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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.

Awards for innovative CREW water research

Two research projects conducted by Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) have been awarded prizes in recognition of excellence and innovation in water research. The project “Surface water flood forecasting for urban communities” has won the Royal Meteorological Society Innovation Award 2018, while the “Dynamic Coast” initiative was awarded the Spotlight Prize at the recent 4th Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards.

Plant Power Day: become a plant scientist for a day

Green-fingered families could all become plant scientists for the day this weekend as the James Hutton Institute and University of Dundee host a celebration of the power of plants.

Every breath we take and every meal we eat owes a debt to plants. From one little seed, planted into soil, many green lives can arise - from small herbs up to big trees, or from ornamental flowers to substantial crops which all animals and mankind need to survive on this planet.

Professor Lorna Dawson honoured with Expert Witness 2019 award

Professor Lorna Dawson, Head of Soil Forensics at the James Hutton Institute and SEFARI Advisor on the Scottish Government‘s Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021, has been recognised with an Expert Witness Award 2019 by specialist magazine Lawyer Monthly, coinciding with her induction as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE).

Traditional water management practices highlighted in new UN book

Research by a social scientist based within the James Hutton Institute’s Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) has been featured in a book recently published by the International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.

New leadership appointments in Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences group

Drs Tony Craig and Alice Hague have been appointed to the leadership of the James Hutton Institute’s Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) group on an interim basis and will job-share in the role.

SEGS’ 40 staff work across economics, geography, sociology, anthropology, psychology and everything in between. Its mission is for Hutton to be internationally recognised for the quality, relevance and impact of its social science research connecting land, people and the environment.

Protein replacement poses challenge for global agricultural systems

Capacities for completely replacing animal protein in the human diet are limited and would require “major changes” in the structure of global agricultural food systems, according to new research.

A study carried out by Scottish scientists demonstrates the importance of a sustainable supply of lysine globally. Lysine is one of the amino acids that are essential for human nutrition.


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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.