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International Barley Hub Field Centre opened in Invergowrie

The International Barley Hub Field Centre at the James Hutton Institute was officially opened today (2 December) by UK Government Minister for Scotland, Malcolm Offord.

The £62 million International Barley Hub, comprised of several developments including the Field Centre, has been funded through the Tay Cities Deal Partnership and marks a major milestone in establishing Scotland as a leader in global food security and crop resilience.

ATLAS: The Art of Mapping

The James Hutton Institute welcomed a sold-out audience to its Craigiebuckler campus last night, for an event with author and artist Andrew Redmond Barr.

Andrew’s book, The Atlas of Scotland, showcases Scotland’s history through his hand drawn maps, and includes the local histories of various towns and cities.

Institute’s enlightenment ideas help feed the future

This article by Magnus Linklater originally appeared in The Times on 28th November and is reproduced with their kind permission.

In a cluster of sheds on the outskirts of Dundee they are exploring the future of farming. There are four aluminium towers, with layer upon layer of open trays, each beneath a ceiling of LED lights shining down on rows of seedlings, young plants, and rapidly growing saplings.

2022 ISRR Medal Lecture on Root Research

This years’ ISRR (International Society of Root Research) Dundee root medal and workshop took place on 9th November, on the theme of “Understanding the root, soil, microbe nexus, what really controls root distribution in soils”.

Scottish crops could hold key to healing with honey

This article first appeared in Farming Scotland magazine

The healing effects of Manuka honey are well established and widely recognised. The NHS even recommends Manuka Medihoney as an effective treatment for wounds and burns.

The First Step towards Sustainable Medicine Prescribing in Scotland

Researchers from the James Hutton Institute will form a partnership with a project team aiming to develop a framework for an eco-directed formulary that will incorporate environmental data on medicines into the prescribing process, alongside clinical and cost effectiveness. The team which includes NHS Highland, UHI North Highland’s Environmental Research Institute (ERI), and the University of Nottingham has recently been awarded a £100,000 Medical Research Council.

Major new awards seek innovative solutions to restore Europe’s rivers, lakes and wetlands

MERLIN, a project committed to transformative ecosystem restoration through Nature-based Solutions, co-led by the James Hutton Institute, is offering companies a unique opportunity to showcase their cutting-edge work to develop products and services which will help protect and restore freshwater ecosystems.

£609K awarded to explore Native Scots Pine trees vulnerability to disease

The UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council has awarded £609K to a collaborative partnership led by the James Hutton Institute to understand how a tree’s microbiomes (the bacteria, fungi and viruses that exist in/on the tree) affects its vulnerability to disease.

Storm damaged trees boost nature recovery at restored Aberdeenshire watercourse

This release was issued by the Dee Catchment Partnership:

Seeds for survival: How humble tatties from the Institute will contribute to global food security

This article first appeared in The Courier on the 31st October 2022

Nestled into the hillside in the stunningly desolate Svalbard region of Norway, the entrance to the global seed bank looks like part of the set of an epic disaster movie.

Picture a dishevelled Liam Neeson rolling in under a rapidly-closing door as the surrounding area is destroyed by a volcano/meteor/huge storm and you’ve got the idea.

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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.