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Hutton research developed climate-resilient blackcurrant varieties (c) LRS
Friday, July 17, 2020

Pick of the bunch: first crop of climate change resilient blackcurrants

This week, UK blackcurrant farmers are harvesting a groundbreaking new crop of berries that have been bred to cope with Britain’s changing climate. Named ‘Ben Lawers’, the new variety is the fruit of a longstanding partnership between Lucozade Ribena Suntory and the James Hutton Institute.

Worm's eyeview of green trees (Photo by Felix Mittermeier from Pexels)
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Tree planting does not always boost ecosystem carbon stocks, study finds

Planting huge numbers of trees to mitigate climate change is “not always the best strategy” – with some experimental sites in Scotland failing to increase carbon stocks, a new study co-authored by Hutton scientists has found.

Screenshot of Arable Scotland's Plant Health Arable Conversation
Thursday, July 09, 2020

Thousands log in for a digital Arable Scotland

The 2020 edition of Arable Scotland – Scotland’s newest field event focussing on arable crops - took place online on 2nd July and was very well received: hundreds of e-delegates visited the event’s Virtual Field Map on the day, and many more have caught up with the event’s webinars and online content in the days since.

Fruit for the Future is the Institute's long-running soft fruit themed event
Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Fruit for the Future 2020: all-new and virtual format

In recognition of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Fruit for the Future – the James Hutton Institute’s long-running soft fruit-themed event – is going virtual for 2020, with updates about new research and varieties delivered through online videos over the course of a week, starting on Monday 24th August.

The finding will assist breeders in developing more resilient potato varieties
Monday, June 29, 2020

Fast-maturing, resilient potatoes in Hutton researchers’ sights

New research by James Hutton Institute plant scientists has found that a specific protein encoded by the potato genome is a key component of tuberisation – the process by which the potato plant initiates and develops tubers. The finding is relevant as it provides a key route to increasing productivity of a crop that is consumed globally.

Extracts from UK brown seaweeds have been shown to have antiviral properties
Friday, June 26, 2020

Innovative research to investigate antiviral properties of seaweeds

Natural extracts from brown seaweeds native to the UK have been shown to have antiviral properties that could help stop the spread of viral diseases. Researchers at the James Hutton Institute and AIM-listed partners Byotrol plc have been awarded funding to investigate chemical components from brown seaweeds and identify a way to extract them.

IPM strategies reduce the environmental impact of agriculture
Friday, June 26, 2020

Hutton to participate in European research on integrated pest management

Agricultural scientists of the James Hutton Institute have been awarded £220,000 by Horizon 2020, the European Union’s research and innovation programme, to find ways to promote the adoption of integrated pest management strategies among an EU-wide network of farmers, and help achieve enhanced profitability with low reliance on pesticides.

Arable Scotland 2020 is taking place online
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Online Arable Scotland 2020: expertise and knowledge for the arable industry

Arable Scotland 2020, Scotland's newest field event focussing on arable crops, is taking place online on 2nd July 10:00 am and will major on alternative crops and new markets. Registration for the free event is open at

Wastewater analysis may help monitor the spread of coronavirus in Scotland
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Wastewater testing trial examines potential to monitor spread of COVID-19

Research funded by Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters, a partnership between the James Hutton Institute and Scottish universities, is examining the potential of wastewater testing to help monitor the spread of coronavirus in Scotland.

Dr Tony Craig, head of our SEGS department and IAPS president
Monday, June 22, 2020

IAPS virtual conference looks to more sustainable societies

The International Association for People-environment Studies (IAPS), currently presided by Dr Tony Craig, head of our Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences department, begins its conference today. The conference theme is “Running out of time: setting the pace for future generations”.

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