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

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

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


19 Mar 2018

A Troubling Demographic Legacy for Scotland’s Sparsely Populated Areas

Recent scholarship suggests that the popular narrative of the Highland clearances, which looms large in Scotland’s cultural identity, is to some extent a late nineteenth and twentieth century myth.  Much of the out-migration, especially in the early phases, seems to have been voluntary, or at least unopposed.

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


24 May 2018

Logan wins through to final of national award

Staff at Logan Botanic Garden, near Stranraer, are celebrating after hearing that they have made it through to the final of this year’s Scottish Hospitality Awards.

23 May 2018

SRUC’s people strategy

Work is currently underway on developing our People Strategy, a key transformation project, which supports the delivery of our strategic priorities as outlined in our strategic plan.


28 May 2018

Rewarding the Delivery of Public Goods: How to Achieve this in Practice

SEFARI is delighted to be one of several sponsors of this biennial conference, alongside the likes of SRUC and the James Hutton Institute. This is the twelfth iteration of Scotland’s Biennial Land Use and the Environment conference.

30 May 2018

NSA Scotsheep - Moredun

NSA Scotsheep is Scotland's one-day premier event and is an important one in the calendar for sheep producers in Scotland, North of England & Ireland.

30 May 2018

Scotland’s Food Future: SEFARI Annual Scottish Parliament Showcase

We face some great challenges around the food we eat, and where we get it from. In SEFARI, Scotland has its own world-leading expertise helping meet those challenges.

11 Jun 2018

Gut Microbiology: No longer the forgotten Organ - Rowett INRA Conference 2018

The overall aim of the conference is to promote understanding of the role of the complex microbial ecosystems present in the digestive tract of man and animals, in maintaining health of the host.



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Many congratulations to Juliette, Jennifer and Anna Katrina. Also a big thank you @SRUC for hosting the PhD competition and #scienceforlife lecture this year.


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RT @SRUC: We were pleased to welcome Professor Philip Pardey from @UMNews to present this year's @SEFARIscot #ScienceforLife lecture, as he…