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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.

The Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 is published by the United Nations CBD
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Natural world and humanity at a crossroads: UN Global Biodiversity Outlook report published

Despite encouraging progress in several areas, the health of the natural world is suffering badly and getting worse. Eight transformative changes are urgently needed to ensure human wellbeing and save the planet, the UN warns in a major report, and Hutton researchers are working across the spectrum of these challenges.

Photo: Eleusis Llanderal/CIMMYT
Friday, September 11, 2020

Massive-scale genomic study reveals wheat diversity for crop improvement

Researchers working on the Seeds of Discovery initiative, which aims to facilitate the effective use of genetic diversity of maize and wheat, have genetically characterized 79,191 samples of wheat from the germplasm banks of CIMMYT and ICARDA.

The straightened Beltie Burn channel south of Torphins will be restored
Thursday, September 03, 2020

Restored river channel to bring benefits for nature in Deeside

A straightened burn in Deeside will be restored to a meandering stream channel by the Dee Catchment Partnership, in a bid to enrich habitats for wildlife and improve the natural environment.

Food waste shows huge potential to replace energy crops
Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Huge potential of food waste to support circular economies

A new review paper by Hutton PhD student Camilla Negri, working alongside colleagues in Italy and China, shows that food waste has significant potential to replace crops in the production of energy and fertilisers through anaerobic digestion.

Members are being sought for a RISS group to explore the potential of pulses
Monday, August 31, 2020

New RISS group members wanted: processing pulses for human consumption in Scotland

Are you involved in growing, processing or selling pulse-based products? A newly launched Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS) group is set to explore the potential of the pulses supply chain in Scotland, the challenges and possibilities, and collaborate to define a project that could benefit the locally grown pulses market.

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