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Dr Ingo Hein, based within the Institute's Dundee site
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Wild potato genes may be key to stronger spuds

Plant scientists at the James Hutton Institute and the University of Dundee have revealed that wild potato genes might hold the key to disease resistance in potato crops.

Peas (Pisum sativum) can be used to distil gin
Monday, July 22, 2019

Pea gin: how your choice of afternoon tipple could help save the rainforest

An international research team including the James Hutton Institute has collaborated with Arbikie Distillery to explore the use of peas instead of grains to produce environmentally-friendly spirits.

River Dee
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Funding boost for biodiversity restoration in the River Dee

Two projects aimed at restoring biodiversity in the River Dee catchment will receive more than £350,000 from a new national fund from Scottish Natural Heritage. The Aberdeenshire projects were selected alongside 12 others across Scotland to share £1.8 million in funding to help the county meet its international biodiversity commitments

Alfalfa seedlings inoculated with E. coli O157:H7 (c) James Hutton Institute
Friday, July 12, 2019

International congress of plant scientists focuses on solutions to crop pests and diseases

Issues related to crop pests and diseases, and their impact on world food security, will be at the centre of discussion during the International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (IS-MPMI) World Congress, set to be the largest ever gathering of plant scientists in Glasgow.

Professor Dieter Helm
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Professor Dieter Helm announced as speaker of 42nd TB Macaulay Lecture: Green and Prosperous Land

Leading economist Dieter Helm, Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford, has been announced as the speaker of the 42nd TB Macaulay Lecture, to be held on 2nd October 2019.

Scotland offers competitively priced, green, renewable energy
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

James Hutton Institute contributes to Biorefinery Roadmap for Scotland

The James Hutton Institute has contributed to a body of evidence compiled by the Scottish Industrial Biotechnology Development Group to demonstrate Scotland’s global competitiveness in biorefining and attracting inward investment.

Do cows belong in fields? Image by Keith Weller/USDA (
Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Spotlight on dairy production systems at Edinburgh Fringe show

Social scientist Dr Orla Shortall, based within our Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences group, will discuss public attitudes towards dairy farming in her show 'Do cows belong in fields?' as part of the Edinburgh Fringe festival.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Latest research on arable crops showcased at Arable Scotland

Scientists of the James Hutton Institute have discussed the latest research on arable crops as part of the launch of new event Arable Scotland, including renewed breeding efforts aimed at developing quality crops for defined markets, innovative crop management techniques and ways to create sustainable and healthy production systems.

More work is needed if Scotland is to achieve SDG targets
Monday, July 01, 2019

Is Scotland on target for 2030? More work needed to achieve sustainable development goals

An independent report focussing on Scotland’s progress against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has found that, despite some advances, the country is not on target to achieve a number of the goals and further action is therefore needed. The James Hutton Institute was asked to examine progress with regard to SDG 12.

Dr Ken Loades will chair an Arable Conversations session (c) James Hutton Inst
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Arable Conversations: a chance to speak your mind at Arable Scotland

Do you have any burning questions about key issues influencing Scotland’s arable industry? Come to Arable Scotland, the newly launched event focussing on the innovations that will drive the markets and the viability of Scottish arable production, and take part in the brand-new Arable Conversations.

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