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Saving Scotland’s soft fruit with science
Monday, February 26, 2024

Saving Scotland’s soft fruit with science

The closure of one of Perthshire’s best-known berry growers was a devastating blow to the soft fruit industry in Scotland last week. Leadketty Farm has been home to the Corrigall family for 80 years and employed more than 100 people each summer during berry picking season.

Aberdeenshire community to help shape new nature schemes
Friday, February 23, 2024

Aberdeenshire community to help shape new nature schemes

Researchers at The James Hutton Institute are working with a community-owned woodland in Aberdeenshire to explore how people can take a greater role in deciding how solutions to the climate and biodiversity crises are used in their local environments.

The study initially focused on the River Dee, pictured, and River Ugie
Friday, February 09, 2024

First Scotland-wide drugs and microplastics test of rivers launched

Environmental scientists at The James Hutton Institute have launched the first nation-wide drug and microplastics test on Scotland’s rivers to help shed light on the increasing mix of pharmaceuticals, chemicals and plastics entering our waters.

Professor Deb Roberts
Thursday, February 01, 2024

Hutton’s director of science becomes Land Commissioner

The James Hutton Institute’s Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Science Professor Deb Roberts has been appointed to the board of the Scottish Land Commission (SLC).

Dr Alison Lees
Thursday, February 01, 2024

Dr Alison Lees appointed as the Head of Department for Cell & Molecular Sciences

The James Hutton Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Alison Lees as Head of Department for Cell & Molecular Sciences.

Viktoria Müller, the researcher at The James Hutton institute
Thursday, January 25, 2024

PFAS “forever chemicals” being spread on world’s ski slopes

Skiers keen for slick runs are leaving toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” behind on ski slopes, research by The James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen and the University of Graz in Austria has revealed.

SCanDI - Professor Lorna Dawson
Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Identifying criminals from a single cell

New advances in single cell DNA profiling, which could make it possible to identify individuals from even the smallest traces, may be used in an innovative criminal justice project.

Hutton co-leads major research investment into national land use transformation
Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Hutton co-leads major research investment into national land use transformation

The James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen is to co-lead a first of its kind consortium of 34 leading research and stakeholder organisations set up to help all four UK administrations address land use and agriculture as a major greenhouse gas emitting sector.

Now available: December 2023 issue of Hutton Highlights
Friday, December 22, 2023

Now available: December 2023 issue of Hutton Highlights

The latest issue of Hutton Highlights, our e-magazine showing how Hutton science is driving the sustainable use of land and natural resources, is now available from our Hutton Highlights pages.

Dr Mike Rivington
Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Scotland’s climate changing faster than predicted

Scotland’s climate is changing faster than scientists predicted, with increasing likelihood of more frequent and more extreme weather events, according to new analysis by The James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen.

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