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

Learning By Doing: Understanding and Managing for Ecological Resilience

Our natural environment is facing threats from a range of environmental drivers, including climate change, invasive non-native species, novel pests and diseases, over-exploitation, and pollution.

  • Climate and the Environment

Mycotoxin contamination in cereal products and human exposure from the diet

Mycotoxins are unavoidable, natural food contaminants which are produced by fungi growing on agricultural crops.

  • Food & Drink Innovation
  • Healthier Foods

Climate Change and Parasitism – Breaking the Cycle

This case study will summarise ongoing research on Teladorsagia circumcincta, one of the most common and economically important endemic parasites to control in sheep in the UK.

  • Agriculture
  • Climate and the Environment
  • Plant and Animal Health

Socioeconomic and biodiversity impacts of driven grouse moors in Scotland

In May 2017, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform announced commissioning of “research into the costs and benefits of large shooting estates to Scotland’s economy and biodiversity”1

  • Climate and the Environment


30 Jan 2019

Can you prevent a cowtastrophy?

The 2001 outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in the United Kingdom led to the culling of over six million animals and cost an estimated £8bn.

17 Dec 2018

When is a scientist not a scientist? When they’re a science policy and impact officer!

Clearly I’ll never cut it in comedy – so what exactly does a science policy and impact officer do and why do SEFARI institutes such as the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) need one?


13 Mar 2019

Don’t close the door on European funding, say organisations across Britain

"Science is the main hope for solving many of our ecological, environmental, technological and health problems. It must not be forgotten in the debate about our future relationship with the EU"

12 Mar 2019

Excellence accolade for innovative Hutton-IGS Knowledge Transfer Partnership

“The initial work of the KTP has snowballed into a multi-million-pound capital investment programme that will transform the science undertaken across the entire Institute. It will have impacts on our scientific direction and interaction with industry for many years to come”




1 month ago

We are looking for a new Director to help get the #environmental, #rural and #agriculture research delivered by @JamesHuttonInst @BioSScotland @MoredunComms @rowett_abdn @TheBotanics @SRUC to those who need it, at the right time and in the right form


1 month ago

RT @andrewkelloe: Something (succinct) I wrote for the Parklife project, as part of @EdiLivingLab. This new @nesta_uk project explores how…