SEFARI – Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes

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 Programme 2016-2021 on agriculture, environment, food and land.

Case Studies

Not all roots are equal – so what?

Soil is, and always will be, a very valuable resource.

  • Climate and the Environment

The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018: Evidence needs for improving outcomes for Scotland’s island communities

The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 introduced several measures to ensure that there is a sustained focus across the Scottish Government and the public sector to meet the needs of island communities, now and in future.

  • Land and Communities
  • Rural Economy

Pigs and Poultry Optimising Production

With support from the SEFARI Gateway Responsive Opportunity Fund, Moredun Research Institute (MRI) and

  • SEFARI Gateway
  • Plant and Animal Health
  • Animal Health & Welfare

How can technology help ensure authenticity, provenance and traceability in Scottish Food Products?

The following case study summarises work delivered as part of a SEFARI Fellowship with Scotland Food and Drink (SFD) undertaken during 2019 to ascertain the current state of play regarding the technologies best suited to authenticity, provenance and traceability strategies. 

  • Food & Drink Innovation


1 Jun 2020

Barking up the right tree

In light of both climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, the question of food security is increasingly important.

22 May 2020

Sowing Wild Seeds

In these current challenging times, those of us lucky enough to have a garden, allotment or even a small amount of space in a window-box might be considering ‘growing our own’ food and wondering what we should plant. With a plethora of mail-order seeds available deciding what to grow can be challenging.


4 Jun 2020

New research to develop climate-resilient blackcurrants

“Development of climate-resilient varieties is high on the James Hutton Institute’s agenda and blackcurrants are an important species in understanding the effect of climate change”

2 Jun 2020

Soil fungi fundamental to diversity of forests

"Certain groups of fungi have critical roles in the establishment of tree seedlings: pathogenic fungi which are detrimental to survival, while mycorrhizal fungi are beneficial to the seedlings. This latter group are essential for the survival and growth of the trees"


19 Apr 2021

A3 SCOTLAND Conference

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

12 Apr 2021

Food & Drink Expo

One of the UK’s largest and most well-respected food and drink focused trade exhibitions, Food & Drink Expo is a biennial event for the grocery, food service, wholesale, manufacturing and speciality retail markets.


30 Oct 2020

6th World One Health Congress

Bridging One Health Science and Global Health Security Policy.

2 Jul 2020

Arable Scotland

Arable Scotland - Online

Now in its second year, Arable Scotland aims to bring together the key players in food production from farmers to distillers and exporters to demonstrate and discuss key industry issues such as innovative and sustainable farming.




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