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Watch the 41st TB Macaulay Lecture by Professor Jacqueline McGlade: Natural prosperity in an age of global change

The 41st T.B. Macaulay Lecture, given by Professor Jacqueline McGlade on the topic of natural prosperity and innovative solutions for a business-unusual approach to rapid global change, is now available to watch online.

In the lecture, Professor McGlade brings together positive solutions to rapid global change in the face of major environmental and social challenges linked to inequity, insecurity and individual insignificance.

New grants for groundbreaking plant science research

A University of Dundee scientist based at the James Hutton Institute has been awarded almost £1.25 million to study the interaction between plants and soil microbes, with the ultimate aim of boosting sustainable food production.

Dr Davide Bulgarelli, a principal investigator at the UoD Division of Plant Sciences, located at the Institute's Invergowrie site, has been awarded two research grants each exceeding £620,000 from the European Commission and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Exploring the potential of remote sensing to estimate peatland carbon emissions

Peatlands store large amounts of terrestrial carbon and any changes to their carbon balance could cause large changes in the greenhouse gas balance of the Earth's atmosphere. There is still much uncertainty about how the GHG dynamics of peatlands are affected by climate and land use change, while peatland restoration has been recognised as one of the ways to reach carbon emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol.

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Now available: September 2018 issue of Hutton Highlights

The latest issue of Hutton Highlights, the James Hutton Institute's quarterly review, is now available from our Hutton Highlights pages.

Read in our September 2018 issue:

Join us for the 41st T.B. Macaulay Lecture: The challenge of sustainable development

We have recently lived through three years in a row of the hottest temperatures recorded worldwide, a clear sign that our climate is changing, and changing fast. Is this enough to spur us into tackling climate change and other sustainable development priorities? Are we aware of the complexities of communicating what sustainable development means?

Improved genetic marker for precise and accurate EPH barley screening

Researchers from the James Hutton Institute and the Scotch Whisky Research Institute (SWRI) have completed a ten-month InnovateUK funded project resulting in the development of an improved genetic marker that can be used by barley breeders to unequivocally identify potential epiheterodendrin (EPH) non-producing barley varieties at the earliest stages of the breeding process. 

Hutton researcher success in Converge Challenge 2018

Hutton scientist Peter Orrell and his product MycoNourish have been announced as runners-up in the 2018 Converge Challenge, Scotland's leading higher education company creation programme, at a ceremony held yesterday in Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms.

MycoNourish harnesses the power of beneficial microbes to improve crop production. Not only it increases yields but also improves the margins for farmers and crop producers who, in the current climate, are seeing their margins shrinking.

James Hutton Institute acknowledges V&A Dundee’s impact

The transformational power of the first-ever dedicated design museum in Scotland and the only other V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London was beyond doubt, even before it opened. The James Hutton Institute would like to commend and congratulate all those whose vision and endeavours have dreamed and now delivered the new Victoria & Albert Museum in Dundee.


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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.