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Now available: February 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.

Read in our February 2021 issue:

Call for calf rearers to join research workshop

Researchers at the James Hutton Institute are looking for dairy calf rearers to join a workshop as part of an EU-funded research project. The workshop is one of three events aiming to identify challenges calf rearers face and solutions within the dairy industry to help improve animal health, and make calf rearers’ lives easier.

Dr Orla Shortall, a social scientist at the Institute, said: “Calf rearing can be a lonely job on the farm, with little chance to share experiences and learn from other calf rearers.

New appointments to boost flagship innovation initiatives

The James Hutton Institute has announced the appointment of directors for three flagship research and innovation initiatives: the International Barley Hub (IBH) and the Advanced Plant Growth Centre (APGC), both based in Dundee, and the International Land Use Study Centre (ILUSC) in Aberdeen.

Celebrating our Women in Science

To mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the James Hutton Institute is highlighting its ‘Women in Science’ booklet, which spotlights the roles of 21 of its 204 female scientists. The collection illustrates some of the vast array of interesting, rewarding and appealing types of work, areas of research and careers that science and social sciences can offer.

World Pulses Day: Home-growing plant protein is good sense

By Pete Iannetta and Alison Karley, Ecological Sciences, James Hutton Institute

The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched the UK’s systems of food supply, raising further questions about the adaptability of global food systems in a crisis - in addition to those persistent issues of environmental degradation, biodiversity losses, and the numbers of citizens suffering food and nutrition scarcity.

Hutton expertise contributes to parliamentary discussion on Scotland’s plans to address climate change

Scotland's Climate Change Plan update was published on 16 December 2020 and is currently undergoing scrutiny from parliamentary committees. The update includes new targets for Scotland’s agriculture and forestry sectors and suggestions on how best Scotland can support a green recovery from COVID-19. As part of the process, the James Hutton Institute's Deputy Chief Executive, Professor Deb Roberts, gave evidence on behalf of SEFARI to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee.

‘Perfect storm’ of COVID-19, climate change, biodiversity loss and Brexit affecting UK food security

The COVID-19 pandemic, already a major shock to society in terms of health and economy, is affecting both UK and global food and nutrition security and adding to a ‘perfect storm’ of threats to society from climate change, biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation at a time of considerable change further compounded by Brexit, according to the first report of a major research effort into the state of UK food security.

Professor Lorna Dawson wins Corporate INTL Soil Forensic Expert Witness of the Year award

Professor Lorna Dawson, Head of Soil Forensics at the James Hutton Institute, has been recognised as Soil Forensic Expert Witness of the Year in the Corporate INTL 2021 Global Awards. 

The awards are the result of an extensive review, drawing insight from business leaders throughout the world and featuring tens of thousands of nomination forms sent in by readers of the magazine. After the shortlist stage, a panel of judges formed by leading individuals from Corporate INTL’s subscriber base from each continent determined the award winners.

Growing Beyond Monoculture: final episode in DIVERSify web series goes live

As part of the EU Horizon 2020 research project DIVERSify, researchers of the James Hutton Institute and partner institutions have been working on investigating the viability of species mixture cropping as an alternative to crop monoculture. 


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