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Research Facilities

Photograph of Weather station and experimental plots at Cullardoch
Our expertise and facilities enable ground-breaking research on ecological systems at different spatial scales

At the heart of the Ecological Sciences department are a range of facilities and research platforms which allow us to conduct long-term experiments and engage with the wider scientific community and stakeholders. Our extensive in-house facilities include molecular, microbiological and invertebrate laboratories as well as preparation suites for plant & soil samples, glasshouses and controlled growth rooms and growth cabinets. For our field based research, we have on-site weather information gathering ("met") stations, automated greenhouse gas sampling systems, and water/soil and invertebrate sampling systems. Our research equipment includes DNA sequencing, gas chromatography and microscopy. We have extensive storage facilities including -80°C storage and walk-in deep freeze and cold storage units.


Research Platforms



Databases, Archives and modelling





Areas of Interest

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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.