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James Hutton Institute wins VIBES climate change award

The James Hutton Institute has won a VIBES – Scottish Environment Business award in the Adaptation to Climate Change category, on account of the work of Hutton researchers in farm innovations to protect the environment, renewable energy projects and the International Barley Hub's efforts to ensure the long-term sustainability of barley supplies in a changing climate.

Professor Lorna Dawson and Mrs Anne Pack honoured at investiture ceremonies

Professor Lorna Dawson, lead soil forensic scientist at the James Hutton Institute, advisor to the Scottish Government on strategic research and SEFARI Gateway lead for the environment, has received her CBE honour from HRH Queen Elizabeth II during an investiture ceremony held at Buckingham Palace.

First announced in the Birthday Honours list, Professor Dawson’s CBE was bestowed for services to soil and forensic science, covering three decades of managing and conducting research in soil and in particular its application within the criminal justice system.

Buntata mobile app profiled in first issue of Global Potato News

Hutton Android app Buntata has been featured in the first issue of Global Potato News, a newly launched international business-to-business magazine serving the entire potato industry from farm to fork.

Originally unveiled in 2017 and named after the Gaelic word for potato, Buntata allows for easy identification of potato pests and diseases and suggests further resources for growers to consult if they want to confirm the diagnosis.

Hutton research contributes to parliamentary report on agriculture trends

Researchers from the James Hutton Institute have contributed to a briefing produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) which outlines key drivers of global agricultural trends and the challenge of safeguarding both food production and environmental value in a changing world.

Professor Derek Stewart, Hutton agrifood sector lead and a contributor to the report, said: “These briefings are essential to keep the UK Parliament informed on topics central to our way of life. 

Researchers shine a light into the mechanisms of potato late blight infection

Scientists at the James Hutton Institute, in collaboration with colleagues of the University of Dundee, Huazhong Agricultural University, Heilongjiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences (both China) and Wageningen University (Netherlands), have shed further light into the mechanisms through which the potato blight pathogen interacts with plant cells to promote disease.

Soil erosion and compaction in Scotland: adapting to a changing climate

A new report by James Hutton Institute scientists has found that climate change, along with variations in machinery and farming practices, is likely to increase the susceptibility of Scottish soils to erosion or damage by compaction.

The publication, produced for ClimateXChange, the Scottish centre of expertise connecting climate change research and policy, describes sustainable soil management as a particular challenge as Scotland adapts to a climate change.

New PhD studentship opportunities announced

New opportunities for PhD projects at the James Hutton Institute are now being advertised on FindAPhD.com. PhD projects are being offered by all five of our Science Groups covering many aspects of our work. All projects are funded jointly between the Institute and participating universities.

Creation of soil X-ray signatures contribute to vision of “digital mineralogy”

A new research study aims to demonstrate how the combination of digital X-ray signatures with data-driven approaches can replace the time-consuming elements of expert led mineral identification and allow for new insights into the role of soil minerals in the environment.

Five NFU presidents to judge NEWBIE award for innovative new entrants

National Farmers Union presidents from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have agreed to judge a new award for 'New Entrant Farm Business of the Year'. Minette Batters (NFU), Andrew McCornick (NFUS), Glyn Roberts (FUW), John Davies (NFU Cymru) and Ivor Ferguson (UFU) will meet to decide the winner in January 2019. 

Buntata Web: easy identification of potato pests and diseases on any device

The James Hutton Institute's Information and Computational Sciences group have announced a web version of Buntata, the free mobile application launched last year to help potato growers identify plant pests and diseases in the field.

Following on from the success of the mobile app, which has quickly become the Institute's most popular application on the Android platform, the ICS team have taken it a step further and made Buntata available via a website that can be accessed from any device running a recent version of a web browser.


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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.