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Winter flooding can help build resilience of groundwater aquifers for crop production

A new hydrological study co-authored by James Hutton Institute PhD student Camilla Negri and colleagues based in Italy has shown that winter flooding, the application of water onto agricultural lands to recharge groundwater aquifers during wintertime, can promote the resilience of aquifers used for rice production.

Environmentally friendly PPE in Scots researchers’ sights

The global use of personal protection equipment (PPE) has skyrocketed due to COVID-19, propelling the industry to revenues of more than £8bn in the UK alone, and although a coronavirus vaccine now seems closer, PPE is likely to remain a part of our everyday lives. However, most PPE materials are single use, contain plastics, are not easily recyclable and end up in our landfills, or worse yet, discarded into the environment.

New research on grouse moors and gamekeepers

Moorland management in Scotland has come under the spotlight in a series of reports assessing the socio-economic and biodiversity impacts of driven grouse moors and the employment rights of gamekeepers.

UK Expert Committee on Forest Science appointment for Prof Maria Nijnik

Professor Maria Nijnik, a senior scientist at the James Hutton Institute’s Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences department, has been appointed a member of the UK Expert Committee on Forest Science.

The Committee was established by the Board of Forestry Commissioners to provide independent, expert advice and assurance on the quality of science and evidence provided by Forest Research and other providers. Its membership is made up of representatives of the forest scientific and stakeholder community and the Forestry Commission.

Views wanted on economic development and quality of life in Scotland’s islands

How is population decline affecting island communities? What opportunities are there for sustainable economic development on Scotland’s islands? These questions, and many others, are at the heart of research being carried out by social scientists at the James Hutton Institute, and for which views from the islands are being actively sought.

The search is on for the UK's best NEWBIE entrant farmers

Are you the UK's best NEWBIE farmer? The James Hutton Institute, as part of the EU-funded NEWBIE project (New Entrant netWork: Business models for Innovation, entrepreneurship and resilience in European agriculture) is calling for applications for the NEWBIE Award 2020, which highlights the work of pioneering new entrant farmers across the UK.

The NEWBIE project offers an award to new entrants in 8 European countries including the UK, as part of a suite of opportunities aiming to help new farmers, crofters and smallholders network and develop successful businesses.

Is the grass always greener? New entrant farmers from across Europe to exchange experiences

Supporting the next generation of new and young farmers is critical to the sustainability of agriculture in Scotland and across Europe, but how can we encourage young people to see farming as a future and worthwhile career?

This question will be at the centre of an exciting, international online event to be held on Monday 2nd November, co-hosted by the Scottish Farm Advisory Service and the EU-funded NEFERTITI research project, of which the James Hutton Institute is a partner.

New Chair of the James Hutton Institute Board of Directors announced

The James Hutton Institute has today announced the appointment of a new Chair for the Institute Board.

Scottish researchers identify COVID-19 RNA traces through wastewater monitoring

Research supported by Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) has successfully pinpointed fragments of coronavirus’ ribonucleic acid (RNA) in local waste water samples across the country.

Scientists at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) were among the first European agencies to begin this exploratory work back in May, with the backing of Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland (PHS), alongside Scottish Water, CREW and academic partners from the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute and Heriot Watt University.

Wanted: dairy farmers’ views on cow-with-calf production system

A social scientist based at the James Hutton Institute is seeking the views of dairy farmers interested in running a ‘cow with calf’ production system in the UK.

The system involves keeping calves with their mothers for the first months of life, while milking the cows for commercial purposes. It can have animal welfare benefits as well as responding to consumer demand for different types of dairy production.


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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.