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

A Test is Best: A New Sheep Scab Blood Test Helps Control Disease on the Isle of Mull & Iona

Sheep scab is a highly contagious disease caused by infestation with the mite Psoroptes ovis.

  • Plant and Animal Health

Scotland’s Dinner Plate 2050

Leading industry and SEFARI science representatives from Scotland’s food, drink and agricultural sectors came together to discuss and speculate what Scotland’s dinner plate may look like in 2050. 

  • Food & Drink Innovation
  • Healthier Foods
  • SEFARI Gateway

Infrared Spectroscopy – Helping to Protect Scotland’s Soils

Infrared (IR) Spectroscopy is a versatile analytical technique that can characterise a wide

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Science Education

Exploring the Gender Pay Gap in Rural Scotland

This scoping study explored the extent of the gender pay gap in rural Scotland, how it has changed over recent years, and potential reasons that might explain its extent and fluctuations over time.

  • Rural Economy


14 Nov 2019

‘Plant Teams’ on Lismore - Sharing Knowledge Whatever the Weather!

In this blog, we are delighted Dr Alison Karley is able to share with us details of her recent Responsive Opportunity project, during which she visited the island of Lismore to discuss intercropping and the benefits it can have for agricultural sustainability.

1 Nov 2019

Knowledge exchange, medicated grit and Scottish grouse moors

We are delighted that in this blog Dr Beth Wells from the Moredun Research Institute discusses how her fellowship is helping with the effective use of medicated grit on Scottish grouse moors.


5 Dec 2019

World Soil Day: why we need to protect our peatlands from erosion

"Every year, we lose some of our precious agricultural soil to erosion, and, similarly, out of our 1.9 million hectares of peatland, about 270,000 hectares show evidence of peat erosion"

5 Dec 2019

World Soil Day: the disappearing ground beneath our feet

"We cannot be complacent if we want to conserve the soil and the carbon, nutrients and biodiversity it holds for future generations"


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.



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RT @SRUC: The importance of ensuring a future for 'high nature value' farmlands across the globe has been highlighted in a new paper publis…


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The threat to #biodiversity is increasingly recognised as a global challenge on a par with climate change, find out in our latest blog how our #LeadingIdeas researchers having been working with others to help