Scottish Crop Research Institute

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The Scottish Crop Research Institute
Former type Registered Charity
Fate Merged
Predecessor(s) Scottish Horticultural Research Institute
Scottish Plant Breeding Station
Successor(s) The James Hutton Institute
Defunct March 31, 2011 (2011-03-31)
Headquarters Dundee, Scotland
Key people Peter Gregory
Subsidiaries Mylnefield Research Services
Website www.scri.ac.uk

The Scottish Crop Research Institute more commonly known as the SCRI was a scientific institute located in Invergowrie near Dundee, Scotland. As of April 2011, when SCRI merged with the Macaulay Land Use Institute it is now part of The James Hutton Institute.

History[edit]

The institute was opened in 1951 in Invergowrie under the name Scottish Horticultural Research Institute (SHRI). In 1981, the SHRI merged with the Scottish Plant Breeding Station (SPBS), which at the time was located near Edinburgh. Operations of the SPBS moved to the institute's site at Invergowrie and became the Scottish Crop Research Institute.[1] In 1987 the institute accepted managerial responsibility for Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland, formerly the Scottish Agricultural Statistics Service.[1][2] The commercial arm of the SCRI, Mylnefield Research Services, was launched in 1989.[1][3] In April 2011 SCRI merged with the Macaulay Land Use Institute to form a new body, The James Hutton Institute. The chief executive of the new institute is Professor Iain Gordon.[4]

Research[edit]

The SCRI has both staff and PhD students who do research into several different aspects of plant science. Research facilities include laboratories, office space, glasshouses, growth chambers and 172 hectares of land which is used for field work.[5] Research at SCRI is organised into four programmes: environment plant interactions, plant pathology, genetics and plant products and food quality.[6] The institute carries out research funded by the Scottish Government's "Programme 1" for profitable and sustainable agriculture and the co-ordinator of Programme 1 is staff member Professor Howard Davies.[7] The institute is also undertaking research into how climate change in Scotland will affect crop production,[8] as the institute is involved with the Scottish Government's Agriculture and Climate Change Stakeholder Group.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "SCRI - History". Scottish Crop Research Institute. 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland Homepage
  3. ^ MRS ltd Homepage
  4. ^ "New Institute, SCRI Macaulay merger". Scottish Crop Research Institute. 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "SCRI Facilities". SCRI. 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Research Programmes at SCRI". Scottish Crop Research Institute. 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "Programme 1". SCRI and The Scottish Government. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  8. ^ Newton, AC; Gregory, PJ (2007). "Climate Change Research at the SCRI". SCRI. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  9. ^ "Annex B - Agriculture and Climate Change Stakeholder Group: Membership". Agriculture and Climate Change Stakeholder Group. May 2008. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 

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Coordinates: 56°27′23″N 3°04′10″W / 56.4565°N 3.0694°W / 56.4565; -3.0694