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Views wanted on impact of COVID-19 on UK food and nutrition security

How will food production respond to the effects of COVID-19 in the next 18 months? Which sectors are likely to experience change? These questions are at the heart of research examining how best to protect the UK’s food and nutrition security from the impact of climate change, and for which views are being actively sought.

Hutton and Liberty Produce to help advance Singapore’s food sustainability and net-zero goals

An industry team led by agritech specialist Liberty Produce and supported by the James Hutton Institute has won Innovate UK funding to develop innovative hybrid farming and greenhouse technologies to work towards Singapore’s food security and net-zero goals.

Aerial maps used to monitor peatland restoration on Balmoral Estate

Researchers from the James Hutton Institute are deploying aerial mapping technology to collect data on the natural restoration of peatland at the Queen’s Balmoral Estate in Scotland. A survey aircraft equipped with advanced laser scanners is being used to create highly detailed 3D models of upland peatland, with the aim of monitoring changes in hydrological and waterflow dynamics resulting from the restoration work.

Worshipful Company of Fruiterers’ Matthew Mack Award presented to Dr Rex Brennan

The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers has presented its 2021 Matthew Mack Award to soft fruit scientist Dr Rex Brennan, an Honorary Associate of the James Hutton Institute. This triennial award is to recognise distinguished achievements in education, training and innovation within the fruit industry.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the award was presented at a virtual banquet on Wednesday 17th March 2021 by Master David Simmons, who outlined Dr Brennan's achievements.

New mobile app puts soil erosion under the spotlight

A new mobile app has been launched to provide farmers, land managers and the public with a quick, easy way to learn about soil erosion in Scotland and contribute their own records and images to improve our current understanding and to share them with other users of the app.

Scottish growers must remain vigilant about stink bug threat

Even if it has not yet been detected north of the border, Scottish growers must take adequate steps to monitor growing areas for the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), a new potential threat to the UK’s agricultural, horticultural and forestry industries.

'Rock On Soils' shows potential for better carbon sequestration and soil biodiversity

A research project examining the potential of using crushed basic silicate rocks as a soil input, for enhanced carbon sequestration and soil biodiversity, has reported positive results.

Pioneering soil carbon project launched

First Milk, Nestlé and Agricarbon have announced the launch of a pioneering soil carbon capture project, with scientific guidance from leading soil ecologist and James Hutton Institute Honorary Associate, Dr Helaina Black.

The project will use state-of-the-art machinery to carry out intensive soil carbon analysis at a fraction of the usual cost, to establish a comprehensive and scientifically robust soil carbon baseline for First Milk farms, allowing soil carbon sequestration to be quantified over time.

Entries now open for 10th Nature of Scotland Awards

Celebrating the inspirational people, projects, groups and organisations working hard to protect Scotland’s precious environment, the tenth Nature of Scotland Awards are open for applications until Tuesday 14th June, with the James Hutton Institute again sponsoring the Food and Farming category.

Entering the awards is free and applications are being sought across ten categories including the new Health and Wellbeing Award and a publicly voted Nature Champion of the Decade award.

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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.