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Fruit for the Future 2016

Industry event
14 July 2016, 4.00pm to 6.30pm, Free
at the James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5DA
for farmers, agronomists, food and drink industries and scientists
Raspberries ready for taste testing at FFF 2015

Fruit for the Future is one of the James Hutton Institute’s most successful and long-running industry events and is aimed at farmers, agronomists, representatives of the food and drink industries, scientists and others interested in soft fruit.

New timings and format!

This year sees us going back to our roots with an evening fruit walk around Mylnefield Farm, giving visitors the opportunity to not only hear about our research but see this research out in the field. But of course, the event wouldn't be the same without our infamous fruit tarts!


  • 4.00pm Registration and SWD Clinic drop off
  • 4.15pm Welcome
  • 4.30pm Tour of the demo and trial plots
  • 6.30pm SSCR prize draw
  • 6.35pm Raspberry selection taste test and cream tea

Demonstrations, displays and dialogue

  • Blueberry research at the James Hutton Institute: Susan McCallum, James Hutton Institute
  • New selections from the raspberry breeding programme: Nikki Jennings, James Hutton Limited
  • Integrated Pest Management: Nick Birch, James Hutton Institute
  • Demonstration of hyperspectral imaging platform: Dominic Williams, James Hutton Limited
  • Raspberry selection taste test

New for 2016! Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) Clinic

As part of the UK SWD monitoring project, jointly funded by RESAS and AHDB, we’re inviting growers to submit a maximum of two samples of soft fruit from their own farms for testing. There will be no charge for this.

If you would like your fruit tested for the presence of SWD, please bring approximately 200g of fruit (raspberries, strawberries, cherries etc.) to the event. *All fruit should be presented in a clear, sealed plastic bag and delivered on arrival at the James Hutton Institute. The SWD team will take your sample where it will be given an individual number and securely stored for testing. Email contact details will be required so that the result of the test can be sent to you in confidence.

*Freshly picked, i.e. no earlier than the day before the event and chilled

Look forward to seeing you (and your fruit!) at the event.

Alison Dolan

Visitor Information

Attendance at this event is FREE and early booking is recommended. Bookings are being made via Eventbrite. Alternatively you can contact us directly by emailing


The event is being held at the James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie and directions can be found below.


If you have any queries, please contact: Pam Cassidy, Events Co-ordinator, The James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5DA. Email:, Tel:01382 568 751.

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