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

Developing a novel vaccine to protect sheep from chlamydial abortion

The bacterial pathogen Chlamydia abortus is responsible for causing the disease ovine enzootic abortion (OEA), also known as enzootic abortion of ewes (EAE).

  • Plant and Animal Health
  • Animal Health & Welfare

Biosecurity, sustainable livestock parasite control and messaging

Roundworms and sheep scab mites are common throughout the UK and threaten the health, welfare and productivity of grazing livestock.

  • Plant and Animal Health
  • Rural Economy
  • Animal Health & Welfare

Small, but Mighty: Understanding animal disease using miniature lab-grown organs

Infectious diseases have a major impact on the welfare and productivity of animals raised for food production worldwide.

  • Agriculture
  • Plant and Animal Health
  • Animal Health & Welfare

Food system disruptions and food insecurity in Scotland: learning from food support workers

There is significant food insecurity in Scotland and to tackle it, the Scottish Government has published Cash-First

  • Land and Communities
  • Food; Healthier Foods


28 Mar 2024

What can young people's social connections tell us about their migration patterns in rural Scotland?

Youth out-migration in Scotland’s rural communities remains a significant concern, and increasing levels of youth retention, in-migration, and return are seen as key to longer-term population sustainability.

22 Mar 2024

Your Planet Your Future

Over 600 school children aged 11 to 18 years old from 9 council areas in Scotland attended the ‘Your Plant-Your Future’ event at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh on 5th March 2024.



18 Sep 2024

A3 Scotland 2024

This not-for-profit conference for the Aquaculture, Agritech and Animal Health (AAA) sectors, brings together industry, investors, scientists and government officials from all over the world.


2 Jul 2024

Arable Scotland 2024

Scotland's premier arable event, featuring talks and trade stands focussing on knowledge and solutions for the arable industry.

18 Apr 2024

Shaping the Science for Scotland’s Food Future

The Shaping the Science for Scotland’s Food Future Summit will be on the 18th April 2024 at Dynamic Earth. 

9 Apr 2024

BSAS Conference 2024

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.



10 months ago

RT @philip_skuce: Get the feeling you're being watched? Great to be back up @VAntolovi, saw & heard osprey, lapwing, curlew, oyster catcher, meadow pipit & skylark, even found a few Galba snails, maybe need an app for those too?! 👍🐌🐦😎@MoredunComms @SEFARIscot


10 months ago

RT @AgroEcoAtJHI: @JamesHuttonInst @HuttonSEGS would love to hear farmer's opinions on Bere (heritage barley). Insights will direct efforts on #cropdiversification, #shortvaluechains, and #foodculture. Thanks for your support! @SEFARIscot, @Econutri30, @eu_radiant, @scotlandbread, @ScotSeedSov