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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.

Beltie Burn wetlands
Thursday, November 18, 2021

Dee Catchment Partnership scoops Nature of Scotland climate action award

The partnership in charge of looking after the river Dee catchment in northeast Scotland has won a Nature of Scotland Award in the Climate Action category for the group’s recent efforts in restoring the Easter Beltie burn near Torphins.

Winners of the Institute's 2021 PhD event
Friday, November 12, 2021

New PhD studentship opportunities announced - apply now

New opportunities for PhD projects from the James Hutton Institute's annual competitive joint studentship and EASTBIO DTP 3 programme are now being advertised on Closing date: 7th January 2022.

Book cover of "Water Security under Climate Change"
Friday, November 12, 2021

Scotland supports a new vision for water at COP26

Global water security is under increasing threat through the impacts of climate change, generating increased societal, environmental, and economic risk for communities. A new book launched for COP26, “Water Security Under Climate Change”, explores how different countries are attempting to tackle water security challenges.

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