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Mark Young

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Ecological Sciences
Ecological Sciences
Plant Scientist/Information Technologist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK


Current technical activities

  • Database development, administration and management in EU projects TRUETOMRESAMIGAPURELegume FuturesSIGMEA and experimental data for the Agroecology Sub-group
  • Web page development, administration and management; web frontends for databases for EU projects and Agroecology.
  • Programming and development of bespoke software solutions for Agroecology.
  • Development of DEXi multi attribute decision support models.
  • Development of a compartment and flow model in Simile to simulate the flow of nitrogen and carbon through arable and hill farming systems.
  • Development and maintenance of physiological measurement equipment and data loggers.
  • Provide expertise, training and support in GPS and GIS to Agroecology.


Current research interests

  • Monotoring of greenhouse gas emissions as part of the Centre for Sustainable Cropping at Balruddery.
  • Examination of machine learning and datamining techniques for data analyses.
  • Development of DEXi multi attribute decision support models for the Centre for Sustainable Cropping..
  • Development of a compartment and flow model (using to simulate the flow of nitrogen and carbon through arable and hill farming systems.
  • Examination of nitrogen budgets within crop systems incorporating legumes.


Past research

  • Geneflow as part of the SIGMEA project with various European Partners.
  • Ecotyping of barley and Capsella bursa-pastoris.
  • GIS analyses of European datasets in collaboration with workers from the Josef Stafan Institute, Slovenia.
  • Geneflow between Brassica napus and Brassica rapa.
  • Image analysis of graded potatoes.
  • A predictive model of potato tuber size distribution and procedures to optimise its operation.
  • Optimisation of nitrogen and water use in the potato crop.
  • An investigation of the factors associated with different patterns of reducing sugar accumulation in stored potato tubers.


  • Marshall, B.; Young, M.W. (2004) Automated on-farm assessment of tuber size distribution., In: Decision Support Systems in Potato Production - bringing models to practice (eds. D.K.L. MacKerron and A.J. Haverkort). Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen, The Netherlands, pp100-117.

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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.