James Hutton Institute

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The James Hutton Institute
Founded 1 April 2011
Headquarters Dundee, Scotland
Number of locations
2 - Aberdeen and Dundee
Key people
Professor Iain Gordon (Chief Executive)
  • Macaulay Scientific Consulting Ltd. (MSCL)
  • Mylnefield Research Services (MRS)
  • Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS)
Website www.hutton.ac.uk

The James Hutton Institute (JHI) is an interdisciplinary scientific research institute in Scotland established in 2011, through the merger of Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI) and the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute. The institute, named after Scottish geologist James Hutton, one of the leading figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, combines existing Scottish expertise in agricultural research, soils and land use, and will make contributions to issues including food and energy security, biodiversity, and climate change. With more than 600 employees, the new institute is among the largest research centres in the UK.[1]

The Institute has its main offices in Aberdeen and Dundee with farms and field research stations at Glensaugh, Hartwood and Balruddery.[2] The Dundee site also hosts the Plant Sciences department of the University of Dundee.[3]

The JHI also formally oversees a smaller research institute, Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS), as inherited from SCRI. Founded in 1987 as the Scottish Agricultural Statistics Service (SASS), BioSS is independently managed from headquarters in the University of Edinburgh, King's Buildings.[4]

Both BioSS and JHI are separately Main Research Providers for the Scottish Government Rural and Environment Research and Analytical Services Division (RESAS).[5]