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Germinate Hub
Friday, October 09, 2020

Germinate platform recognised as a global Hub for plant genetic research

A bioinformatics platform developed at the James Hutton Institute which allows users to import, visualize, explore and share project data for plant genetic resources has been recognised by being named a global ‘Hub Pilot’ by the DivSeek International Network Inc. (DivSeek International).

Alexander Giles (top) and Prof Lesley Torrance signed the new MoU
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Hutton and Liberty Produce to transform modern agriculture through collaborative research and tech development

The James Hutton Institute and farming technology company Liberty Produce have been awarded UKRI funding to address the challenges of climate change and the food production yield-gap through an ambitious new project, which seeks to develop technologies to utilise captured carbon to boost yields of hydroponic crops.

FoodLAND includes 28 partners, 18 of which are in Africa
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

FoodLAND: boosting the nutrition performance of local food systems in Africa

A €7m research project involving African and European partners and featuring James Hutton Institute social scientists undertakes to boost the nutrition performance of local food systems in Africa. The FoodLAND initiative aims to develop a range of innovations for local agriculture and aquaculture development in six African countries.

Glensaugh is located in the Scottish uplands
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Pioneering natural capital approach to land use management in the Scottish uplands

A pioneering analysis by James Hutton Institute social scientists explores the potential and value of applying a ‘natural capital’ approach to the land-based business of the Institute’s Glensaugh farm, where the aim is to demonstrate climate-positive farming.

Walker in Quinag, Assynt (c) James Hutton Institute
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

New method to help project demographic changes in Scotland’s sparsely populated areas

Social scientists at the James Hutton Institute have developed a novel method to estimate future demographic change in Scotland’s sparsely populated areas, by considering geographical differences in employment structures and regional economic linkages, among other factors, to produce estimates of future labour migration in different regions.

Potatoes in a field next to the FindOUT app logo
Monday, September 28, 2020

Innovative use of machine learning to forecast crop disease risk

FindOUT, a new application developed by James Hutton Institute bioinformatician Dr Peter Skelsey, employs – for the first time – machine-learning ‘anomaly detection algorithms’ to forecast the risk of crop disease, greatly increasing the accuracy of forecasts.

Map of Europe's mountains (Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay)
Thursday, September 24, 2020

MOVING: spotlight on value chains of mountains in Europe and beyond

A new €6m research project coordinated by the University of Córdoba (Spain) and featuring James Hutton Institute social scientists is looking at ways to promote the establishment of new or upgraded/upscaled value chains that contribute to resilience and sustainability of mountain areas.

Purified fluorescently labelled diagnostic proteins under UV light
Friday, September 18, 2020

Interdisciplinary collaboration leads to new early sheep scab test

A new diagnostic technique has been developed by Scottish scientists to help in the early detection of sheep scab, marking a significant development towards improved monitoring and control of the parasite. This was made possible through an exciting interdisciplinary collaboration looking at new methods of protein expression and production.

Johanna and her pony Hechizo
Friday, September 18, 2020

From Spain to Scotland to conduct barley science: Johanna and Hechizo’s agricultural pilgrimage

Agricultural student Johanna Maria Würtz and her Shetland pony Hechizo have completed a 1000-mile hike to join us in Dundee for a six-month Erasmus placement to undertake barley science.

The Hutton digital soil maps of Scotland now include the Orkney islands
Friday, September 18, 2020

Digital soil maps of Scotland now expanded to include Orkney

As part of wide-ranging efforts to provide Scotland’s land managers, agencies and the public with open access resources, the James Hutton Institute has progressively been digitising the published one inch to the mile (1:63,360) and 1:50,000 Soil Survey of Scotland maps, which now cover the Orkney Islands and land south-east of Inverness.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.