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Soil erosion and compaction in Scotland: adapting to a changing climate

A new report by James Hutton Institute scientists has found that climate change, along with variations in machinery and farming practices, is likely to increase the susceptibility of Scottish soils to erosion or damage by compaction.

The publication, produced for ClimateXChange, the Scottish centre of expertise connecting climate change research and policy, describes sustainable soil management as a particular challenge as Scotland adapts to a climate change.

New PhD studentship opportunities announced

New opportunities for PhD projects at the James Hutton Institute are now being advertised on FindAPhD.com. PhD projects are being offered by all five of our Science Groups covering many aspects of our work. All projects are funded jointly between the Institute and participating universities.

Creation of soil X-ray signatures contribute to vision of “digital mineralogy”

A new research study aims to demonstrate how the combination of digital X-ray signatures with data-driven approaches can replace the time-consuming elements of expert led mineral identification and allow for new insights into the role of soil minerals in the environment.

Five NFU presidents to judge NEWBIE award for innovative new entrants

National Farmers Union presidents from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have agreed to judge a new award for 'New Entrant Farm Business of the Year'. Minette Batters (NFU), Andrew McCornick (NFUS), Glyn Roberts (FUW), John Davies (NFU Cymru) and Ivor Ferguson (UFU) will meet to decide the winner in January 2019. 

Buntata Web: easy identification of potato pests and diseases on any device

The James Hutton Institute's Information and Computational Sciences group have announced a web version of Buntata, the free mobile application launched last year to help potato growers identify plant pests and diseases in the field.

Following on from the success of the mobile app, which has quickly become the Institute's most popular application on the Android platform, the ICS team have taken it a step further and made Buntata available via a website that can be accessed from any device running a recent version of a web browser.

New genetic tool may help breeders develop disease-resilient potatoes

An improved technique for capturing DNA in crops may give plant breeders huge advantages when it comes to developing varieties that are more resilient to pests and diseases. The technique, known as diagnostic Resistance gene enrichment Sequencing (dRenSeq), enables the high-confidence identification and complete sequence validation of functional resistance genes.

Fungi, the world’s most essential organisms

For many people fungi are simply the edible mushrooms that appear on your dinner plate or the toadstool you pass by in your local park, however fungi are some of the planets most vital organisms. They provide powerful medicines including antibiotics, regulate many processes in soils and provide society with numerous food staples. So why is so little known about them?

World Food Day: our actions are our future

Our actions are our future. That is the theme of this year’s World Food Day, which highlights the global goal of zero hunger by 2030. With over 820 million people suffering chronic undernourishment and with that number on the rise, the world needs everyone now more than ever to join forces to eradicate hunger.

NEWBIE award to highlight Europe's best new farmers

An innovation-focused award for ‘New Entrant Farm Business of the Year’ is opening this autumn to UK farmers, crofters and smallholders, as part of a suite of opportunities being offered across Europe to help new entrants develop successful businesses.

Hutton scientists welcome launch of IPCC special report on global warming

Scientists from the James Hutton Institute have welcomed the launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty.


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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.