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Hutton scientists welcome National Food Strategy report

Researchers at the James Hutton Institute have welcomed the publication of a report on the UK’s National Food Strategy, which calls on the UK Government to commit to a landmark package of reforms to build a better food system for a healthier nation. 

National Islands Plan survey paints mixed picture of life in Scottish islands

New social research conducted by the James Hutton Institute for the Scottish Government’s National Islands Plan paints a mixed picture of life in Scotland’s islands: while most respondents rate their local environment very highly and a majority indicate that they’re likely to remain in the islands for the next five years, challenges persist regarding housing, jobs, transport, fuel poverty, and speed and reliability of digital connections.

New research highlights farmer attitudes towards dairy production systems

New research on the attitudes of people working in the UK dairy sector has revealed that many dairy farmers believe cows should graze for part of the year. Findings of the ‘Cows eat grass, don’t they?’ study, funded by the British Academy and the Centre of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks (EPIC), shine a light on the perspectives of those working in the UK dairy industry, touching upon economic, animal welfare and mental health aspects.

Berry latest research on show at Fruit for the Future 2021

Join scientists at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee on Thursday 15th July for the 2021 edition of Fruit for the Future, the annual showcase of soft fruit research including scientific presentations, outdoors demonstrations and walks through experimental plots, presented by the Institute and the Scottish Society for Crop Research.

Forum Carpaticum discusses sustainability, wellbeing and social innovation in marginalised mountain areas

Scientists from all over the world have come together in the 6th Forum Carpaticum to present their research and discuss the sustainable development of the Carpathian region and mountain areas more generally. The event was organised online by the Global Change Research Institute of the Czech Academy of Science, the Mendel University in Brno and the Secretariat for the Carpathian Convention with the support of several institutions, including the James Hutton Institute and the SIMRA network.

Dee river partnership seeks public feedback

The partnership tasked with looking after the River Dee catchment has published a summary of its achievements over the last 15 years and is seeking public comment on priorities for future projects. Established in 2003 with the support of the James Hutton Institute, the Dee Catchment Partnership is one of Scotland’s foremost catchment partnerships, representing 16 organisations that share the common aim of restoring habitat and water quality in the Dee catchment.

High Commissioner of Kenya visits the James Hutton Institute in Dundee

The James Hutton Institute was delighted to welcome a visit by His Excellency Mr Manoah Esipisu, High Commissioner of Kenya to the UK, and his team to our Dundee site.

The visit, set up through James Hutton Limited’s membership of the Scottish Africa Business Association (SABA), was an opportunity for Mr Esipisu to gain insight into the work both James Hutton Limited and the James Hutton Institute carry out in Africa, with the added perspective of the upcoming COP26 meeting in Glasgow.

Arable Scotland's Arable Conversations: Net-Zero - Making Carbon Pay

Scotland has a legally binding commitment of being net-zero by 2045, and a 31% reduction is required in emissions from agriculture by 2032. This topic will be under discussion in the fourth Arable Conversations session on 29th June 2021 at 6:00 pm, chaired by Kenneth Loades (James Hutton Institute) and including David Aglen (Balbirnie Home Farms), Alison Milne (Crafty Maltsters), Matt Ward (Farmacy) and Matt Aitkenhead (James Hutton Institute).

Farmers and crofters – can you help shape the future of farming practices in Scotland?

SEFARI Gateway and the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission (FFCC) are funding a collaborative project between the James Hutton Institute, the Soil Association Scotland, and Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS) to carry out research in relation to farming practices in Scotland.

They are carrying out the Scottish Farming Practices Survey 2021 to understand how certain farming practices that aim to improve sustainability can provide (or not) long term benefits for land productivity.

International Barley Hub Seminar Series: Barley Varieties - The Recommendation System

The latest seminar of the International Barley Hub took place on Tuesday 22nd June and discussed Barley Varieties - The Recommendation System. It was led by Dr Paul Gosling and chaired by George Lawrie, IBH.

Barley breeders are continually developing new varieties and introducing them into the market. It is not always easy for the farmer understand which of the new varieties might suit their farming system. AHDB's Recommended Lists program tests new varieties against industry standards in trials.


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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.