On Tuesday we were delighted to welcome Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Mairi Gougeon to our premises along with the C2 Network and RGU. The afternoon consisted of running through our bio-economy projects and an overview of our business activity and the challenges we are currently facing within our industry.

The topics from Cherry Wainwright, RGU included a proof of concept project looking at daffodil-derived alkaloids as potential anti-fibrotic agents and a PhD studentship looking at the valorisation of biomass from the daffodil growing industry. Both of these projects are ongoing and we are working in collaboration with the University on the supply of bulbs and assisting in identifying daffodil varieties with the greatest extraction potential.

Helen Glass, SAOS/C2 Network, focussed on Driving positive change through collaboration with agri co-ops. Examples included exploring Green Hydrogen from a co-operative perspective to benefit the agricultural and rural communities by collaborating with the wider industries.

It is important that Governments recognise the importance of funding projects like the daffodil-derived alkaloids and valorisation of biomass which could prove life-changing to many individuals as well as strengthen the bio-economy of Scotland. Green Hydrogen has fantastic prospects in Scotland and in the agricultural sector specifically and the work already carried out shows that collaboration and co-operation between industries and businesses really will push this along and make a difference to net-zero targets.