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

Microbe Safari: A new web resource for the public and learners

Microbes play a wide variety of essential roles in keeping our guts healthy and in supporting food and agriculture production.

  • Science Education
  • SEFARI Gateway
  • Climate and the Environment
  • Plant and Animal Health
  • Agriculture

Which habitats are at greatest risk from plant pests and pathogens?

Plant pests and pathogens can have a devastating impact not only on plant hosts but also the wider biodiversity that use the infected plant (e.g., for food, breeding and shelter).

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Plant and Animal Health

The Tarland Catchment: Monitoring landscape interventions to improve water quality, benefit riparian habitat and mitigate flooding

The Tarland Burn Catchment (~70 km2) has been studied since the year 2000 making it one of the longest running comprehensive catchment management case studies in the UK.

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Land and Communities
  • Rural Economy

What impact does tree planting have on soil carbon storage?

Increasingly trees are being promoted as a means to increase carbon storage and hence off-set climate change.

  • Climate and the Environment


16 May 2023

Low consumer fibre intake may be due to confusion over which foods contain fibre

In Scotland, the prevalence of those overweight and obese remains high.

2 May 2023

Gender Inequality in Climate Change

The imbalance in the way climate change is affecting women has risen to the surface over the last few years and it is a topic I have recently become more aware of too. This much needed attention is shining a spotlight on our decision-making, policies, research and how it could impact our future.


1 May 2023

Funding Call: SEFARI Fellowship with Rural and Environment Science Analytical Services on estimating nutritional density of agricultural products

SEFARI Gateway is delighted to provide support for a new Fellowship with the Scottish Government’s Rural and Environment Science Analytical Services (RESAS) seeking to develop estimates of the nutritional density of agricultural products produced in Scotland. The Fellowship


22 Jun 2023

Royal Highland Show 2023

One of Scotland’s most loved outdoor agricultural events, the annual Royal Highland Show highlights the best in farming, food and rural industry across Scotland.

18 May 2023

RESAS Science, Evidence and Policy Conference

Rural and Environmental Science and Analytical Services (RESAS), Scottish Government (SG) is organising the first science, evidence and policy conference that will bring together stakeholders from across the rural and environmental research and policy landscape in Scotland.

16 May 2023

SAGES 2023 Annual Science Meeting

The Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES) pools world-leading expertise in geoscience and environmental science from across Scotland’s research base, creating an multi-disciplinary alliance at the forefront of earth and environmental research.

19 Apr 2023

SEFARI Gateway Training Sessions - Policy Awareness & Impact

These sessions, organised by SEFARI Gateway and led by Newsdirect, are designed to help Scottish Government Strategic Research Portfolio colleagues to raise their awareness and understanding of policy, and identify opportunities where their research can have an impact.  



2 days ago

RT @SallieBailey20: Wonderful surprise today when @BritishEcolSoc The Niche arrived @JBloodworth & I made the cover feature 😀 "Mainstreaming - catalyst for transformative change" Thanks to #BES2022 workshop attendees for rich discussion #reversethecurve #biodiversityloss @SGRESAS @SEFARIscot


1 week ago

RT @BestwickC: Informative quick fire session #SPHC23 @PlantHealthScot projects - incl understanding control behaviours; sustainable disease control; plant heath risks; Green infrastructure biosecurity; Scot's pine disease; biosecurity resources-collab with growers, land managers throughout