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How Scottish farmers and crofters are changing food systems with agroecology

New research by James Hutton Institute scientists and partner organisations explores the use of sustainable farming practices in Scotland and how these support long-term land productivity and resilience amongst agricultural businesses.

World Water Day 2022: realising the benefits of Scotland’s waters

Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters, the Hydro Nation International Centre and the James Hutton Institute joined the annual global celebration of World Water Day with a call to realise the benefits of Scotland’s waters, during an event that brought together Scotland’s water communities to promote the value of this precious resource and, crucially, explore how we can support wider society in tackling water challenges.

Research provides first comprehensive view of pharmaceutical pollution of Scotland’s water environment

A study carried out by researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), with the James Hutton Institute and the Environmental Research Institute (University of the Highlands and Islands) delivered the first national assessment of the emerging area of concern around pharmaceutical pollution of Scotland’s water environment, with an innovative Scottish partnership using results to promote practical actions to reduce this globally recognised public health and environmental issue.

New integrated pest management resources available from Hutton soft fruit research

Arthropod pests are estimated to destroy up to 20% of annual crop production worldwide. In recent years, key pesticides used in soft fruit production have been withdrawn, leaving crops vulnerable to attack. Researchers have been developing alternative measures to reduce pest abundance and damage such as precision monitoring, biological controls, cultural practices and semiochemical lures.

Hutton postgraduate research showcased at 2022 event

The annual Hutton Postgraduate Student Event, which showcases the excellent science being undertaken by postgraduate students at the James Hutton Institute, returned to its traditional in-person format at the Birnam Arts and Conference Centre, Birnam, on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th March 2022.

Scientific service finds new home at Hutton Aberdeen campus

Aberdeen Scientific Services Laboratory (ASSL), which is operated by Aberdeen City Council, is to relocate from Old Aberdeen to the James Hutton Institute's Craigiebuckler site. 

The move is expected to consolidate the city's position as a scientific powerhouse in food safety and security, land use and environmental management. 

A £350,000 redesign to create specialised microbiology, chemistry and instrument laboratories is due to be completed this month ahead of the transfer in April.  

Hutton and MDT outline development plans for Craigiebuckler campus

The James Hutton Institute and the Macaulay Development Trust have announced plans for the evolution of the Institute’s Craigiebuckler campus in Aberdeen and will hold a public consultation to allow people to learn more about the vision for the site and to help shape firm development proposals.

Several developments are being considered for the site, including a new access road from Countesswells Road, the sale of surplus land, and the construction of a new hub building and additional accommodation block, supported by investment from the Macaulay Development Trust.

Innovative research to explore agar potential of Scottish seaweeds

Agar, a jelly-like substance obtained from the cell walls of some species of red algae, is used in food production as a gelling and thickening agent, but it is not currently produced in the UK and has a large carbon footprint. An innovative research project led by the James Hutton Institute and Caledonian Seaweeds Ltd is examining the potential of Scottish seaweeds as a source of agar for the food industry, with added benefits for local and rural economies and maximising biomass use.

Hutton commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion awarded Stonewall bronze

The James Hutton Institute has received an accolade for its commitment to the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people in the workplace. This year, the Institute received a Bronze award from Stonewall, the world’s second-largest LGBTQ+ charity. For twenty years the charity has been supporting employers to create welcoming workplaces for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people.

Open call to galvanize the global barley research community

A renowned group of barley scientists, including researchers from the James Hutton Institute and the University of Dundee, has issued an open call to ‘galvanize’ the international barley research community from the ground up by increasing interactions, establishing new collaborations and offering greater value to global research investments.


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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.