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James Hutton Institute welcomes new UK Plant Science Strategy

The James Hutton Institute has welcomed the publication of the new 10-year UK Plant Science Research Strategy.

The document provides a framework for research and skills development to ensure UK plant science can play a strong role in solving the challenges of climate change mitigation, sustainable food production, land management to protect biodiversity and to promote human health and wellbeing.

New research highlights interactions of bacteria, fungi and roots for plant nutrition

Scientists of the James Hutton Institute, working alongside partners at China Agriculture University, have discovered novel ways in which arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, bacteria and plant roots interact to influence the transfer of nutrients to plants. Their findings could be harnessed to enhance the sustainability of agricultural crops.

World Water Day 2021: finding the true value of Scotland’s water

What is the true value of water in Scotland and what does it mean to you? On Monday 22nd March, the Hydro Nation International Centre, supported by the Scottish Government and the James Hutton Institute are hosting a free online celebration of World Water Day, bringing together Scotland’s water community to hear their perspectives on the theme of ‘Valuing Water’.

Hutton postgraduate research showcased in 2021 student event

The annual Hutton Postgraduate Student Event, which showcases the excellent science being undertaken by postgraduate students at the James Hutton Institute, took place online on 2, 3 and 4 March 2021.

This event provides a valuable learning experience for Hutton students in communicating their work to the wider scientific community and promotes a collegiate atmosphere. It broadens awareness and knowledge of the varied projects undertaken at the Institute and is an opportunity to celebrate the work of students and their supervisors.

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.

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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.