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Improving the plant

This page is no longer updated. The information presented here formed part of our previous areas of research. This has included research carried out on behalf of our research partners, commerical contracts and also the Scottish Goverment's Strategic research programme during the period 2011 - 2016.

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Photograph showing the Centre for Sustainable Cropping at Balruddery Farm
Better use of water and nutrients, increased resistance to stresses and less wastage in production are major research challenges.

Better use of water and nutrients, increased resistance to stresses and less wastage in production are major research challenges we address. A combination of genetics and agronomy provides an in-depth understanding of favourable plant traits and how they respond to environmental conditions. Some research in this area encompasses the Enhancing Crop Productivity and Utilisation Theme.

We have identified crop lines with improved water and nutrient use efficiency. Crops that perform better under specific conditions, such as those imposed by changes in soil cultivation to minimum tillage, are also identified in research integrating our genetics and environmental sciences research. An understanding of Genetics x Environment interactions underpins the sustainable intensification of farming.

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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.