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New UK-Europe partnership to exploit barley resources and speed up breeding

International Barley Hub scientists have been awarded a prestigious International Partnership award from BBSRC to strengthen the link between world leading research teams in the UK and Europe. The aim of the grant is to create new working relationships and opportunities among emerging early/mid-career barley scientists at the James Hutton Institute, the University of Dundee and IPK (Germany) to exploit barley resources and accelerate barley breeding. 

Berry latest research on show at Fruit for the Future 2021

Join scientists at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee on Thursday 15th July for the 2021 edition of Fruit for the Future, the annual showcase of soft fruit research including scientific presentations, outdoors demonstrations and walks through experimental plots, presented by the Institute and the Scottish Society for Crop Research.

Arable Scotland 2021: spotlight on markets, IPM, sustainability and net-zero

Arable Scotland, the premier event for the Scottish arable industry, returns on 29th June 2021. Now in its third year, the event brings together the key players in food production, academia and farming to discuss key issues and provide a wealth of information to support the arable farming industry.

New Tayside partnership announced as one of seven Climate Beacons for COP26

The James Hutton Institute is delighted to support one of seven Climate Beacons that are taking shape across Scotland in the run-up to and beyond the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference that’s happening in Glasgow this November.

James Hutton, Scotland’s forgotten genius

Two hundred and ninety-five years ago, one of the most influential Scots ever was born: a man whose influence on our understanding of the earth was revolutionary at the time and has unlocked vast areas of related knowledge since then. He successfully challenged the then-accepted idea that the Earth was only thousands of years old. And yet his name is barely known in his homeland, despite his worldwide impact and reputation elsewhere.

Now available: June 2021 issue of Hutton Highlights

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

Our June 2021 issue, published on what would have been James Hutton's 295th birthday, includes:

New appointment to James Hutton Institute board of directors: Prof Chris Gilligan

The James Hutton Institute has announced the appointment of Professor Chris Gilligan to its Board of Directors, effective from the 1st of June. Professor Gilligan is Head of Epidemiology and Modelling Group in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Gilligan's current research is focused on establishing and testing a theoretical framework that identifies the mechanisms that control invasion, persistence, scaling and variability of epidemics within changing agricultural and natural landscapes.

How soil on boots helped trace a killer to a crime scene

The critical role soil can play in forensic investigations has again been highlighted by the involvement of the James Hutton Institute's soil forensics team in a high-profile case, this time the inquiry by Police Scotland into the disappearance and murder of Emma Faulds, whose remains were found in Glentrool Forest, Dumfries and Galloway, in June 2019.

Partnership award to advance cereal science

Plant scientists at the James Hutton Institute and the University of Dundee have won funding to establish a partnership with world-class researchers in Australia. This will allow the leading research organisations to pool their expertise towards advances in cereal science, specifically in barley developmental genetics and transcriptomics.


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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.