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Johanna and Hechizo: a successful barley science placement

Undergraduate student Johanna Maria Würtz, who undertook a 1,150-mile hike alongside her Shetland pony Hechizo to take on a barley science placement at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee, has completed her work in Scotland and plans to continue researching sustainable solutions for future agriculture and plant breeding.

Hutton laptops donated to Aberdeen Cyrenians

The James Hutton Institute have donated several laptops and desktop computers to an Aberdeen based charity with the aim of supporting the local community. The Aberdeen Cyrenians have spent over 50 years providing care services and a range of support to vulnerable people in the area.

Scientists discover world-first cocktail for a longer life

An international team of scientists including Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS) has discovered the perfect cocktail of physical activity that could help live a healthier, longer life.

‘Forest gardens’ provide insight into sustainability of Guadeloupe’s agrobiodiversity

The historical ‘forest gardens’ of Guadeloupe, an overseas region of France, have provided the inspiration for a research group studying the feasibility of small-scale production systems in the area. The region is one of the world’s ‘hotspots’ for biodiversity; unfortunately, this biodiversity is now under significant pressure.

€10m European funding success for wildfire management project

A new research project involving 39 partners from 19 countries and including James Hutton Institute scientists has received €10 million from the European Union. The Horizon 2020 funded project FireEUrisk, launching this month, aims to shift conventional thinking and develop a science-based strategy to manage major forest fires across Europe.

River partnership shortlisted for environment award

The partnership tasked with looking after the river Dee catchment in north east Scotland is a finalist in the Inspiring Aberdeenshire Awards. Shortlisted for the Beautiful Aberdeenshire Environmental Award, the Dee Catchment Partnership’s recent Easter Beltie burn restoration project near Torphins was recognised for ‘helping to nurture and enhance the region’s natural beauty though environmental initiatives.’

Come and experience the Power of Plants at the Dundee Botanic Garden

The public are invited to discover the wonderful world of plants and the people who work with them at an upcoming event at the University of Dundee Botanic Garden, co-organised by scientists at the James Hutton Institute.

‘Plant Power’ is an annual event that showcases the fascinating plants at the Garden and highlights exciting plant science work being done in Dundee.

ISRR Lecture and root-rhizosphere workshop shines light into the dark world of roots and soil

After two postponements due to COVID-19, the long awaited 2020 ISRR Dundee Root Medal and Root-Rhizosphere Interactions Workshop took place on the 5th May 2021. This is an annual event for scientists interested in root research and the plant/soil interface.

Hosted by the James Hutton Institute, the meeting was virtual for the first time and this format opened up the event to a larger, international, audience of 170 interested registrants, including scientists from 16 countries from the USA, China, Australia and across Europe.

‘Smart’ legume decisions raise hopes for more sustainable agriculture

Legume plants can make ‘smart’ management decisions when it comes to interacting with their symbiotic bacterial partners to harness nitrogen from the atmosphere, a research team including a James Hutton Institute scientist has shown, offering insight into how a better understanding of these ‘smart’ interactions could help advance sustainable agriculture.

Sir Paul Grice appointed to James Hutton Institute Board

The James Hutton Institute has announced the appointment of Sir Paul Grice, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen Margaret University, to its Board of Directors as a non-executive director.

Sir Paul held the position of Clerk and Chief Executive of the Scottish Parliament from its inception in 1999 to 2019, leading the delivery of all services to the Parliament alongside acting as its principal adviser on procedural and constitutional matters.


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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.