley sides and lowlands. Occasional areas of irregular topography or hummocky moraine. Generally f ... Read more

HOST Class 13 (Research Page)

Geology: loamy drift deposits, some moundy moraine. Landforms: gently to strongly undulating lowland and foothills, some valley-side and hummocky moraines. Soils: weakly gleyed brown earths and humus-iron podzols (w ... Read more

HOST Class 12 (Research Page)

Geology: peat and alluvial deposits. Landforms: Low lying hollows amongst fluvioglacial ridges and mounds, dune slacks, gently undulating raised beaches and outwash plains. Basin and valley peats formed in confined and p ... Read more

HOST Class 10 (Research Page)

Geology: alluvial deposits and saltings. Landforms: found in low lying areas around lochs, between fluvioglacial mounds, along rivers and on raised beaches. Also saltings and dune slacks. Soils: ... Read more

HOST Class 9 (Research Page)

HOST Class 9 Geology: fine textured (silty or clayey) lacustrine or riverine alluvium. ... Read more

HOST Class 8 (Research Page)

HOST Class 8 Geology: alluvial deposits. Landforms: alluvial areas in close proximity to rivers. Soils: immature free and imperfectly drained, loamy textured alluvial soils (wetness class I-Ill). Vegetation ... Read more

HOST Class 7 (Research Page)

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HOST Class 6 (Research Page)

Geology: loamy textured drift underlain by porous rocks such as sandstones. They are found throughout the lowlands of Scotland but most extensively in the east, Caithness and Sutherland. Landforms: the landforms associat ... Read more

HOST Class 4 (Research Page)

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HOST Applications (Research Page)

Further Details and How to obtain Host Distribution of Host Classes Provisional Groundwater Vulnerability Loch Katrine Standard Percentage Runoff Land Classification for Sewage Sludge ... Read more

How to obtain HOST (Research Page)

HOST is available for lease either as a 1 Km2 raster grid version which covers the whole of Great Britain and has the proportions of HOST classes indicated for each grid cell or as a simple lookup table to convert existing soil ma ... Read more

Provisional groundwater vulnerability (Research Page)

This map is based on the soil and substrate properties incorporated into HOST. More detailed maps are available. ... Read more

Loch Katrine standard percentage runoff (Research Page)

The HOST classes in the Loch Katrine catchment were used to determine the Standard Percentage Runoff values in broad classes. ... Read more

Land classification for sewage sludge utilization (Research Page)

Land classification for sewage sludge utilization ... Read more

Flow pathways of data and information (Research Page)

Flow pathways of data and information ... Read more

Soil posters (Research Page)

This series of posters around Scottish soils was originally designed in collaboration with Geography teachers from Scottish schools. In light of the enlightened public interest in soils as a result of 2015 being the International ... Read more

Soils in the digital age (Page)

Dr Matt Aitkenhead, Information and Computational Sciences, James Hutton Institute ... Read more

Soil and some of its darker secrets (Page)

Professor Lorna Dawson, Environmental and Biochemical Sciences, James Hutton Institute ... Read more

A grounding in soil (Page)

Blair McKenzie, Environmental and Biochemical Sciences, James Hutton Institute ... Read more

Soil for politicians: how we can use soil data in evidence-based policy making (Page)

Willie Towers, Environmental and Biochemical Sciences; Dr Katrin Prager, Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences, James Hutton Institute ... Read more

Improving soils for human nutrition (Page)

Professor Philip J. White, Ecological Sciences, James Hutton Institute ... Read more

The vital role soil mapping plays in the sustainable management of the nation’s forests (Page)

Dr Andrew Nolan, Environmental and Biochemical Sciences, James Hutton Institute, and Bill Rayner, Forest Research, Forestry Commission ... Read more

Plant roots for engineering soil properties (Page)

Dr A.G. Bengough, James Hutton Institute and University of Dundee ... Read more

Soil and roots are the foundations of our development (Page)

Dr Kenneth Loades, Environmental and Biochemical Sciences, James Hutton Institute; Dr Gráinne El Mountassir, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde ... Read more

Soils will lead the next green revolution – if we allow them (Page)

Dr Alison Bennett, Dr Tim Daniell, Dr Timothy George, Ecological Sciences, James Hutton Institute The “green revolution” led to an increase in crop yield at least three times greater than the previous century, a ... Read more

How soils keep us healthy (Page)

Dr Rupert Hough, Information and Computational Sciences, James Hutton Institute; Jon Stubberfield, Ph.D. student Soils are one of the most complex and dynamic natural systems studied by scientists. Although usually out of sight, ... Read more

Soil is the memory of the land (Page)

Dr Matt Aitkenhead, Information and Computational Sciences; Dr Helaina Black, Ecological Sciences; and Willie Towers, Environmental and Biochemical Sciences, James Hutton Institute ... Read more

Mapping Relevant to Ecosystem Services - MRES (Research Page)

The MRES report provides a review of recent and ongoing work relevant to ecosystem service mapping in Scotland. It provides a reference resource for future research and a list of example methodologies used in this area, while at t ... Read more

Soil forensic scientists narrow down locations for Moira Anderson search (News)

In collaboration with Police Scotland detectives, Professor Lorna Dawson and her team from the James Hutton Institute has helped narrow down the number of possible locations where the remains of schoolgirl Moira Anderson, missing ... Read more

James Hutton Institute and National Library offer access to Scotland’s one-inch soil maps (News)

As part of activities planned to mark the International Year of Soils, the James Hutton Institute and the National Library of Scotland have teamed up to offer access to the Institute’s historical one inch to 1 mile (1:63,360 ... Read more

Dinnet Constructed Wetland Open Day (Event)

The James Hutton Institute will host this one-day seminar on constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment. The morning session will consist of a series of short talks on various aspects of constructed wetlands including overall e ... Read more

Soil, the Earth's Tender Skin - Opening Lecture (Event)

Register now for the opening of Soil, the Earth's Tender Skin Exhibition at Summerhall to mark the UN International Year of Soil and to celebrate the health and diversity of Scotland's soils today and in the future. ... Read more

James Hutton Institute soil research featured in The Geographer magazine (News)

Reflections of James Hutton Institute scientists on the concept of soil, tools for digital soil monitoring and the implications of soil for policymaking, forensic science, engineering, health and nutrition, have been featured in t ... Read more

Finding out about the "hidden uses" of soil data (News)

A Macaulay Development Trust funded PhD student, based between the James Hutton Institute and Cranfield University, is seeking information from individuals and organisations about their utilisation of soils data, in a drive to imp ... Read more

Royal Highland Show 2015, time to celebrate our soils (News)

Although frequently out of sight, everything in our lives is underpinned by soil — our roads, our homes, the food we eat, and the water we drink. At the Royal Highland Show (18-21 June 2015), and as part of the International ... Read more

Come find out about the dark secrets of plant roots on Open Farm Sunday (News)

Do you know just how important plant roots are? Everybody knows they provide plants with the nutrients they need to produce the food we eat, but they also have a few surprising uses you might not have heard about. ... Read more

Royal Highland Show 2015 (Event)

The James Hutton Institute is delighted to once again be inviting visitors to join them at their marquee during the Royal Highland Show where we will be showcasing the contribution our science and research makes to the continuing ... Read more

Professor Lorna Dawson profiled in Nature (News)

Prestigious scientific publication Nature has published a profile of Professor Lorna Dawson, Head of Soil Forensics at the James Hutton Institute. The story, titled Forensic science: The soil sleuth, describes Professor Dawson&r ... Read more

2015 CLS/Hutton Distinguished Lecture: The Microbiome in Health and Agriculture (Event)

Dr Jack A Gilbert, leader of the Hospital Microbiome Project, Earth Microbiome Project, Home Microbiome Project, and co-founder of American Gut will be visiting Dundee to deliver the 2015 CLS/Hutton Distinguished Lecture on T ... Read more

Prestigious European grant for artificial soils research (News)

A James Hutton Institute scientist has been awarded a highly prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant to undertake research on a new generation of artificial soils; it is hoped that this would allow researche ... Read more

Nitrous oxide in soil – the contribution of this greenhouse gas to climate change (Event)

Professor Liz Baggs (Head of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen) will give an overview of what we now know about how the contributions of biological and chemical processes to nitrous oxide emission have evolved over time. ... Read more

New light shed on microbial battleground between soil and roots (News)

The soil around roots of plants such as barley – one of our most important crops - is a battleground where only certain bacteria can survive, suggests evidence gathered by an international team including a scientist based at ... Read more

Apps, Mobile and Digital Content (Research Page)

SOCiT soil carbon app ... Read more

Books and Book Chapters (Research Page)

Water Ecosystem Services - A Global Perspective ... Read more

Workshops (Research Page)

Scotland’s peat bogs - rural community perceptions on Lewis (PDF File: 5,798KB) ... Read more

Schoolchildren and scientists plant trees to mark World Soil Day (News)

Schoolchildren and university students joined forces with soil scientists in Aberdeen to plant 15 trees and mark the launch of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015 and World Soil Day. The trees were planted at schools acro ... Read more

Soils Maps of Scotland (Research Page)

To celebrate World Soils Day on the 5th December and the start of the International Year of Soils, we have made available for download scanned copies of the original seven 1:250,000 scale soil maps of Scotland and the accompanying ... Read more

UK Soils Observatory wins excellence award (News)

The UK Soils Observatory (UKSO), an initiative supported by the James Hutton Institute and other leading soil research institutions to provide a point of access to UK soils data and underpinning research, has been awarded the Exce ... Read more

Soils@Hutton - Soil Survey and Monitoring (Research Page)

National Soil Inventory for Scotland ... Read more

Soils@Hutton - Soil data and maps (Research Page)

National Soils Database ... Read more

Soils@Hutton - Soil and Natural Capital (Research Page)

Scotland's soil resources ... Read more

Soils@Hutton - Soil and Climate Change (Research Page)

Learn more about soils & climate change ... Read more

Soils@Hutton (Research Page)

Soils & natural capital ... Read more

Diffuse pollution modelling (Research Page)

Data from spatial monitoring of water quality provided parameter sets for validation of catchment scale models. These have been used in a number of externally funded research projects including REFRESH. ... Read more

Phosphorus biogeochemistry in riparian buffer strips (Research Page)

Management to mitigate pollutant swapping Buffer strips are useful for mitigating diffuse pollution. As riparian buffers perform their role in sediment trapping, P accumulates with no loss mechanism (as in wetland denitrificatio ... Read more

High resolution 2D imaging of trace elements in soils by diffusive gradient thin-film (DGT) and laser ablation (LA) ICP-MS (Event)

Dr Paul Williams from Queen's University Belfast will be giving a seminar entitled 'High resolution 2D imaging of trace elements in soils by diffusive gradient thin-film (DGT) and laser ablation (LA) ICP-MS' at the Jam ... Read more

Best Young Mycologist in Europe accolade for researcher (News)

A scientist from the James Hutton Institute has been named the best young mycologist in Europe and joined an elite group of only six researchers around the world to be awarded a similar accolade for their continent. Dr Alison Be ... Read more

Using biochar as an amendment to control the mobility of heavy metals in contaminated soils (Event)

Frederic Rees, Researcher and PhD student at the University of Lorraine in Nancy, France, will give this seminar titled "Using biochar as an amendment to control the mobility of heavy metals in contaminated soils" at the ... Read more

Young scientist nominated as Business Leader of Tomorrow (News)

A young horticultural scientist who has implemented changes to growing practices, which are already bringing financial benefits as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, has been nominated for the prestigious Business Leader of ... Read more

Tayside young farmer awarded Best Soil in Show 2014 (News)

A 16-year-old young farmer has shown that the future of Scotland’s soils is in safe hands by winning the Best Soil in Show at the Royal Highland Show 2014. Douglas Greig, from Tealing by Dundee, was declared the Best Soil wi ... Read more

Whisky research from land to bottle at Royal Highland Show (News)

The future of Scotland’s national drink is being boosted by scientists at the James Hutton Institute. Their work across many fronts aims to ensure the sustainability and continued success of Scotch whisky, one of the world&r ... Read more

State of Scotland’s environment outlined in new report (News)

On the whole, Scotland’s environment is of good quality and there have been many significant improvements in recent years. However, the 2014 State of the Environment Report clearly shows that some habitats and species are un ... Read more

Royal Highland Show 2014 (Event)

The James Hutton Institute will once again be inviting visitors to join them at their marquee during the Royal Highland Show where we will be showcasing the contribution our science and research makes to the continuing success of ... Read more

Host Identity and Climate as Determinants of Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Distribution in Scotland (Research Page)

Background Over 85% of land plants are obligate associated with mycorrhizal fungi illustrating the importance of the symbiosis. Fungi provide water and essential nutrients to their host plants in exchange for carbohydrates deriv ... Read more

Next generation solutions for current generation problems: Enhancing mycorrhizal function in wheat (Event)

Dr Duncan Cameron of the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, The University of Sheffield will give this seminar entitled "Next generation solutions for current generation problems: Enhancing mycorrhizal function in wheat ... Read more

'Collaborative roots' could reduce reliance on phosphorus fertilisers (News)

Farmers could improve the efficiency of phosphorus in crop production by coupling plants with complementary traits, which would allow them to harness the ‘phosphorus bank’ already present in soils. ... Read more

Research underway to unravel causes of blackleg (News)

Researchers at the James Hutton Institute and partner organisations are working to understand how seed potato becomes infected with Pectobacterium atrosepticum, the pathogen that causes blackleg; a disease that has been one of the ... Read more

Young farmers compete for Best Soil at the Royal Highland Show (News)

Young farmers from all across Scotland will be pitching the soils beneath their feet against one another in a quest to find the Best Soil in Show at the 2014 Royal Highland Show. The event will see the James Hutton Institute and t ... Read more

Soil Chemistry Challenge (Event)

Do your own experiments to see what you could add to soil to help plants grow better, and learn about pH – with spectacular results. Join scientists from Scotland’s leading land use and crop research institute, the Jam ... Read more

LandSFACTS downloads (Research Page)

The LandSFACTS software is available in several formats: with graphical interface, helpfile and tutorial [XP, W7], cf. below command-line [XP, W7, W7 x64, Linux x64], by request dynamic libraries [XP, W7, W7 x64, Linux x ... Read more

Loss of biodiversity limits toxin degradation (News)

You might not think of microbes when you consider biodiversity, but it turns out that even a moderate loss of less than 5% of soil microbes may compromise some key ecosystem functions and could lead to lower degradation of toxins ... Read more

LandSFACTS publications (Research Page)

Publications relating to the LandSFACTS model. ... Read more

LandSFACTS model details (inputs/outputs) (Research Page)

The LandsFACTS model was originally (v1.6) set up to simulate cropping systems at the landscape scale. Since 2007, it was further developed to allow modelling land uses at multiple scales within an evolving environment. The diagra ... Read more

LandSFACTS (Research Page)

LANDscape Scale Functional Allocation of Crops Temporally and Spatially ... Read more

Scenarios and land use futures (Research Page)

Environmental, economic and social issues associated with agriculture are often fundamental for rural prosperity and sustainability, with consequent implications for any debate about future land use. A key to supporting the planni ... Read more

Realising Land's Potential stakeholder engagement events (Research Page)

Stakeholder engagement events relating to theme topics Health and wellbeing conferences and workshops Date Title Theme role Venue 25 November 2013 ... Read more

Natural resource datasets and databases (Research Page)

Soil mapping ... Read more

Bacterium named after Scottish scientist could improve fertility of poor soils (News)

A newly discovered species of nitrogen-fixing bacterium named after a James Hutton Institute Honorary Research Fellow is part of a thrust for the development of sustainable agriculture on poor soils. ... Read more

New website for Scotland's soils launched (News)

A new website, which brings together information on one of Scotland’s most valuable natural assets, has gone live. The website is the result of a collaboration between the Scottish Government, the James Hutton Institute, SEP ... Read more

Exploiting plant traits to improve pest biocontrol (Research Page)

Exploiting genetic variation in the ability of plants to resist or tolerate attack by pests and pathogens has long been a focus of crop breeding programmes, although the genetic basis for plant resistance is often poorly-understoo ... Read more

Ecosystem services (Research Page)

Natural Capital is the resource from which Ecosystem Services, i.e. what an ecosystem 'does' or provides that ultimately gives some benefit to humans, are generated. We often think of these services in 4 categories: ... Read more

Integrated pest management - weeds (Research Page)

Expertise and capability at the James Hutton institute, Dundee ... Read more

National Soil Symposium (Event)

Professor Lorna Dawson of the James Hutton Institute will be giving one of the keynote speeches at the Soil Association's National Soil Symposium in Bristol this November. She will give a talk entitled "The importance o ... Read more

Fyvie farm in Aberdeenshire has the Best Soil in Show (News)

After closely examining samples from different areas of the country, soil scientists from the James Hutton Institute have awarded the Best Soil in Show at the Royal Highland Show 2013. A sample from Fyvie in Aberdeenshire, submitt ... Read more

A new soil carbon app for Scottish farmers (News)

A free, new soil carbon app has been launched to provide farmers with a quick, cost-effective source of information about the organic matter content of their soil. The app, known as SOCiT (Soil Organic Carbon information), provi ... Read more

Biodiversity (Research Page)

The term biodiversity describes the diversity of life on Earth. Diversity can occur at a number of levels of biological organisation, from genes, through to individuals, populations, species, communities and entire ecosystems. ... Read more

Soil Capital (Research Page)

Soils underpin a multitude of ecosystem goods and services that are not only vital to peoples’ livelihoods and Society in general, but also to Earth’s regulating systems. ... Read more

Hydrology of Soil Types (Research Page)

Hydrologists are often required to predict river flows, for example, when designing flood protection or river management schemes. Where historical records exist, flow indices can be calculated statistically but where there are non ... Read more

HYPRES updates (Research Page)

Version 1 of HYPRES is now complete and comprises approximately 1800 soil profiles with about 5500 individual soil samples with hydrological data. These data are from over 120 soil units (according to the modified FAO soil legend, ... Read more

HYPRES final report (Research Page)

Final Report on the European Union Funded project, 1998 Using existing soil data to derive hydraulic parameters for simulation models in environmental studies and in land use planning copies of the original report can be downloa ... Read more

Soil hydraulic properties (Research Page)

Water Retention ... Read more

Structure of the HYPRES database (Research Page)

Overview of the structure of the European soil hydraulic properties database HYPRES. Each column represents a separate table linked by geo-reference and horizon. HYPRES Version 1.1 has 5 additional fields in the BASICDATA table; ... Read more

HYPRES project description (Research Page)

HYPRES Database: ... Read more

BaBU Review (Research Page)

The Biotic and Biophysical Underpinning of Ecosystem Services in the Scottish Context  review was carried out to help deliver increased understanding of the linkages between the primary ecological and evolutionary processes, ... Read more

Natural products and food chemistry (Research Page)

We have a global reputation for our work crops, and in particular using high-throughput phenotyping approaches, such as metabolomics and transcriptomics, to assess a range of quality characteristics and their genetic control. ... Read more

Transparent soils (Research Page)

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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

Research/Analysis Facilities (Research Page)

Isotopes ... Read more

MOORCO – Moorland colonisation (Research Page)

The MOORCO project studies how woodland expansion onto moorland affects biodiversity and ecosystem services. MOORCO stands for moorland colonisation and is an umbrella project encompassing four different experimental platfo ... Read more

Soil diversity (Research Page)

The complexity of the soil system with many large gradients including nutrients and gases such as oxygen drive a massive diversity below ground. It has been estimated that there are over 40,000 different organisms contained within ... Read more

Soils, water and catchments (Research Page)

Soil plays a vital role in controlling the flow of water and chemicals between the atmosphere and the earth. As water passes through the soil it is filtered by plants, bacteria, fungi and soil particles, which remove various miner ... Read more

Soils and climate change (Research Page)

The climate is changing in response to the increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. While the burning of fossil fuels has made a major contribution to the levels of carbon dioxide, soils have been respo ... Read more

Soils Database (Research Page)

What happens to the information recorded in the field by soil surveyors, and the results of all the analysis carried out on the samples they collect? Once it has been collated, it is stored securely so people from all over the wor ... Read more

Soil science (Research Page)

We conduct a wide range of soil-related research. Read more on the following pages. ... Read more

Continuous deformable plant models (Research Page)

Currently, most plant root architectural models use computer simulations to mimic the developmental processes of root apical meristems and to construct virtual root architectures: single roots are assembled incrementally through t ... Read more

Tools (Research Page)

We are developing systems for live imaging of plant processes. We develop new substrate that facilitate observation of roots and apply a range of imaging techniques to make quantitative measurements. We have de ... Read more

Multicellular models (Research Page)

Although plants are complex organisms, the position and shapes of cells, tissues, meristems and organs establish themselves through regular and repeated processes. The cell constitutes the elementary structural and functional unit ... Read more

Architectural models (Research Page)

It is essential for future models to provide predictive outputs that can be applied to agronomic, ecologic or environmental issues. In the future, models will be asked to address more diverse challenges such as; how can crops tole ... Read more

Meristematic waves (Research Page)

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Plant Soil Ecology (Research Page)

Increasing global demand for food, feed and energy crops requires sustainable intensification of agriculture, which must occur without impact on biodiversity or the environment. We have a strong research team that integrates kn ... Read more

Soil forensics (Research Page)

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Land capability (Research Page)

Soil is a fundamental part of land and is key in determining what activities can be undertaken and supported on different types of land; how capable is land is sustaining different farming systems, different woodland types, valued ... Read more

Root-soil interactions (Research Page)

This interdisciplinary research examines below ground interactions between plants and soil, focusing on root growth and the rhizosphere. Research includes root growth processes in relation to environmental stresses, nutrient and w ... Read more

Professorial success for The James Hutton Institute (News)

Two top scientists at The James Hutton Institute have been appointed to Visiting Professor positions at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Dr Lorna Dawson, Principal Soil Scientist and Head of Soil Forensics, and Dr Wolfram M ... Read more

Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
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The James Hutton Institute
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Professor Lorna Dawson is a Principal Soil Scientist in the Environmental and Biochemical Sciences group at the James Hutton Institute, and has over 30 years’ experience in managing and conducting research in soil and plant interactions, in particular its application in the criminal justice system. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2018.

Current research interests

Lorna has co-edited seminal books on Geoforensics (Springer, 2009 and The Geological Society, London, 2013), is a trained Expert Witness and is Head of the Hutton Soil Forensic team (see leaflet on our soil forensic services, PDF file) and has worked on over 100 forensic cases in the UK and abroad, as a forensic soil expert working for police forces, lawyers and forensic service providers. She is a member of the National Crime Agency and has diplomas in Criminal and Civil law (Cardiff University, 2011 and 2012, revalidated in 2017). She regularly presents evidence in courts in Scotland, England, Wales and Australia. She is a Fellow of the British Society of Soil Science, a Chartered Soil Scientist, was a council member of the Institute of Professional Soil Scientists (2009-2013) and was a member of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, Science in Society panel (2007-2011). She has considerable experience in knowledge exchange, has worked on sabbatical for the BBC, advising on 'Countryfile', ‘Vera’ and 'Silent Witness'. She has also worked with a range of crime authors (Murder, Mystery & Microscopes pages), e.g. crime author Ann Cleeves to produce a Murder, Mystery Pack to be distributed to libraries to run public events. She is responsible for developing many of the Institute's soil education resources, for example, the set of soils posters, composting activity, and Soils of the Crofts which has been translated into Gaelic with Crofting Connections. She regularly organises and performs in public debating events, examining the interface between science and fiction, and was awarded best live science communication event, 2009. She was appointed to the General Committee of the British Science Association in 2013, is a STEM Ambassador; and a member of the Chief Scientist’s Science and Engineering Community Forum (2015). She is a Fellow of the RSA, and a member of the RSA, Food, Farming and Countryside Commission’s Research Advisory Group (December, 2017 to present), on the Editorial Board of Geoscience and a member of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Academic Committee, 2018 to 2021.


  • Roberts, D.; Torrance, L.; Stirton, G.; Britton, A.J.; Craig, C.; Kyle, C-A.; Abel, C.; Macaulay, C.; Fielding, D.; Watson, H.; Pohle, I.; Robertson, J.; Maxwell, J.; Irvine, K.; Sutherland, L-A.; Dawson, L.A.; Shepherd, L.; Miller, P.; Ellis, R.; Richards, S.; Blok, V.; Hackett, C.; Kettle, H. (2018) Women in Science., The James Hutton Institute, 25pp.
  • Cal, J.; Dawson, L.A.; Javan, G.T.; Ozsoy, S.; Quaak, C.A.; Ralebitso-Senior, T.K. (2018) From experimental work to real crime scenes and the courts., In: Ralebitso-Senior, T.K. (ed.) Forensic EcoGenomics: the Application of Microbial Ecology Analyses in Forensic Contexts. Academic Press, Chapter 8, pp177-210.
  • Dawson, L.A.; Rodway, P. (2016) Soils of the crofts., The James Hutton Institute Publication with Crofting Connections, Aberdeen, 2nd ed., 57pp.
  • Harrison, K.; Dawson, L.A.; Mackinnon G. (2016) Interdisciplinary approaches to the search and location of buried bodies: a United Kingdom context., In: Kars, H. & van den Eijkel, L. (ed.) Soil in Criminal and Environmental Forensics. Soil Forensics, Springer, Chapter 13, pp201-211.
  • Khan, M.A.; Qureshi, M.Z.; Dawson, L.A.; Rehman, M.; Hayat, A.; Maqbool, F.; Andleeb, F.; Haleem, K. (2014) Efficient desizing of fabrio using partially purified thermophillic amylase produced by T.sacchari by the utilization of agro-industrial wastes., In: Cong, H., Yu, B. & Lu, X. (eds.). Frontiers in Micro-Nano Science and Technology. Advanced Materials Research, Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland, 924, 3, pp 349-353. Http://
  • Dawson, L.A.; Mayes, R.W. (2014) Criminal and environmental soil forensics: soil as physical evidence in forensic investigations., In: Murphy, B.L. & Morrison, R.D. (eds.). Introduction to Environmental Forensics. 3rd edition, Academic Press, Oxford, Chapter 12, pp457-486.
  • Pirrie, D.; Ruffell, A.; Dawson, L.A. (eds.). (2013) Environmental and criminal geoforensics., Geological Society of London Special Publications, London.
  • Pirrie, D.; Ruffell, A.; Dawson, L.A. (2013) Environmental and criminal geoforensics - an introduction., In: Pirrie, A., Ruffell, A. & Dawson, L.A. (eds.). Environmental and Criminal Geoforensics. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 384.
  • Dawson, L.A.; Rhind, S.M.; Zhang, Z.L.; Poggio, L.; Kyle, C.E.; Mayes, R.W.; Aalders, I.H.; Osprey, M.; Ross, J.; Cuthbert, A. (2012) Linking distribution of soil PaHs to location as a forensic tool., In: Morrison, R.D. & O'Sullivan, G. (eds.). Environmental Forensics: Proceedings of the 2011 INEF Conference. Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing, Cambridge, pp199-205.
  • Dawson, L.A.; Morrice, J.; Rodway, P. (2011) Soils of the crofts., The James Hutton Institute Publication with Crofting Connections, Aberdeen, 130pp.
  • Eley, Y.L.; Pedentchouk, N.P.; Dawson, L.A. (2011) Tracing higher plant inputs to coastal sediments: an integrated isotopic and molecular for forensic investigation., In: Morrison, R.D. & O’Sullivan, G. (eds.). Environmental Forensics. Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing, London, 218-231.
  • Mayes, R.W.; Brewer, M.J.; Dawson, L.A.; Ross, J.M. (2011) An objective method for comparing unresolved complex mixture (UCM) "humps" in gas chromatograms., In: Morrison, R.D. & O’Sullivan, G. (eds.). Environmental Forensics. Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing, London, 275-284.
  • Dawson, L.A.; Towers, W.; Owen, J.; White, D.; Coull, M.C.; Ross, J.M.; Donnelly, D.; Cooper, P. (2010) Soils of the crofts., In: Dawson, L.A., Morrice, J. & Rodway, P. Soils of the Crofts. The James Hutton Institute Publication with Crofting Connections, Aberdeen, 130pp.
  • Ritz, K.; Dawson, L.A.; Miller, D.R. (eds.) (2009) Criminal and environmental soil forensics., Springer, 519pp. ISBN: 978-1-4020-9203-9
  • Barclay, A.D.; Dawson, L.A.; Donnelly, L.J.; Miller, D.R.; Ritz, K. (2009) Soils in forensic science: underground meets underworld., In: Ritz, K., Dawson, L.A. & Miller, D.R. (eds.). Criminal and Environmental Forensics. Springer, Dordrecht, Chapter 32, 501-514.ISBN: 978-1-4020-9203-9
  • Morrisson, A.; McColl, S.; Dawson, L.; Brewer, M. (2009) Characterisation and discrimination of urban soils: Preliminary results from The Soil Forensics University Network., In: Ritz, K., Dawson, L.A. & Miller, D.R. (eds.). Criminal and Environmental Forensics. Springer, Chapter 6, 75-86. ISBN: 978-1-4020-9203-9
  • Mayes, R.W.; Macdonald, L.M.; Ross, J.; Dawson, L.A. (2009) Discrimination of domestic garden soils using plant wax compounds as markers., In: Ritz, K., Dawson, L.A. & Miller, D.R. (eds.). Criminal and Environmental Soil Forensics. Springer, Chapter 29, 463-476.
  • Dawson, L.A.; Byers, R.A. (2008) Methods for studying root herbivory., In: Johnson, S., Murray, P. & Masters, G. (eds.). Root Herbivory. CABI, Wallingford, Chapter 1, 3-19.. ISBN: 978 1 84593 461
  • Dawson, L.A.; Campbell, C.D.; Hillier, S.; Brewer, M.J. (2008) Methods of characterising and fingerprinting soils for forensic application., In: Tibbett, M. & Carter, D.O. (eds.). Soil Analysis in Forensic Taphonomy. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 271-315.
  • Dawson, L.A.; Grayston, S.J.; Murray, P.J.; Cook, R.; Gange, A.C.; Ross, J.M.; Pratt, S.M.; Duff, E.I.; Treonis, A. (2003) Influence of pasture management on soil organisms and pasture root system dynamics., In: Roots: The Dynamic Interface Between Plants and the Earth (ed. J.J. Abe). Developments in Plant and Soil Science 101, Kluwer, The Netherlands, pp121-130.
  • Atkinson, D.; Mackie-Dawson, L.A. (2001) Root growth. Methods of measurement., In: Soil Analysis - physical methods (eds. K. Smith and C. Mullins). 2nd ed. Marcel Dekker, New York, pp435-497.
  • Mackie-Dawson, L.A. and Atkinson, D. (1991) Methodology for the study of roots in field experiments and the interpretation of results., In: Plant Root Growth - an Ecological Perspective (ed. D. Atkinson). Blackwell, Oxford, pp25-48.
  • Atkinson, D.; Mackie-Dawson, L.A. (1990) Root growth - methods of measurement., In: Soil Analysis - physical methods (eds. K. A. Smith and C.E. Mullins). Marcel Decker Publications, New York, pp447-509.

  • Bestwick, C.; Dawson, L.A.; Rees, B.; Skuce, P. (2018) Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture - measurement, modelling and mitigation., SEFARI NFUS Briefing, 8pp.
  • Dawson, L.A.; Cook, G. (2017) Consultation on new proposed BBC channel in Scotland and discussions with the BBC., Report to Scottish Government.
  • Dawson, L.A.; Bestwick C. (2017) SEFARI SAB OG report 2016 /17 annual report., Report to Scottish Government.
  • Dawson, L.A.; Stutter, M.I.; Cooksley, S.; Sample, J. (2017) Hydropower research., SEFARI Gateway Report, SRP2-11-16.
  • Cook, G.; Miller, D.R.; Dawson, L.A. (2017) Report on the Consultation on Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill., Response from SEFARI, August 2017.
  • Dawson, L.A. (2017) Soil and land use., Note to UK Parliament.
  • Dawson, L.A. (2016) Strategic Research Programme Centre for Knowledge Exchange and Impact - Research Awareness and Joint KE Strategy Development Meeting, Boat of Garten, 1 November 2016.,
  • Dawson, L.A. (2016) Report on the CKEI and CNPA exchange meeting., Report for Cairngorms website.
  • Miller, D.R.; Dawson, L.A.; Morrice, J.; McKeen, M.; Donnelly, D. (2016) Report on prototype spatial geoforensic database., EU Project MiSAFE, Deliverable 5.8, Report to the European Commission, EU FP7 MISAFE Project, 313149.
  • Dawson, L.A.; Bestwick, C. (2016) National discussion on the future of Scottish agriculture., Response to the Consultation request from Scottish Government Consultation Team for the Programme Advisors’ submission on the conversation on the ‘Future of Scottish Agriculture’.
  • Dawson, L.A.; Pakeman, R.J.; Stutter, M.I.; Miller, D.R.; Matthews, K.B.; Stott, A. (2016) Strategic Research Programme, Programme 1 Environmental Change, Final Report 2011 to 2016, Report to RESAS.
  • Kelloe, A.; Dawson, L.A.; Bestwick, C. (2016) Life in soil: does it matter?, Report on Royal Society of Edinburgh event, 24 February 2016.
  • Persch, S.; Clendenning, J.; Dawson, L.A.; Jourdan, C. (2015) Fine root dynamics within land-use change from tropical forests to agriculture: A systematic review protocol., CIFOR Working Paper No.200, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia.
  • Dawson, L.A.; Morgan, R. (2015) Geoprovenancing., In: Annual Report of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser 2015. Forensic Science and Beyond: Authenticity, Provenance and Assurance. The Government Office for Science, London.
  • Dawson, L.A.; Miller, D.R.; Freitag, T.; Brewer, M.; Robinson, L.; Ross, J. (2014) MiSAFE project mid term review report., Mid-Term Report to the EU Review Panel for the MiSAFE Project. Uploaded to the EU website.
  • Miller, D.R.; Towers, W.; Ruffell, A.; Morrice, J.; Dawson, L.A.; Brooker, R. (2014) A land strategy for Northern Ireland., Report to Land Matters Task Force, Northern Ireland.
  • Dawson, L.A (2014) International linkages within research institutes., Internal Report to RESAS.
  • Miller, D.R., Dawson, L.A., Morrice, J., Donnelly, D. (2014) Structure and specifications for geoforensics database: D5.2., EU MiSAFE Project "Structure and Specifications for Geoforensics Database", Deliverable D5.2.
  • Rivington, M.; Dinnie, E.; Craig, T.; Heslop, S.; Slee, B.; Matthews, R.; Nijnik, M.; Morris, S.; Stewart, D.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Dawson, L.A.; Daniell, T. (2013) Climate: public understanding and policy implications., The James Hutton Institute response to the UK Parliament House of Commons Select Committee Inquiry, April 2013.
  • Dawson, L.A.; Morrice, J.; Miller, D.R.; Hester, A.J.; Stutter, M.I.; Matthews, K.B.; Stott, A. (2013) Strategic Research Programme: Programme 1 Environmental Change, Report for 2012/13., Report to RESAS, 3 May 2013.

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