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Policymakers urged to adopt new approaches to addressing global crises

A new report published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) and co-authored by Professor Richard Aspinall, an Honorary Fellow of the James Hutton Institute, calls for action from policymakers worldwide to develop sustainable and equitable solutions to urgent global challenges. 

Now available: February 2022 issue of Hutton Highlights

The latest issue of Hutton Highlights, our quarterly review showing how Hutton science is driving the sustainable use of land and natural resources, is now available from our Hutton Highlights pages.

Our February 2022 issue includes:

World Pulses Day: We should get our fingers on pulses

By Pete Iannetta

Rural affairs secretary sees vision of climate-positive, futuristic farming

The Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Mairi Gougeon MSP, got a vision of climate-positive agriculture and future farming technologies when she visited the James Hutton Institute in Dundee.

Ms Gougeon heard about Hutton plans for a Potato Innovation and Translation Hub in Invergowrie. The hub is envisioned as a collaborative partnership of researchers, knowledge brokers and commercial company: a centre for research and translation of innovation to accelerate the adoption of new knowledge and techniques from field to fork.

Hutton expertise contributes to parliamentary session on Scotland’s Good Food Nation Bill

Dr Mike Rivington, a senior scientist within the James Hutton Institute’s Information and Computational Sciences department, has contributed evidence to a session of the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the prospective Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill.

UK’s first measurements of nitrogen added by legumes to a crop production system

The potential of grain legume crops such as faba beans to harness the nitrogen present in air into biologically useful forms is well known, but how much of an opportunity does it present for farmers wanting to pursue net-zero agriculture? A research team from the James Hutton Institute has recorded the first UK-wide measurement of nitrogen added by faba beans. The study focused on a range of production systems, including the use of long-term crop-rotational data from the Institute’s Centre for Sustainable Cropping.

Hutton joins vision of Centre for Agricultural Sustainable Innovation

The James Hutton Institute has joined Angus Council, Agrico UK, Arbikie Distillery and SoilEssentials Ltd in signing a letter of intent to develop a Centre for Agricultural Sustainable Innovation (CASI) headquartered in Forfar, Angus.

The CASI will drive forward the development of four agricultural technology enterprises focusing on innovation, crop quality, precision agriculture and the development of a neutral spirit still.

CPNB 2022: spotlight on agriculture, environment, combinable crops and potatoes

The Crop Production in Northern Britain Conference, the foremost summit discussing environmental management and crop production in northern environments, is back this year as an online event on 1-2 March.

CPNB 2022 brings together agronomists, scientists, policy makers and representatives of agritech, breeder and agrochemical companies and all those concerned with recent advances in crop production and protection, to discuss crop production and protection problems prevalent in northern environments.

Hutton support for proposed Dundee life sciences innovation district

The James Hutton Institute supports plans being put forward to create a life sciences innovation district for the Dundee region.

Dundee City councillors will be asked to kick-start discussions that will explore and agree joint marketing, development and governance arrangements with the University of Dundee, Scottish Enterprise and private sector landowners to market land and property assets that would make up the proposed district.

Major new study shows role beavers could play in restoring Scotland’s rivers

Beavers could make an important contribution to improving the condition of Scotland’s rivers, including helping to improve water quality and limiting the effects of drought, new research from the University of Aberdeen and the James Hutton Institute has found.


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