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Three path-breaking farms shortlisted for NEWBIE Award for Innovative New Entrants

The Horned Beef Company, Lynbreck Croft and the Scottish Goat Meat Company have been announced as finalists of the newly-launched NEWBIE UK award for New Entrant Farm Business of the Year, due to their unique ability to overcome barriers in the early phases of their farming career.

New plant breeder rights partnership between James Hutton Limited and IPRIS

The James Hutton Institute's commercial subsidiary, James Hutton Limited, has announced a partnership with IPRIS, a global organisation focused on helping companies, universities and government labs manage their intellectual property portfolios.

With over 20 years’ experience of managing plant breeder’s rights, James Hutton Limited’s global networks cover essential countries for the protection of plant-related intellectual property.

Celebrating Hutton Women in Science

To mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the James Hutton Institute is highlighting its recently published ‘Women in Science’ booklet, which spotlights the roles of 21 of its 204 female scientists. The collection illustrates some of the vast array of interesting, rewarding and appealing types of work, areas of research and careers that science and social sciences can offer.

Hutton expert contributes to new guidance for assessment of natural capital risk

Professor Alison Hester, a senior research scientist within our Ecological Sciences group, has contributed to the development of new guidance by the Natural Capital Finance Alliance (NCFA), aimed at helping financial institutions conduct rapid assessments of natural capital risk.

Already piloted by banks in Colombia, South Africa and Peru, the guide promotes the use of the recently launched Exploring Natural Capital Opportunities, Risks and Exposure (ENCORE) tool, which enables financial institutions to understand and assess their exposure to natural capital risks.

Now available: February 2019 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.

Read in our February 2019 issue:

Crop science at heart of new Scotland-Malaysia research collaboration

The James Hutton Institute and the Malaysia-based Crops for the Future Research Centre (CFFRC) have agreed to cooperate on aspects of global agricultural sustainability, food security and nutrition, with emphasis on underutilised and novel crops as well as the diversification of land use.

Feed the world, help the environment and make great beer: Cool Beans can do it all

Imagine a crop that can be used to help secure sufficient food for a growing global population, benefit the environment and brew fantastic beer. There is one – several in fact: pulses. The James Hutton Institute has joined forces with Barney’s Beer in Edinburgh and Abertay University in Dundee - through joint PhD student Kirsty Black - to create the new 'Cool Beans' Faba Bean IPA.

Get digging! Best Soil in Show 2019 now open for entries

CLICK BELOW FOR APPLICATION FORM AND RELATED DOCUMENTATION - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 10TH MAY 2019

Supported by the Glenside Group

National Lottery funding boost for Cumbernauld environmental research

Creating Natural Connections, a partnership including the James Hutton Institute which seeks to deliver significant improvements to Cumbernauld’s environment over the next four years by building on the success of Cumbernauld Living Landscape project, has received a transformational grant of £1.3m from the National Heritage Lottery Fund to create a long-term change in the way the town’s people connect with nature.  

Scottish specialists team up to unlock water industry innovation

Water specialists from the James Hutton Institute and Scottish Water are at the forefront of the Water Test Network, an international drive to unlock innovation potential in the global water industry, which also involves experts in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and France.

Fourteen locations across North West Europe form the network of operational-scale facilities which allow innovative new technology to be brought to market-ready status quicker for the benefit of water users and consumers.


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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.