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FoodLAND includes 28 partners, 18 of which are in Africa
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

FoodLAND: boosting the nutrition performance of local food systems in Africa

A €7m research project involving African and European partners and featuring James Hutton Institute social scientists undertakes to boost the nutrition performance of local food systems in Africa. The FoodLAND initiative aims to develop a range of innovations for local agriculture and aquaculture development in six African countries.

Glensaugh is located in the Scottish uplands
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Pioneering natural capital approach to land use management in the Scottish uplands

A pioneering analysis by James Hutton Institute social scientists explores the potential and value of applying a ‘natural capital’ approach to the land-based business of the Institute’s Glensaugh farm, where the aim is to demonstrate climate-positive farming.

Walker in Quinag, Assynt (c) James Hutton Institute
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

New method to help project demographic changes in Scotland’s sparsely populated areas

Social scientists at the James Hutton Institute have developed a novel method to estimate future demographic change in Scotland’s sparsely populated areas, by considering geographical differences in employment structures and regional economic linkages, among other factors, to produce estimates of future labour migration in different regions.

Potatoes in a field next to the FindOUT app logo
Monday, September 28, 2020

Innovative use of machine learning to forecast crop disease risk

FindOUT, a new application developed by James Hutton Institute bioinformatician Dr Peter Skelsey, employs – for the first time – machine-learning ‘anomaly detection algorithms’ to forecast the risk of crop disease, greatly increasing the accuracy of forecasts.

Map of Europe's mountains (Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay)
Thursday, September 24, 2020

MOVING: spotlight on value chains of mountains in Europe and beyond

A new €6m research project coordinated by the University of Córdoba (Spain) and featuring James Hutton Institute social scientists is looking at ways to promote the establishment of new or upgraded/upscaled value chains that contribute to resilience and sustainability of mountain areas.

Purified fluorescently labelled diagnostic proteins under UV light
Friday, September 18, 2020

Interdisciplinary collaboration leads to new early sheep scab test

A new diagnostic technique has been developed by Scottish scientists to help in the early detection of sheep scab, marking a significant development towards improved monitoring and control of the parasite. This was made possible through an exciting interdisciplinary collaboration looking at new methods of protein expression and production.

Johanna and her pony Hechizo
Friday, September 18, 2020

From Spain to Scotland to conduct barley science: Johanna and Hechizo’s agricultural pilgrimage

Agricultural student Johanna Maria Würtz and her Shetland pony Hechizo have completed a 1000-mile hike to join us in Dundee for a six-month Erasmus placement to undertake barley science.

The Hutton digital soil maps of Scotland now include the Orkney islands
Friday, September 18, 2020

Digital soil maps of Scotland now expanded to include Orkney

As part of wide-ranging efforts to provide Scotland’s land managers, agencies and the public with open access resources, the James Hutton Institute has progressively been digitising the published one inch to the mile (1:63,360) and 1:50,000 Soil Survey of Scotland maps, which now cover the Orkney Islands and land south-east of Inverness.

Scientists and experts at Plant Health Centre launch (image courtesy PHC)
Friday, September 18, 2020

Scientists launch key principles to preserve Scots plant health

To raise awareness of plant health issues, and coinciding with the UK Plant Health Week (19-27 September), Scotland’s Plant Health Centre has launched a set of five Key Principles, which outline important steps to protect Scotland’s plant resources.

This work was carried out by Dr Guillermo Garcia-Gimenez during his PhD
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Research shows potential of gene editing to improve understanding of barley quality

International Barley Hub scientists at the James Hutton Institute, working with colleagues in the UK and Australia, have gained further insight into key genes responsible for grain composition, a process facilitated by using CRISPR gene editing as a research tool.

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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.