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Hutton expert contributes to new guidance for assessment of natural capital risk

Professor Alison Hester, a senior research scientist within our Ecological Sciences group, has contributed to the development of new guidance by the Natural Capital Finance Alliance (NCFA), aimed at helping financial institutions conduct rapid assessments of natural capital risk.

Already piloted by banks in Colombia, South Africa and Peru, the guide promotes the use of the recently launched Exploring Natural Capital Opportunities, Risks and Exposure (ENCORE) tool, which enables financial institutions to understand and assess their exposure to natural capital risks.

Now available: February 2019 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 February 2019 issue:

Crop science at heart of new Scotland-Malaysia research collaboration

The James Hutton Institute and the Malaysia-based Crops for the Future Research Centre (CFFRC) have agreed to cooperate on aspects of global agricultural sustainability, food security and nutrition, with emphasis on underutilised and novel crops as well as the diversification of land use.

Feed the world, help the environment and make great beer: Cool Beans can do it all

Imagine a crop that can be used to help secure sufficient food for a growing global population, benefit the environment and brew fantastic beer. There is one – several in fact: pulses. The James Hutton Institute has joined forces with Barney’s Beer in Edinburgh and Abertay University in Dundee - through joint PhD student Kirsty Black - to create the new 'Cool Beans' Faba Bean IPA.

Get digging! Best Soil in Show 2019 now open for entries

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National Lottery funding boost for Cumbernauld environmental research

Creating Natural Connections, a partnership including the James Hutton Institute which seeks to deliver significant improvements to Cumbernauld’s environment over the next four years by building on the success of Cumbernauld Living Landscape project, has received a transformational grant of £1.3m from the National Heritage Lottery Fund to create a long-term change in the way the town’s people connect with nature.  

Scottish specialists team up to unlock water industry innovation

Water specialists from the James Hutton Institute and Scottish Water are at the forefront of the Water Test Network, an international drive to unlock innovation potential in the global water industry, which also involves experts in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and France.

Fourteen locations across North West Europe form the network of operational-scale facilities which allow innovative new technology to be brought to market-ready status quicker for the benefit of water users and consumers.

New study examines impact of ecosystem management policies on monitoring and evaluation programmes

Monitoring and evaluation are key elements in the adaptive management of our ecosystems, the process of learning from new experiences and insights to improve how we manage the environment. A research consortium led by the James Hutton Institute has assessed the impact of ecosystem management policies across Europe on monitoring and evaluation programmes, finding that further development is needed to enable adaptive management.

Innovative genetic technique to help achieve better barley

On Burns Night, let’s raise a dram to better barley: scientists based at the International Barley Hub in Dundee have developed a genotyping array that allows the detailed genetic characterisation of any individual barley variety. The array reveals diagnostic variation at almost 50,000 unique positions across the barley genome in a single test, almost ten times more than current technology.

Hutton chemical analysis contributes to study of pollutants in sheep livers

Researchers based at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen have contributed to a study which has found that pollutants cause ‘worrying’ changes in sheep livers.


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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.