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Cheers to great barley science on International Beer Day

Today marks International Beer Day, a global celebration of beer, taking place in pubs, breweries, and backyards all over the world. Behind great tasting beer is great science, like the barley research taking place at the James Hutton Institute and the International Barley Hub.

International partnership on the co-benefits of blue carbon restoration

An international partnership of blue carbon experts from the James Hutton Institute, the University of St Andrews, the Norwegian Geological Survey, and University College Dublin has been awarded funding under the Blue Carbon International Policy Challenge (BCIPC) to explore opportunities for maximising the co-benefits of blue carbon restoration projects in Scotland.

A dam fine dram: researchers team up with The Glenlivet to protect whisky production

Researchers from the James Hutton Institute and the University of Aberdeen have worked with The Glenlivet distillery to introduce environmentally sustainable solutions at Chivas Brothers’ Speyside distillery to address water scarcity and protect whisky production.

Among the nature-based measures are small dams in the landscape supplying the distillery, designed to capture water during wet periods and to make this available when water is scarce.

Changes and growth of the Hydro Nation International Centre and Scotland's Centre of Expertise for Waters

The James Hutton Institute has announced the retirement of Professor Bob Ferrier following 37 years of service. Professor Ferrier contributed widely across Institute activities as a respected member of the Executive team and Director of the Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) based at the Hydro Nation International Centre. He held an Honorary Chair in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Dundee, Scotland, and is a member of the Scottish Science Advisory Council.

Potatoes in Practice: the UK’s largest potato field event returns to Balruddery Farm

Potatoes in Practice (PiP), the UK’s largest field event for potatoes, is set to return to Balruddery Farm in Angus on Thursday 11th August 2022 with a focus on new research and current challenges.

Hutton to discuss soil research, climate change and food security at World Congress of Soil Science

The James Hutton Institute, world leaders in soil science, will be showcasing a number of soil research initiatives at the 22nd World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS) which is taking place in Glasgow from 31 July - 5 August, this year the theme is, ‘Soil science – crossing boundaries, changing society’.

How did legumes and nitrogen-fixing bacteria learn to work together?

Imagine crops that can be used to help secure enough food for a growing global population while benefiting the environment. Well, there are such crops: legumes.

Legume plants, like pea, broad bean, soya bean, clover and cowpea, can team up with soil bacteria called ‘rhizobia’ to convert, or ‘fix’, the nitrogen present in air and use it – meaning they do not need fertilisers, unlike most crops. Given how useful this is, why have legumes got this superpower when most other plants do not?

Fungi new to the UK discovered in the Cairngorms

Two species of fungi new to the UK have been discovered in Scotland’s Cairngorm mountains by a team of volunteers working with the James Hutton Institute and Plantlife, the international wild plant conservation charity.

Amanita groenlandica is an arctic species originally described from Greenland and circumpolar in its distribution, with Scandinavia its previously recorded most southerly location. Acrodontium antarcticum is a fungus originally described from Antarctica.

Latest developments in berry research on show at Fruit for the Future 2022

The 2022 edition of Fruit for the Future, the annual showcase of soft fruit research presented by the James Hutton Institute and the Scottish Society for Crop Research (SSCR), is taking place on Thursday 21st July at the Institute's Dundee site.

Success at Royal Highland Show 2022 for Hutton science

After a two-year enforced hiatus, the James Hutton Institute’s return to the Royal Highland Show was a success: a steady stream of visitors visited the marquee including farmers, research partners and families, as well as a significant number of UK and Scottish politicians and elected representatives.

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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.