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

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

Protein for Life – Developing food opportunities for a healthy, ageing population

'Protein for Life' is designed to identify and develop guidelines for protein products for healthy ageing (living a better, longer life) that are cost effective, sustainable and enjoyable.

  • Food & Drink Innovation
  • Healthier Foods

Make Innovation Happen: Helping Food and Drink Businesses Succeed

SEFARI is an important partner in ‘Make Innovation Happen’, which is an initiative coordinated by the Scotland Food and Drink Partnership.

  • Food & Drink Innovation
  • Rural Economy


13 Jun 2018

A One-stop Shop Helping Safeguard Scotland Against Plant Health Threats

We are pleased that Professor Ian Toth, Head of the Plant Health Centre, is able to tell us more about this new virtual centre and why working together is crucial for enhancing Scotland's resilience in the face of threats to arable crops, trees, horticulture, and wild plants.

29 May 2018

Show(case), not just tell...

We are pleased that Annemarie Gibson of Circamedia, an Edinburgh-based film and multimedia production company, has provided us with some insights into what excited her whilst learning about SEFARI research and ultimately telling our story on film.


19 Jul 2018

Home Pony raises the bar

Show jumpers from across the Home Nations will be battling it out at SRUC’s Oatridge campus as the Harbro Scottish Home Pony returns to Scotland’s National Equestrian Centre.

19 Jul 2018

A ‘Beast’ of a challenge

This year’s winter wheat competition at Scotland’s Rural College is proving a “Beast” of a challenge for students.


9 Aug 2018

Potatoes in Practice 2018

Potatoes in Practice is the largest field-based potato event in the UK. The event brings together a variety of demonstrations, research and trade exhibits in one place making it an essential date in the potato industry calendar.

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.



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RT @JamesHuttonInst: Field demonstrations in full swing at #FruitfortheFuture in Dundee - here's Susan McCallum @HuttonCMS discussing the l…