Oil & Gas Case Studies

Oil & Gas Case Studies

22 March 2017

To mark our attendance at CIPPE China this week, here are three case studies which highlight how we problem solve for the Petroleum and Oil & Gas Industries with expert knowledge, analysis and science. 

Chemical compatibility testing of injected fluids with umbilical liners

Determination of alcohol in crude oil, condensates, and produced water

Infrared Spectroscopy as a means of identifying Naphthenates

Jamie Smith to Speak at Global Berry Congress

Jamie Smith to Speak at Global Berry Congress

17 March 2017

James Hutton Limited Business Development Manager, Jamie Smith, has been invited to speak to delegates at Global Berry Congress.  The event, which runs at WTC, Rotterdam, at the end of from 27th – 29th March, attracts upwards of 350 senior executives from over 30 countries from the fresh berry supply chain - from food retail to production.  

Jamie’s ‘Tech Talk’ will focus on the innovation taking place at the James Hutton Institute, mainly around new developments in soft fruit breeding and variety development but additionally, on the shifting trends and the focus on nutritional value.  

Jamie will be speaking on Tuesday 28th March at 10.45pm, during the morning networking break. 

A Practical Course: CLAY MINERALOGY & its application to the oil industry

A Practical Course: CLAY MINERALOGY & its application to the oil industry

9 March 2017

A course designed for oil industry staff to help them understand the nature, properties, behaviour and occurrence of clays in the context of hydrocarbon exploration and production, and to demonstrate in a practical way how clay minerals can be identified and characterised using the primary analytical techniques of X-ray powder diffraction, infrared spectroscopy and electron microscopy.  To be held 12th - 15th September 2017.

Please see or contact Helen Pendlowski for further details.

CIPPE, 20 - 22 March 2017

CIPPE, 20 - 22 March 2017

7 March 2017

James Hutton Limited will be attending CIPPE as part of an Oil & Gas trade mission to China with Scottish Development International.  

We'll be showcasing our analytical service offering for petroleum, oil & gas and extractive industries and we're keen to take this opportunity to meet with any James Hutton Limited analytical customers who might also be there.  Business Development Manager, Iain Mayer, will be available at the exhibition for the duration and for meetings in Beijing on the 23rd March.

Successful Course in Fatty Acids & Lipids

Successful Course in Fatty Acids & Lipids

27 February 2017

James Hutton Limited held a successful lecture course which covered the chemistry, biology and analysis of fatty acids and lipids, at the James Hutton Institute, on the 23 and 24 February 2017.

Home of Mylnefield Lipid Analysis, delegates from a number of lipid related industries and academia attended from 10 countries to hear lectures from world-renowned experts,  Dr. Charlie Scrimgeour, Dr. Bill Christie MBE, Professor Terry Smith and Mr Peter Clough.

Fruit Logistica 2017

Fruit Logistica 2017

30 January 2017

We're at Fruit Logistica next week!

From Wednesday 8th - Friday 10th February, the James Hutton Limited team will be at the event to chat about our international plant breeding, trialing and licensing opportunities and scientific services.

Find us on the AHDB stand in Hall 8.2, Stand A-07 - please come by and say 'Hi!' or contact us to arrange a meeting beforehand.

Opportunity to Participate in a Blackberry Breeding Programme

Opportunity to Participate in a Blackberry Breeding Programme

29 January 2017

An opportunity has arisen for companies to invest in a blackberry breeding programme at the James Hutton Institute, Scotland.


Interested parties should contact:

Jamie Smith, Business Development Manager
+44 (0)1382 565060

Testing for Acrylamide Levels

Testing for Acrylamide Levels

24 January 2017

Addressing any concerns following the recent reports of potential carcinogenic acrylamide levels in starchy foods heated to a high temperature, James Hutton Limited can provide testing using state of the art techniques to measure acrylamide to a significant level, in any consumable material.

The test offers a fast turnaround and will provide reassurance for any producer, manufacturer or customer of food or drink products generated using or requiring high temperatures by indicating the presence, level, or absence of acrylamide in order to satisfy product safety audits, or to suggest a redirection of manufacturing processes.

Tests can be carried out on any form of sample, provided a full history is given.  The Food Standards Agency reports that acrylamide is found in wide range of foods including roasted potatoes and root vegetables, chips, crisps, toast, cakes, biscuits, cereals and coffee.

Testing is supplied by scientists at the James Hutton Institute, Dundee, which is a world-renowned facility for potato breeding and science.  Scientists at the Institute are also conducting research into reducing acrylamide levels in foods, specifically in potatoes.

For further information, please contact us

2017 Warm Weather Potato Trials Begin

2017 Warm Weather Potato Trials Begin

17 January 2017

The 2017 trials of early stage potato clones have started with SESUR, a seed and export company based in Seville.  Planted on Thursday, 12th January 2017 in good soil and weather conditions (soil temperature of 16c), we can't wait to see the results.

James Hutton Limited has a range of new, early stage clones, for warm climate trialing.  Variety attributes range from excellent processing quality to blight resistance.  Further information on potato varieties and trials is available from Jamie Smith

International Blackcurrant Conference 2016, a Fruitful Event for Tayside

International Blackcurrant Conference 2016, a Fruitful Event for Tayside

8 December 2016

Mackays Scottish Blackcurrant Preserve emerged victorious at the International Blackcurrant Conference in Kent this year where it was awarded first prize in the best Food products category.  Up against many international favourites, Mackays preserve was awarded the top spot for its delicious taste and authenticity.

The International Blackcurrant Conference celebrates achievements and developments in the international blackcurrant industry. This year, it attracted an audience of around 120 from as far afield as New Zealand, Japan and Australia.

A testament to true Tayside teamwork, Mackays Scottish Blackcurrant Preserve is made from blackcurrant varieties bred by soft fruit experts at the James Hutton Institute in Invergowrie, the fruit used in the prize winning preserve is mainly grown in Angus and the jam is produced by Mackays in Arbroath.

Martin Grant, Managing Director of Mackays, said, “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award. We pride ourselves on the quality of our preserves and are fortunate to be able to source excellent quality blackcurrant fruit locally, which is carefully processed by our dedicated team in Arbroath.”

At the same event, Dr Rex Brennan of the James Hutton Institute was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the blackcurrant industry over the last thirty years.

Dr Brennan’s research over the previous three decades has focussed on breeding new varieties of blackcurrant with increased yields, improved pest and disease resistance, improved taste, higher levels of Vitamin C and better adapted to our changing climate. Blackcurrant varieties created at the James Hutton Institute by Dr Brennan and his team are estimated to account for 95% of the UK’s blackcurrant crops and 50% of global crops.  Rarely eaten fresh, the majority of blackcurrants are processed to make a wide range of preserves, drinks and sweet treats.   The tiny purple super fruit is said to contain six to eight times more antioxidants than blueberries.  

Great Results in Proficiency Programme for Mylnefield Lipid Analysis

Great Results in Proficiency Programme for Mylnefield Lipid Analysis

6 December 2016

Mylnefield Lipid Analysis recently participated in the AOCS/GOED Laboratory Proficiency Programme for nutraceutical oils, the world’s most extensive and respected collaborative proficiency testing program for oil and fat related commodities. More than 500 chemists participate in the Programme to verify and demonstrate their laboratory's quality control.

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Event - Soil Health & Your Wealth

Event - Soil Health & Your Wealth

4 November 2016

A two-day (15th & 16th November) seminar led by internationally acclaimed nutrition specialist, Graeme Sait, promises cutting-edge strategies to improve the health of your farm, your garden, your planet and yourself! 

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Hutton Soils Analysis Kit

Hutton Soils Analysis Kit

31 October 2016

Thanks for your lovely review of the Hutton Soils Analysis kit!

Read it here and order yours at

New Project to Control Potato Greening

New Project to Control Potato Greening

27 October 2016

A collaboration between industry and academia which aims to address an un-met demand for controlling potato greening launched today at the James Hutton Institute.  

The project will explore the commercial potential for developing methods to reduce greening using multidisciplinary approaches that combine material science, crop genetics and molecular physiology.  It is part funded by Innovate UK and will be managed by James Hutton Limited, with the James Hutton Institute and the University of Southampton as academic partners. 

The commercial partners on the project are Amcor, Branston, Tesco and Waitrose.


Scottish Life Sciences Awards 2017 - Call for Nominations Open

Scottish Life Sciences Awards 2017 - Call for Nominations Open

13 October 2016

The heart of Scotland's life sciences sector forms a vibrant and active community of successful business people, world renowned researchers and clinical experts.

Nominations for the Scottish Life Sciences Awards 2017 are now open.  The Awards will be presented at Scotland’s Life Sciences Dinner and Annual Awards 2017 which will be held in Edinburgh on Thursday 2nd February 2017.

There are 7 award categories this year:

Business Leadership Award (2016), Entrepreneurial Business Leader (2016), Innovation Award, Investment of the Year (2016), Community Engagement Award, Export and International Trade Award, Innovative Collaboration Award

Find out more at 

FLN Diagnostic Industry Workshop

FLN Diagnostic Industry Workshop

26 September 2016

James Hutton Limited invites you to attend a workshop led by nematode expert, Dr. Roy Neilson, of the James Hutton Institute.  

The worskshop will offer further insight into the recent industry collaboration to develop a diagnostic test for free living nematodes and will explain in greater depth;

- Samples required for testing
- The process used for the diagnostic
- The results that it will provide

To register, please click here 

Paris, London ... Fife

Paris, London ... Fife

8 September 2016

JHL will be at a few events in the coming months and we’d welcome all customers, old and new, to come and have a wee chat.

We’re at Potato Europe, Villers-Saint-Christophe, France 13-15 September.  Jonathan is representing JHL on the AHDB Potatoes stand, showcasing our potato varieties and diagnostic services.

We’ll be at the Seed Event in St Andrews on the 3rd November, unveiling a brand new PotatoSize app in association with James Hutton Institute and Agrovista.

November 22-24, sees us at Food Matters Live, where we’ll be chatting about the vast variety of specialist scientific services we can offer to the food and drink industry to help with analysis of provenance, safety, development, traceability and more, and of course, our plant breeding expertise. This will also be a chance for customers to meet our new BDM for Analytical Services, Iain Mayer.

New Service - Molecular Diagnostic for FLN

New Service - Molecular Diagnostic for FLN

8 August 2016

A molecular diagnostic capable of distinguishing between the three main groups of FLN of interest has been developed at the James Hutton Institute and is now widely available to the potato industry.  

Soil has traditionally been analysed for FLN communities by microscopic methods however going forward, James Hutton Limited is also able to offer the new molecular approach diagnostic, giving customers the choice of how their samples are analysed.  Customers can initially request both tests to ensure consistency and to highlight the reliability and the additional information which will be available from the new molecular approach.  The new method will also cost less than the conventional microscopic process as it can be provided more quickly with less manual analysis.

While the service is ideally placed to meet the needs of UK customers, it will also have international appeal as James Hutton has a Global Soil Import License to enable the analysis of soil from overseas.

For fuller information about the project that produced this diagnostic, please click here.

For further details and pricing, please contact Dr Jonathan Snape +44 (0)1382 568568.

Fatty Acids  and Lipids - Chemistry, Biology and Analysis course

Fatty Acids and Lipids - Chemistry, Biology and Analysis course

3 June 2016

JHI announce that the 2017, Fatty Acids and Lipids - Chemistry, Biology and Analysis Course will take place between the 23rd and 24th February 2017, at the James Hutton Institute, Dundee, Scotland.  The course of lectures will be given by Dr. Charlie Scrimgeour, Dr. Bill Christie MBE, Professor Terry Smith and Mr Peter Clough and is designed especially for those working with lipids (fats and oils) in the food, oleochemical, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries, as well as in academia.  The course will provide an introduction to the chemistry, physics, biochemistry and analysis of lipid molecules.  For more details, please email Jonathan Snape or telephone +44 1382 568568.

Further Information

JHL Sponsor the 5th International Blackcurrant Conference

JHL Sponsor the 5th International Blackcurrant Conference

10 March 2016

As a world leading centre for blackcurrant breeding and research, James Hutton Ltd is proud to announce our sponsorship of the 5th International Blackcurrant Conference to be held on June 14th - 16th in Ashford, Kent. The programme includes presentations from our very own Dr Rex Brennan on blackcurrant breeding and Prof Derek Stewart on the health benefits of blackcurrants.
Details can be found at
We look forward to meeting you there and discussing all your blackcurrant needs!

James Hutton Limited, Dundee: Invergowrie Dundee DD2 5DA Scotland +44 (0)1382 568 568 

James Hutton Limited, Aberdeen: Craigiebuckler Aberdeen AB15 8QH Scotland +44 (0)8449 285 428