The James Hutton Institute
November 14 2019, Scotland
General Information

The James Hutton Institute is a well-respected and globally recognized research organization delivering fundamental and applied science to drive the sustainable use of land and natural resources. The Institute combines strengths in crops, soils and land use and environmental research, and makes a major contribution to the understanding of key global issues, such as food, energy and environmental security, and developing and promoting effective technological and management solutions to these.


The Institute is an internationally networked organization and operates from multiple sites, including two main ones in Scotland at Aberdeen and Dundee. It employs more than 500 scientists and support staff, making it one of the biggest research centers in the UK and the first of its type in Europe. The Institute is one of the Scottish Government’s main research providers in environmental, crop and food science and has a major role in the Scottish knowledge economy. The Institute brought together the former Macaulay Land Use Research Institute and the Scottish Crop Research Institute on 1 April 2011.

The institute works to combine existing Scottish expertise in agricultural research, soils and land use, and works in fields including food and energy security, biodiversity, and climate change.

  • Runs the Centre for Sustainable Cropping Platform.
  • Conducts research on:
    • Climate Change
    • Integrated Pest Management 
    • Potato
    • Soil

Sustainable Cropping Platform

  • Researchers
  • Ordinary Farmers
  • Local Market
  • University of Dundee
  • Scottish Government Rural and Environment Research and Analytical Services Division (RESAS)
  • Working on systems to support virus-free potato seed tuber production.
  • The James Hutton Institute’s experts have refined DNA fingerprinting techniques to aid in species identification, especially of liverworts and fungi.
  • Products developed at the James Hutton Institute (and its forebears) are familiar names on supermarket shelves. They include popular raspberry varieties such as Glen Ample and Glen Lyon; potato varieties including Lady Balfour, Anya, Vales Sovereign, Vales Emerald and Mayan Gold; and our brassicas (swedes, turnips, kale etc.,) dominate the UK market.
  • Huge glass house facilities
  • Large number of researchers
  • Ongoing research in wide areas
  • Own research institute
  • Operates two research farms at Glensaugh in Aberdeenshire and Balruddery in Angus.

Multi-disciplinary research institute

  • To conduct excellent science and engage in new ways of working across disciplines, with business, policy and society, that guide contemporary thought and challenge conventional wisdom, ensure trust and deliver the best outcomes for all.
  • To deliver greater food and environmental security through science connecting land and people.
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