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Scientists are exploring options for growing organic oilseed rape in Scotland

Scots scientists explore options on organic oilseed

Published: Tuesday, 7th January 2020

Scientists have teamed up with farmers and industry to explore the possibility of growing organic oilseed rape (Canola) in Scotland for the first time.

Potato harvester

Hot potato

Published: Friday, 14th December 2018

The implications of one of the hottest and driest seasons on record will be one of the main topics of discussion at a major potato industry event.

Breaking up soil

Time to check your soil

Published: Monday, 10th September 2018

A comprehensive ‘MOT for the soil’, measuring everything from pH levels to earthworm activity, has been created by Scotland’s Rural College.

Poppy Frater

Cutting-edge grass research

Published: Wednesday, 15th August 2018

With 2018 proving a particularly challenging year in terms of grass growth, a series of webinars has been created to help farmers get the most from their pastures.

Muesli helps slug it to farm pest

Muesli helps slug it to farm pest

Published: Wednesday, 8th August 2018

An unlikely new weapon in Scottish farming’s battle with the multi-million pound slug menace has been revealed – Swiss-style muesli.

Henry cressein inspects rice field in guinea bissau

Researchers helping African farmers diversify

Published: Thursday, 31st May 2018

Researchers from Scotland’s Rural College have recently returned from Guinea-Bissau in Western Africa to assist in building networking and knowledge transfer centres between international researchers.

Plant health centre group shot small

Meet the special branch

Published: Tuesday, 22nd May 2018

Professor Fiona Burnett, Head of Crop and Soils Research at SRUC, outlined her role as agriculture sector lead at the launch of Scotland’s new Plant Health Centre.

SRUC staff at the newly renovated Parkinson Plant Growth Unit at King’s Buildings

New glasshouse reflective of world-leading research

Published: Monday, 18th December 2017

A major renovation of SRUC’s glasshouse has provided scientists with a state-of-the-art facility in which to continue their world-leading research.

field of maturing barley.

SRUC-AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Winter Agronomy Roadshows

Published: Monday, 18th December 2017

After a particularly wet and challenging harvest for many farmers, soil health, crop varieties and diseases will be among the topics discussed at next month’s Agronomy workshops.

Wayne Powell

Agricultural scientists call for new global crop alliance to support food security

Published: Tuesday, 1st August 2017

A group of world-leading crop scientists, including the Principal & Chief Executive of SRUC, has called for a global crop network to systematically tackle threats to global food security.


Sequencing Genes of Major Barley Disease an Important Step Towards Better Control

Published: Wednesday, 17th August 2016

Scientists at SRUC, together with colleagues at the University of Edinburgh and Rothamsted Research, have unravelled the genome of Ramularia, a fungal disease attacking barley crops.

Dr Marta Piotrowska

SRUC Research Shared Internationally - Thanks to Trust Fund

Published: Wednesday, 17th August 2016

Dr Marta Piotrowska, a researcher in Crop Protection and Soils at SRUC recently presented a paper at an international technical symposium in Germany, a trip made with the help of SRUC Trust funding.

Professorship for SRUC Researcher Using Rocket Science to Predict Disease Spread

Published: Friday, 10th July 2015

Dr Gareth Hughes, an expert who combines biology and mathematics to devise control strategies against diseases in crop plants has been awarded a Professorship in Plant Disease Epidemiology.

Professorship for Well Known Crops Expert Dr Fiona Burnett

Published: Friday, 10th July 2015

Crop protection expert Dr Fiona Burnett, the Head of Crop and Soil Systems at Scotland’s Rural College, was awarded a Professorship in Applied Plant Pathology during SRUC’s annual Graduation ceremony.

Cereals in Practice – Popular Specialist Event Moves to NE Scotland

Published: Tuesday, 23rd June 2015

You are invited to attend a press briefing before this year’s Cereals in Practice event held on Kirkton farm, Kinellar, Aberdeenshire on Thursday 2 July.

Takayuki Suzuki

Japanese Guest Takayuki Adds to SRUC Nematode Research

Published: Wednesday, 20th May 2015

Researcher Takayuki Suzuki from the NARO Kyushu Okinawa Agricultural Research Centre has joined SRUC on a six month secondment to study nematodes in sweet potatoes, carrots and radish.

Potato Field rows

PhD student Kyran Addresses UK Research Conference

Published: Wednesday, 6th May 2015

First year PhD student Kyran Maloney, based at the Edinburgh campus of Scotland’s Rural College, joined other AHDB-funded researchers at a conference organised by levy bodies HGCA and the Potato Council.

Steve Hoad at 2015 SRUC-HGCA Roadshow

SRUC Expert Stresses Attention to Every Detail as Recommended Cereal List Introduced

Published: Wednesday, 28th January 2015

Introducing SRUC’s latest list of recommended cereal varieties Dr Steve Hoad of SRUC’s Crop and Soil Systems group stressed the need for growers to make decisions based on good intelligence.

Carfraemill SRUC-HGCA cereal event

Farmer Speakers a Hit at SRUC/HGCA Agronomy Events for Cereal Growers

Published: Wednesday, 28th January 2015

Innovative farmers explaining their ideas proved a highlight during recent cereal grower events organised Scotland’s Rural College and sector levy body HGCA.

Drambusters Whisky Festival

Drambusters Whisky Festival - it’s a hard job but Maree had to do it!!

Published: Thursday, 15th January 2015

Dr Maree Brennan, from SRUC Crop & Soils Systems group and colleagues from the James Hutton Institute attended the Drambusters Whisky Festival and explained how research contributes to the industry.

Crop Science team members

Crop Club Partnerships Key to Improving Grain Quality in Malting Barley

Published: Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

Progress with some of SRUC’s research of grain quality in malting barley was presented to the latest meeting of the BBSRC’s Crop Improvement Research Club.

Christine Watson ESA

Christine’s Presidential Calling

Published: Wednesday, 10th September 2014

SRUC’s Professor Christine Watson has been named the new President of the European Society of Agronomy (ESA).

Scots Pine Needle Blight

Researchers Work Together to Protect Scotland’s National Tree

Published: Wednesday, 9th July 2014

Researchers from Scotland’s Rural College are part of a new tree health project designed to protect Scotland’s national tree, the Scots pine, from new pests and diseases.

Winter Oilseed Rape

SRUC Researcher Leads Project Taking a Fresh Look at Nutritional Value of UK Oilseed Rape Meal Pigs and Poultry

Published: Wednesday, 2nd April 2014

Dr Jos Houdijk, a researcher with Scotland’s Rural College, is leading a research consortium re-examining the nutritional value of Oil Seed Rape meal fed to pigs and poultry.


Researchers to Study Why Ramularia Turns on Barley

Published: Wednesday, 26th February 2014

Researchers have received over £1 million to identify why a fungus that initially lives in harmony on a barley plant, turns into a deadly pathogen which then attacks on its host.

hungarian visitiors

Hungarian PhD’s Chose SRUC Crops and Soils

Published: Wednesday, 26th February 2014

A party of 6 PhD students from the Balassi Institute in Budapest recently spent 2 days with the Crops and Soils research group from Scotland’s Rural College.

soils, crichton

Getting to Know SRUC: Soils Research

Published: Wednesday, 8th May 2013

Soils research has underpinned the crop, animal and environmental outputs at Scotland’s Rural College for many years and has always been closely linked to consultancy and teaching.

Marta Piotrowska California

Californian Coup for Student Marta

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013

It was no dream - Marta Piotrowska returned from a Californian Research Conference with an award for her poster.

Winter Wheat Challenge March 2013

Mains of Loirston Winter Wheat Challenge 2012-13

Published: Wednesday, 27th March 2013

Frustrated crop trials staff at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are anxiously waiting for the snow to clear and temperatures to rise.

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