SEFARI – Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes

SEFARI aims to deliver ‘Leading Ideas for Better Lives’, reflecting that publicly funded research in Scotland must ultimately deliver positive impact for individuals, whether in Scotland or elsewhere.

As a collective, we collaborate to deliver the Scottish Government funded Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021 on agriculture, environment, food and land.

Case Studies

Tail biting in pigs: developing a machine vision early warning system for farmers

Tail biting affects growing pigs in Scotland and around the world and has no simple solution.

  • Plant and Animal Health

Developing a"Genetic Scorecard": A World-first for Scotland

The following case study summarises a SEFARI Think Tank involving the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and Scottish Natural Heritage.

  • Climate and the Environment; Science Education
  • SEFARI Gateway
  • Science Education
  • Food & Drink Innovation

Connecting research and management needs for the Cairngorms National Park

The following case study summarises work delivered as part of a recent SEFARI Fellowship with the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA).

  • SEFARI Gateway
  • Climate and the Environment

Protecting Potatoes - Scotland's Story

Since the emergence of late blight (Phytophthora infestans) in the 1840s this disease has presented a major challenge to the potato industry, with annual losses estimated to be £55 million in the UK.

  • SEFARI Gateway
  • Science Education
  • Climate and the Environment
  • Agriculture


4 Feb 2020

Innovative New Tool: Food swapping for healthier and more sustainable diets

Despite national dietary guidelines, our typical diet still contains too many calories, saturated fat, salt and sugar, whilst having insufficient amounts of fibre, fruits, vegetables and fish.


19 Feb 2020

World’s first ‘climate positive’ gin produced from peas

"This is not simply a story of a new gin but is in fact another great example of Scottish teamwork and ingenuity. Nàdar is fully provenanced as a sustainable Scottish product"

11 Feb 2020

New research highlights long-term impact of flooding on communities

"Such flooding continues to have a significant impact on people’s personal well-being, livelihoods, and property. This study reveals the consequence of such events on people and communities and the potential legacy of such increasingly frequent damaging storms, both now and into the future"


27 Nov 2019

SAGES’19 Symposium: Global Climate Challenges for a Blue Green Economy - Evidence, Relevance, Solutions.

Practical solutions to challenges posed by global anthropogenic climate change are non-global: in national and regional regulatory frameworks, in devolved implementation of policy, in behavioural acceptance and desire for change, and in process-level understanding underpinning systems science research.

15 Jan 2020

Reception to celebrate the 350th Anniversary of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is holding a reception at the Scottish Parliament, sponsored by Ms Christine Grahame MSP.

16 Jan 2020

Pigs and Poultry - Optimising Production

The event will showcase new developments in vaccine development, animal welfare and nutrition which underpin sustainable production in the pig and poultry sectors.

30 Mar 2020

Food & Drink Expo 2020

One of the UK’s largest and most well-respected food and drink focused trade exhibitions, Food & Drink Expo is a biennial event for the grocery, food service, wholesale, manufacturing and speciality retail markets.



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