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Women and 'Global South' missing from list of top-publishing ecologists

A recent study published in Conservation Letters co-authored by a James Hutton Institute ecologist has investigated the number of women and the geographic distribution among the 1051 top-publishing authors in 13 leading journals in ecology and conservation, with shocking results: only 11% are women, and countries of the 'Global South' are strikingly under-represented.

RELOCAL conference: achieving a spatially and socially just Europe

How can we produce a Europe that is spatially and socially just? Is it possible to discuss cohesion and territorial development policy without considering localities and local experiences? The RELOCAL policy conference (15th March) will focus on these and other issues, including a presentation by James Hutton Institute social scientists Margaret Currie and Simone Piras.

New research to shed light into mechanisms of potato blight infection

Researchers at the James Hutton Institute and partner institutions are set to explore previously undiscovered mechanisms through which the pathogen responsible for late blight in potato, Phytophthora infestans, breaks through cell walls to infect plants.

Focus on land reform at Rural Housing Summit 2021

What are the lessons we can all learn from land reform in Scotland, and what are the challenges still faced by our rural communities? Dr Annie McKee, a social researcher at the James Hutton Institute, will tackle these and other questions during a keynote session on Thursday 25th February, during the week-long Rural Housing Summit 2021 organised by Rural Housing Scotland.

Flapjack takes global spotlight at Wheat Initiative online training sessions

The advantages of Flapjack, the James Hutton Institute’s multi-platform application providing interactive visualizations of high-throughput genotype data, were demonstrated at a recent workshop organised with the purpose of helping wheat breeders across the globe to modernise their molecular breeding skills.

Tomnah’a Market Garden wins second NEWBIE Award for Innovative New Entrants

Tomnah’a Market Garden, a community-focused enterprise located at Comrie Croft in Perthshire, has been declared the winner of the NEWBIE UK award for New Entrant Farm Business of the Year for 2020. Tomnah’a is run by Cristy Gilbert, Sam Parry and Judith McGowan and some dedicated volunteers and sells fruit, veg and flowers directly to customers through a community supported agriculture scheme as well as through online food hubs. They also offer training to volunteers in the hope that they too will set up their own market gardens in the future.

Now available: February 2021 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 2021 issue:

Call for calf rearers to join research workshop

Researchers at the James Hutton Institute are looking for dairy calf rearers to join a workshop as part of an EU-funded research project. The workshop is one of three events aiming to identify challenges calf rearers face and solutions within the dairy industry to help improve animal health, and make calf rearers’ lives easier.

Dr Orla Shortall, a social scientist at the Institute, said: “Calf rearing can be a lonely job on the farm, with little chance to share experiences and learn from other calf rearers.

New appointments to boost flagship innovation initiatives

The James Hutton Institute has announced the appointment of directors for three flagship research and innovation initiatives: the International Barley Hub (IBH) and the Advanced Plant Growth Centre (APGC), both based in Dundee, and the International Land Use Study Centre (ILUSC) in Aberdeen.

Celebrating our Women in Science

To mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the James Hutton Institute is highlighting its ‘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.

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