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3D buffer strips: towards practical actions under a new Agriculture Bill

River corridors exemplify places in busy farmed landscapes where researchers and land managers can use environmental measures for multiple benefits. These areas often fringe the main working points of the farm but are important interface zones between land and water.

James Hutton Institute welcomes Tay Cities Deal signing and highlights urgency of innovation projects

The James Hutton Institute has today welcomed the signing of the Tay Cities Deal, hailing it as a huge vote of confidence in Tayside, while also highlighting the urgency of innovation projects funded by the Deal including the International Barley Hub and the Advanced Plant Growth Centre, which can increase food security, reduce the impact of climate change and create green jobs to aid our recovery from COVID-19.

New research shows increased camouflage mismatch in mountain hares due to climate change

Mountain hares in Scotland show increasing camouflage mismatch due to less snowy winters, according to a new study carried out by an international research team including the James Hutton Institute.

Mountain hares are one of multiple species that moult from a dark coat in summer to a white coat in winter to maintain camouflage against snowy landscapes. But due to climate change, the duration of snow cover is decreasing—creating a “mismatch” in seasonal camouflage that exposes the hares to predators.

Mayan Gold tatties for Tayside food banks

Mayan Gold and Vales Sovereign potatoes developed in Tayside by the James Hutton Institute and grown on Hutton research farms as part of a long-term trial of sustainable cultivation methods are being donated to food banks across Tayside in time for Christmas.

Scotland’s natural habitats at risk due to intolerable nitrogen levels

Many of Scotland’s iconic landscapes and natural habitats have intolerable nitrogen levels according to a report released by Plantlife Scotland today. Endorsed by the James Hutton Institute and produced using some of its data, the report reveals the countries plant, lichen and fungi diversity is at serious risk of continued decline with a number of Scotland’s important plant areas exceeding their critical load – the point at which nitrogen harms habitats.

Dr Jorunn Bos awarded EU Consolidator Grant for crop protection research

Dr Jorunn Bos, a principal investigator in the Division of Plant Sciences of the University of Dundee at the James Hutton Institute, has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council Consolidator grant worth almost €2 million to explore novel ways to provide plant protection against insects.

The project APHIDTRAP, led by Dr Bos, will explore new directions to answer important questions on how insects such as greenfly and blackfly, commonly known as aphids, are such successful pests.

HydroGlen: transforming Glensaugh farm into a renewable powerhouse

The James Hutton Institute has been awarded funding from the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) to undertake a feasibility study for a green-hydrogen-powered farming community around its Glensaugh farm.

The study is the initial phase of the HydroGlen project, which seeks to transform the pioneering Aberdeenshire research facility into an energy-efficient, carbon-neutral hub powered entirely by hydrogen and capable of supplying energy to the wider local community.

Hutton research contributes to project focused on reducing food loss and waste across Europe

A €5.5m research project involving 27 members from 12 European countries including James Hutton Institute scientists has been formed with the aim of reducing food losses and waste across Europe. The Lowinfood project, funded by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 programme and led by Tuscia University (Italy), will deploy, and implement innovative solutions for the food waste at all stages of the food value chain.

World Soil Day: heads up - the answer lies under our feet

By Pete Iannetta, Alison Karley, Cathy Hawes and David Michie


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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.