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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.

World Food Day: grow, nourish, sustain together… our actions are our future

In the last 75 years, the world has made great progress in the fight against poverty, hunger, and malnutrition. Agricultural productivity and food systems have come a long way, but still, too many people remain vulnerable. On World Food Day 2020, we must remember that more than 2 billion people do not have regular access to enough safe, nutritious food.

Now available: October 2020 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 October 2020 issue:

Preserving UK soil microbial biodiversity for sustainable agriculture

Scientists from the UK’s foremost agricultural research organisations, including the James Hutton Institute, have teamed up to create a new UK Crop Microbiome Cryobank (UK-CMCB) to safeguard future research and facilitate the sustainable yield improvement of the UK’s six major food crops including barley, oats, oilseed rape, potato, sugar beet and wheat.

Germinate platform recognised as a global Hub for plant genetic research

A bioinformatics platform developed at the James Hutton Institute which allows users to import, visualize, explore and share project data for plant genetic resources has been recognised by being named a global ‘Hub Pilot’ by the DivSeek International Network Inc. (DivSeek International).

Hutton and Liberty Produce to transform modern agriculture through collaborative research and tech development

The James Hutton Institute and farming technology company Liberty Produce have been awarded UKRI funding to address the challenges of climate change and the food production yield-gap through an ambitious new project, which seeks to develop technologies to utilise captured carbon to boost yields of hydroponic crops. It builds on the growing collaboration between the Institute and Liberty, formalised in a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding.

Pioneering natural capital approach to land use management in the Scottish uplands

A pioneering analysis by James Hutton Institute social scientists explores the potential and value of applying a ‘natural capital’ approach to the land-based business of the Institute’s Glensaugh farm, where the aim is to demonstrate climate-positive farming.


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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.