SEFARI – Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes

SEFARI is the collective of six world-leading Scottish Research Institutes working on Environment, Food, Agriculture, Land Use, Rural Economy, Communities, Animal and Plant Disease, Biodiversity, Nutrition and a lot more.

Case Studies

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

The Health Benefits of Dietary Fibre

SEFARI scientists are investigating the potential benefits of supplementary soluble indigestible fibres for promoting healthy weight loss.

  • Healthier Foods

Assessing the Importance of Trees for the Wider Environment

Recently there has been a rapid increase in the spread and number of non-native tree pests and pathogens around the world.

  • Climate and the Environment

Maximising the Benefits of Peatland Restoration: Right place, Right time and Best Practice

Scotland has committed to peatland restoration as part of its array of policies to tackle climate change.

  • Climate and the Environment


1 Mar 2018

A SEFARI ‘surf & turf’ roadtrip

Despite the inclement weather forecast, two intrepid SEFARI scientists braved the elements to attend a ‘Pig Summit’ organised by the Scottish Pig Producers Organisation (SPPO) in Perth on 6th Dec., and the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) Technical Meeting in

18 Dec 2017

Visualising Complexity

Complex, multidimensional, interconnected data can be extremely difficult to communicate effectively even using classic visualisation tools. Gone are the days when we can just draw a straight line through a 2D scatter graph. 


21 Mar 2018

A new kind of university

SRUC will become a new, 21st-Century university.

21 Mar 2018

New mobile sensory lab hits the road

SRUC’s new mobile sensory lab, which will allow consumers around the UK to play an important role in livestock genetics, was officially unveiled this week.


23 Mar 2018

Social Network Analysis Workshop - SRUC

SRUC will be running a workshop teaching social network analysis (SNA) as part of the DataFest Fringe. 

7 Apr 2018

The Nature of Food - SEFARI at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

Food is connected with just about every aspect of our lives.  With a ‘Good Food Nation Bill’ on the way in Scotland, SEFARI presents a week of tasty science exploring what we eat and how the nation’s diet affects our health and the health of the natural world.

25 Apr 2018

Next Steps for Tackling Obesity in Scotland - Holyrood Event

This one day event will examine the future policy actions required to tackle Scotland’s obesity problem, following the conclusion of ‘A Healthier Future – Action, Ambitions on Diet, Activity and Healthy Weight’ consultation as we look ahead to the imminent Scottish Government strategy.  This event is organised by 

28 Apr 2018

Equine Grass Sickness Research Conference

To mark the 30th Anniversary of the Moredun Foundation Equine Grass Sickness Fund, Moredun Research Institute are holding a conference to hear from the key scientists involved in equine grass sickness research and ask the important question ‘where next?’



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