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Five new potato varieties have been approved for release in Malawi
Thursday, December 23, 2021

Five new climate and disease resilient potato varieties approved for release in Malawi

Five climate and disease resilient potato varieties developed by the James Hutton Institute-led Quikgro research project have been approved for release in Malawi. It’s hoped that the new varieties will contribute to economic growth and prosperity along the whole potato supply chain in the region.

Potato roots affected by PCN
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Assessing durability of potato breeding lines against PCN threat

Researchers at the James Hutton Institute and James Hutton Limited are exploring ways to reduce the losses caused by potato cyst nematodes (PCN) in commercial potato production.

A festive meal (Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay)
Monday, December 20, 2021

Why Covid is not a good stress test of our food supply chains' resilience

Will there be turkeys for Christmas? In spite of some likely strains due to Brexit, labour shortages and the disruptions of COVID-19, the answer is a fairly safe yes. Yet this is perhaps surprising, writes Hutton scientist Mike Rivington, describing the results of research on the impact of COVID-19 in our food supply chains.

Seed banks are a hidden stock for plant diversity
Friday, December 17, 2021

Global patterns of potential future plant diversity hidden in soil seed banks

Soil seed banks are a hidden stock for plant diversity and are critical for the recovery of disturbed ecosystems. A new study co-authored by Hutton scientist Prof Robin Pakeman (Ecological Sciences) has brought together research on the density and diversity of seed banks to understand global patterns.

No soil means no life (Photo: Nikola Jovanovic/Pixabay)
Tuesday, December 07, 2021

World Soil Day: Celebrating all that soils can do for us

COP26 highlighted more than ever that we must reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and become more sustainable before it’s too late, and soil is a key component in this battle, write Hutton scientists Ken Loades, Roy Neilson, Tracy Valentine and Nikki Baggaley to mark World Soil Day.

Maize sprouts in a field (Photo by Roman Synkevych on Unsplash)
Thursday, December 02, 2021

Plants for the Future: sustainable and innovative agricultural systems

A report by a multi-stakeholder working group of the European Technology Platform ‘Plants for the Future’, featuring contributions from James Hutton Institute scientists, has identified three principles that will help transition towards more environmentally and socio-economically sustainable agricultural systems.

A woman looking at a cow (Photo by cottonbro from Pexels)
Wednesday, November 24, 2021

New research illustrates impact of Covid-19 pandemic on women in agriculture

New research published by the James Hutton Institute has found that the shift to virtual meetings and events due to the Covid-19 pandemic improved accessibility to knowledge exchange, networking, and organisations for women working on farms and in agricultural careers across Scotland.

Prof Jianbo Shen (right) being presented with the Dundee Medal
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

ISRR Medal Lecture on Root Research shines light into the dark world of roots and soil

The 2021 ISRR Dundee Root Medal Lecture and Workshop on Below Ground Interaction between Plants took place on the 17th November 2021. This is an annual event for scientists interested in root research and the plant/soil interface.

A pea-barley intercropping plot
Monday, November 22, 2021

Intercropping: exploitation of biodiversity benefits in arable fields

Diversification of crop systems provides great opportunities to make food production more sustainable and resilient but also faces challenges along the whole value chain. Join a session on intercropping at the World Biodiversity Forum to learn more.

Atlantic oak woodlands in the west coast of Scotland (Photo: Ruth Mitchell)
Friday, November 19, 2021

Loss of tree species has cumulative impact on biodiversity

Diseases affecting different UK tree species have been shown to have a multiplying effect on the loss of associated biodiversity, new research by James Hutton Institute scientists and partners in the UK and Portugal has found.

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