SEFARI – Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutions

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 Portfolio 2022-2027 on agriculture, environment, food, land and rural communities.

Case Studies

Assessing the impact of different management interventions on perceived woodland benefits

The importance of ecosystems and biodiversity to human well-being is now well established as they provide benefits such as timber, pollination and coastal protection. 

  • Land and Communities
  • Climate and the Environment

Net zero opportunities to mitigate agricultural emissions in the North East of Scotland

The Scottish Government has committed to legally binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2045.

  • SEFARI Gateway
  • Agriculture
  • Climate and the Environment

Can open science aid the sustainable transition? Collaborative intercrop research with farmers highlights opportunities for data and knowledge sharing

Scotland has ambitious strategies for biodiversity protection and climate action with the intention of achieving a greener, fairer and just future.

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

Comparing Biodiversity Predictions by People and Computer Models for Woodland Management

Combining local, contextualised knowledge with generalised, scientific knowledge is seen as best practice in decision making for biodiversity management.

  • Land and Communities
  • Climate and the Environment


29 Apr 2022

Could a Circular Food System contribute to Nutrition Security and Sufficiency? The Bean Hull Case

With growing pressures on food resources, agricultural inputs (e.g., energy, soil, water), production costs and the environment, many of us are looking at how we can reduce food wastage whilst still ensuring we get adequate nutrition.

13 Apr 2022

Happier than a pig in mud: Exploring the importance of human and livestock mental wellbeing

The interconnection between people, animals, and their shared environment has been recognized for over a century and recently, the term ’One Health’ has come to describe this connection.


5 May 2022

New study highlights importance of ecological principles in agriculture

"By diversifying cropping systems at several scales there is potential to decrease reliance on inputs, provide resilience to abiotic and biotic stress, enhance plant, microbe, and animal biodiversity, and mitigate against climate change by using less fuel and storing more carbon in soils"

28 Apr 2022

Hutton science contributes to parliamentary session on the impact of Ukraine crisis on food supply chains

“We must not lose sight of long-term objectives - there is a risk that current responses reinforce the current system, which results in continued vulnerability to future shocks.


3 May 2022

SAGES Annual Science Meeting

The Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES) Annual Meeting is Scotland’s largest geoscience event.

27 Apr 2022

How to collaborate in a crisis: lessons from Scottish wastewater testing

Interested in rapid response collaborative research in Covid-19 and future crises?

Then don’t miss this forthcoming free and online Edinburgh University webinar 'How to collaborate in a crisis: lessons from Scottish wastewater testing' 12:30-14:00 on 27th April 2022.

26 Apr 2022

A3 SCOTLAND Conference

The focus of the conference is: Transition to net zero.

A3 Scotland 2022 is an inaugural not-for-profit conference for the Animal Health, Agritech and Aquaculture (AAA) sectors to encourage innovation, investment and collaboration.

12 Apr 2022

BSAS Conference

The British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) annual conference is one of the largest animal science events in the UK. This conference offers an opportunity for scientists, academics and farmers alike to participate in engaging discussion and debate surrounding issues at the heart of the industry.



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RT @EPScotland: 1 DAY to go to our #Soils, Our Planet & the Climate Crisis webinar (17 May 10.30-12.30pm) 🪑is @Soilfit Prof Lorna Dawson @HuttonEBS @SEFARIscot + Dr Helen Jones @SGRESAS Prof Des Thomson @nature_scot & @Ehsan_Geo_Eng Book👉 #SoilHealth #ClimateChange


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RT @COWSworms: @philip_skuce has led a @SEFARIscot project including COWS, discussing adverse environmental impacts of wormer use. "We need to be more aware of their effects on other creatures in the environment, as well as on the target parasites." More here