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Fatty acids and lipids under the spotlight

Lipids are an essential ingredient in a variety of industries including food and drink, health and biosciences, and play a fundamental role in biological functions such as storing energy, signaling and the structuring of our cell membranes. Nine delegates visited the James Hutton Institute in Dundee for a course in fatty acids and lipids run by the Institute's commercial subsidiary, James Hutton Limited, and its specialist lipid analysis lab, Mylnefield Lipid Analysis.

Research underway to discover causes of senescent sweetening in potato storage

Researchers at the James Hutton Institute and partner organisations are working to understand the mechanisms behind senescent sweetening, a problem responsible for considerable losses of potato crops during storage, particularly in the processing market.

Speaking at the Scottish Society for Crop Research (SSCR) Potato Winter Meeting 2019, Dr Rob Hancock, based within the Institute’s Cell and Molecular Sciences group, said: “This AHDB-funded project aims to define the biochemical pathways associated with senescent sweetening.

Entries now open for Nature of Scotland Awards

Recognising excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in nature conservation, the eighth annual Nature of Scotland Awards are open for applications until 4 June, with the James Hutton Institute again sponsoring the Food and Farming category.

Entering the awards is free and applications are being sought across nine categories including 2 new awards for 2019: Coasts and Waters, Conservation Science, Community Initiative, Food and Farming, Innovation, Political Advocate of the Year, SNH Business, RSPB Species Champion and Youth and Education.

International academics gather to discuss Scottish land reform in a global context

Allocation of land rights and struggles for access to land and natural resources are common worldwide. The rise of land reform on the political agenda following Scottish devolution in 1999 is commonly attributed to the relatively unregulated nature of Scottish land sales, and the concentration of private land ownership has implications for sustainable rural development.

Professor Lorna Dawson announced as RSE Fellow

Professor Lorna Dawson, head of Forensic Soil Science at the James Hutton Institute and advisor to the SEFARI Strategic Research Programme, has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), established in 1783, has announced 62 new UK and International Fellows. These Fellows will help the RSE to continue providing independent and expert advice to policymakers, support aspiring entrepreneurs, develop research capacity and leadership and engage with the public through events.

Post-Brexit immigration proposals may have considerable impact on Scotland, expert panel finds

A report published by the Expert Advisory Group on Migration and Population has shown that post-Brexit migration policy proposals put forward by the UK Government are likely to increase the demographic challenges faced by Scotland’s sparsely populated rural areas.

Protecting Britain’s iconic oak trees and their biodiversity

Britain’s iconic oak trees have a reputation for supporting biodiversity, but a changing climate is making them increasingly susceptible to threats from pests and diseases. A research collaboration featuring James Hutton Institute scientists is examining ways of alleviating the risks to UK native oak populations, as well as assessing the biodiversity supported by oak trees.

Valuing our Life Support Systems 2019 summit: registrations open

Registrations are open for the Valuing our Life Support Systems 2019 summit, an independent and inclusive platform for science, policy and business communities to discuss and debate innovative natural capital solutions, which will be held on 21-22 May 2019 in London.

The event is organised by the Natural Capital Initiative, a James Hutton Institute-supported partnership which promotes the sustainable management of our natural capital. This year's summit will cover key topics including:

Scotland’s agriculture needs to improve its resilience, Hutton climate change researcher says

Scotland’s agricultural landscape will need to adapt to new levels of variation in climate, policy and local and global markets if it is to successfully tackle the growing trend of climate change; that was one of the key messages of Dr Mike Rivington, a James Hutton Institute climate change researcher, at this year’s Farming Scotland conference in Carnoustie.

Soft fruit growers told about Brexit impact and opportunities

While Brexit can be viewed as a very real threat to the future of Scottish agriculture, it must also now be viewed as an opportunity, albeit not an easy one to grasp. That was one of the main messages of the Soft Fruit Winter Meeting of the Scottish Society for Crop Research (SSCR), held at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee.


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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.