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

Citizen Science: How to Investigate Pests and Diseases Under Climate Change

We have created a state-of-the-art, and free to download, desktop app to provide climate change risk assessments for crops pests and diseases in the UK that anyone can use.

  • Agriculture
  • Climate and the Environment

Protecting our soil and securing the way ahead

A large proportion of the Scottish strategic road network in the Highlands is vulnerable to landslides.

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Land and Communities

Food Reformulation: Making Processed Foods Healthier

This article we will explain some some of the ways we are incorporating healthy ingredients from a variety of sources into recipes to develop novel formulations of foods.

  • Food & Drink Innovation
  • Healthier Foods

Science and Innovation:The Nutrients for Growing a UK Blueberry Industry

Blueberries have gained in popularity amongst UK consumers. Currently UK blueberries supply only 5% of demand and there is a huge opportunity to increase home grown supply. 

  • Food & Drink Innovation
  • Healthier Foods
  • Plant and Animal Health
  • Rural Economy


6 Sep 2018

No Hitchhikers! Biosecurity on display at the Botanics

We are pleased that Dr Katy Hayden, Plant Health Officer, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), can tell us more about a new interactive public exhibit on plant and animal biosecurity at the RBGE.

8 Aug 2018

Protecting Potatoes: Unearthing Scotland’s Story

We are delighted that Max Coleman, Science Communicator, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), can tell us more about our much loved tatties.


21 Sep 2018

Hutton researcher success in Converge Challenge 2018

"Dr Orrell’s MycoNourish product customises the interactions of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and plant roots to suit specific production systems"

20 Sep 2018

New farmers award launched to highlight innovation, entrepreneurship and resilience

"Whether they’re developing a new business on an existing farm, or starting out on their own, young people work long hours for years to make their businesses a success"


25 Sep 2018

Antimicrobials and Food Production: Should We Be Worried?

SEFARI is delighted to fund this cross-cutting event bringing together those from the food industry, academics, and policymakers to discuss and raise awareness of ongoing research on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in livestock production.

4 Oct 2018

Next steps for tackling obesity in Scotland

An event exploring the future policy needed to tackle Scotland’s obesity problem, following the release of the Scottish Government's new Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery Plan.



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RT @philip_skuce: WP2.1 Lead, Alison Lees @JamesHuttonInst kicks off today's stakeholder KE event @ScotGovSASA, covering strategic research…