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Implementing an Ecosystem Approach in Aberdeenshire

This research briefing summarises the results of a governance and policy analysis for Aberdeenshire. It was undertaken using funding from the Ecosystem Services Theme of the Scottish Government Environmental Change Programme 2011-2016 to support Aberdeenshire Council with the first stage of the Regional Land Use Pilot project. The specific research was not directly commissioned or endorsed by Scottish Government.

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Published on 11 June 2014 in Sustainability and Communities , Ecosystems and biodiversity

Recent Briefings in Sustainability and Communities

Plant Traits, Functional Diversity, and Ecosystem Services

The protection of biodiversity is seen increasingly within the context of ecosystem service delivery, but understanding how biodiversity controls the delivery of ecosystem functions and processes, and hence final ecosystem services, is not straightforward. Read more

Published on 13 May 2014 in Sustainability and Communities , Ecosystems and biodiversity

Linkages between Functional Traits can Predict Ecosystem Services

Research at the James Hutton Institute has addressed how traits can be used to link different trophic levels and to understand how management impacts cascade through functional pathways in ecosystems. Read more

Published on 3 April 2014 in Sustainability and Communities , Ecosystems and biodiversity

Electronic Identification as a tool for Precision Livestock Management

The aim of this brief is to present some ideas on how to use EID as a management tool in beef and sheep systems, based on research, demonstration and knowledge exchange activities conducted by research staff at SRUC's Hill & Mountain Research Centre, Kirkton and Auchtertyre research farms. Read more

Published on 24 March 2014 in Sustainability and Communities , Food, health and wellbeing

Improving Policy: Learning from Farmers Responses to Knowledge Exchange

Understanding the science of effective knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) and evaluating activities to investigate their potential impact, as well as barriers to innovation, forms an important part of our research. Read more

Published on 24 March 2014 in Sustainability and Communities

The Agricultural Knowledge and Information System in the UK

This research aimed to describe the Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems (AKIS) in the UK to better understand who produces and exchanges agricultural knowledge. Read more

Published on 13 March 2014 in Sustainability and Communities

Can Deer Management Help Control Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases?

The impact of reducing deer numbers by fencing or culling was shown to have an impact on tick abundance, this research showed. Read more

Published on 24 February 2014 in Sustainability and Communities , Food, health and wellbeing

Controlling Ticks by Treating Deer with Acaricides

This research used a mathematical modelling approach to explore whether treating deer with acaricide could, in theory, be an effective way of controlling ticks as an alternative to culling deer. Read more

Published on 21 February 2014 in Sustainability and Communities , Food, health and wellbeing

Peatland Restoration may aid the Ecosystem Service of Regulating Pests and Disease

This research looked at the impact on tick numbers when forestry was felled and the land restored to peatlands. Read more

Published on 19 February 2014 in Sustainability and Communities , Food, health and wellbeing

Breeding For Climate Change: Future-Proofing The Scottish Potato Industry

The ability to adapt potato to withstand multiple pest, pathogens and environmental stresses is critical to its future growth as a major food source. Read more

Published on 27 January 2014 in Sustainability and Communities , Climate, water and energy , Food, health and wellbeing

EPIC - The Scottish Government's Centre of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks

The overarching purpose of EPIC is to provide access to high quality advice and analyses on the epidemiology and control of animal diseases that are important to Scotland and to best prepare for the next major disease incursion. Read more

Published on 17 October 2013 in Sustainability and Communities , Food, health and wellbeing

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