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Fruit for the Future 2019 Visitor registration

Attendance at Fruit for the Future 2019 is free but visitors are encouraged to pre-register by filling in the form below. This will help to speed things up on arrival at Event Registration and you'll be entered into the free prize draw. Fields marked * are mandatory.

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Reindeer able to maintain circadian rhythm in total light or darkness

Even if it has been dark for months, Rudolph always knows when it is Christmas Eve.

In a new paper published in Scientific Reports, an international collaboration of scientists from the James Hutton Institute, the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research has shown that even in 24 hours of light or darkness, Svalbard reindeer maintain a 24-hour clock.

Warmer winters threaten UK blackcurrant farming

Warmer winters may not provide sufficient chilling for blackcurrants in the UK, delaying the start of the growing season and resulting in reduced yields and lower fruit quality, researchers have found.

Like many fruit crops and woody plants, blackcurrants require a period of chilling before they start to grow in spring. This reduces the risk of frost damage to new buds and ensures that buds burst rapidly in the spring and flower together, when pollinators are abundant.

New partnership to introduce Scottish potato varieties to India

The James Hutton Institute's commercial subsidiary, James Hutton Limited, has entered into a five-year agreement with Technico Agri Sciences, a subsidiary of Indian company ITC Limited, for the provision of 16 potato varieties and 600 clones to be trialled and tested in India. 

It is hoped that the introduction of new potato varieties will benefit India's potato growers and industry by addressing the demand of processors and exporters and improving yields, thereby enhancing farmgate prices and farmer incomes.

Mars and Mull share similar soil, Hutton analysis finds

NASA’s InSight lander has been headline news in recent weeks, as it continues to send back clear images of the rocky and unforgiving surface of Mars. However, the previous exploration robot sent to roam the red planet, the Curiosity rover, has been beaming back invaluable data for years, giving scientists a glimpse into the Martian landscape. Unlikely as it may seem, analysis by scientists at the James Hutton Institute has found that some soils on Mars are very similar to those found in Scotland.

Potatoes in Practice 2019 field plot treatment form

Please complete the field plot treatment form, along with an exhibitor booking form to request a field plot exhibitor space at Potatoes in Practice 2019. Fields marked * are mandatory. Hold the CTRL key to select multiple options from the drop-down lists. A separate field treatment form must be completed for each plot requested.

Deadline for submission of field plot bookings is 28 February 2019.

New elite barley could be a budding success

New gene combinations in barley could prove a budding success for breeders and brewers across the world, according to a new study by plant scientists of the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute.

The study, published in New Phytologist, suggests new barley lines created by bringing together novel genetic variation, could dramatically benefit the brewing and distilling industries by offering improved grain quality.

Scotland-India research collaboration delivers clean water for primary schools

Primary school students will benefit from wastewater treatment and clean water at their school in India thanks to a joint project led by the James Hutton Institute and funded by the Scottish Government.

While visiting India, Scotland's Deputy First Minister John Swinney welcomed the pioneering sanitation system to improve conditions for 206 pupils and 10 staff at Berambadi Primary School in Karnataka.

Views sought on local issues and quality of life in Scottish communities

Social scientists of the James Hutton Institute and Scotland's Rural College are seeking people’s views about wellbeing, local issues and quality of life in Scottish communities, in a drive to improve currently-available data and inform policy development and implementation.

Jonathan Hopkins, a researcher of the Institute's Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences group in Aberdeen, said: "The size of the ‘evidence base’ required for place-based policy in Scotland could be very large, as a wide range of issues affect people and society.


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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.