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In the 18th century, James Hutton, a leader in the Scottish Enlightenment movement, was one of the first to observe and write about potatoes being grown in Scotland. Many people were suspicious of the crop, as some of the early tubers were “fingerlike and black” – a symptom of leprosy.

It is often wildlife we think of when we talk about biodiversity. Yet, this biodiversity loss also extends to the crop diversity that determines the resilience of agri-food systems. Just like Scotland’s iconic wildlife, Scotland’s once thriving crop diversity, is also under threat.

Resistance to antibiotics has been found in the environment across Scotland, according to a new study by scientists at The James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, the University of Strathclyde, the Institute of Urban Environment in Xiamen, China, and Newcastle University.

Scientists at The James Hutton Institute are part of an innovative programme that has won £3 million funding to enable UK companies to integrate nature into financial decision-making and to mobilise investment in biodiversity.