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Scotland from the air: learn about our veggies on Open Farm Sunday

A large outdoors model of Scotland, showing where our vegetables are typically grown, will be unveiled at the James Hutton Institute's Living Field in Invergowrie on Open Farm Sunday 2019, 9 June, 11 am to 4 pm.

The map was created by Institute researchers to highlight the diversity of Scotland’s vegetable and fruit production and help people understand where these crops are grown, where our food comes from, how much is grown locally and whether we can grow more of our food within Scotland’s borders.

James Hutton Institute outlines plans for open science campuses

Ambitious plans for the establishment of two open science campuses at the James Hutton Institute’s sites in Dundee and Aberdeen were outlined by the Institute’s Chief Executive, Professor Colin Campbell, at the Scottish Society for Crop Research (SSCR) AGM and Annual Lecture 2019.

The next two years will bring significative milestones for the continued partnership of SSCR and the Institute, with SSCR marking its 100th anniversary in 2020 and the Institute turning 10 in 2021.

World Environment Day: let’s protect our forests and #BeatAirPollution

Did you know 92 per cent of people worldwide do not breathe clean air, and that air pollution costs the global economy US$5 trillion every year in welfare costs? Also, are you familiar with the impact of ground-level ozone pollution on staple crop yields? These facts, and many others, are at the heart of discussions during World Environment Day 2019, which is being marked today by communities and organisations across the globe.

Hutton researcher first woman to take on Royal Entomological Society honorary role

Dr Jenni Stockan, a research scientist within the James Hutton Institute’s Ecological Sciences group, has been distinguished by the Royal Entomological Society as the first woman to take the role of Honorary Secretary in the society’s 186-year history.

The Royal Entomological Society was founded in 1833 as the Royal Entomological Society of London and is devoted to the promotion and development of entomological science. Its stated aims include promoting excellence in entomology and demonstrating the importance of studying insects to everyone.

James Hutton: Scotland’s forgotten genius

Two hundred and ninety-three years ago today, one of the most influential Scots ever was born: a man whose influence on our understanding of the earth was revolutionary at the time and has unlocked vast areas of related knowledge since then. He successfully challenged the then-accepted idea that the Earth was only thousands of years old. And yet his name is barely known in his homeland, despite his worldwide impact and reputation elsewhere.

Hutton expertise contributes to proposed climate change Scottish legislation

Ways to achieve the ambitious greenhouse emission targets, as described in the proposed Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill, were at the centre of discussions during a session of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee of the Scottish Parliament, to which experts of the James Hutton Institute and other stakeholders gave evidence.

Research to focus on ‘green shoots’ of population turnaround in Scottish islands

The Scottish islands are often regarded as places where population is in decline, with younger islanders leaving for education and employment and older people moving in to retire. However, recent anecdotal evidence suggests that, on some islands at least, the tide may be turning, with young people increasingly choosing to stay, return or relocate to island homes.

Hutton scientists contribute evidence to parliamentary investigation into UK forensic science

Scientists of the James Hutton Institute have provided evidence for an investigation conducted by the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee into the quality and reliability of forensic science within the UK legal system, as part of a hard-hitting report entitled Forensic Science and the Criminal Justice System: A Blueprint for Change.

Hutton board member set to tour Scotland on a tractor to mark RHET’s 20th anniversary

Hutton board member George Lawrie is embarking on a tractor tour across Scotland to mark a major milestone for The Royal Highland Education Trust: 20 years 'taking the classroom to the countryside' and raising the awareness of children about where their food comes from.

The tour will see George visit 12 schools across Scotland the week before the Royal Highland Show, starting off from the showground on the 12th of June and finishing back at the showground on the 19th of June. 

Plant health experts gather to strengthen Scotland’s resilience

An online, user-friendly plant health information resource will be launched at Scotland's first-ever Plant Health Conference, which is set to gather representatives from industry, public bodies, government and scientists, all around the common theme of how best to preserve Scotland's plant-based industries.


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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.