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

Consumers’ willingness to pay for Specially Selected Pork

Scotland’s pork sector is under financial pressure. One way to address this could be to increase the value added to Scottish pork.

  • Animal Health & Welfare

Low-intensity cereal rotation and organic production can reduce the risk of mycotoxin contamination in oats

Mycotoxins are naturally occurring toxins produced by fungal infection of agricultural crops.

  • Agriculture
  • Food & Drink Innovation
  • Healthier Foods

Measurement of Antimicrobial Usage: What Can We Learn Across Livestock Sectors?

Microbes (e.g., bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi) can become resistant to clinical or veterinary drugs (antimicrobials) that are used to treat disease.

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Health & Welfare
  • SEFARI Gateway

The Transport, Fate and Impact of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment in Scotland

Pharmaceutical pollution in the environment has recently been receiving a lot of attention. Medicines enter wastewater streams and even after treatment, some end up in surface water.

  • SEFARI Gateway


26 Sep 2023

Everyday Circularity: Researching behaviours and business practices in the transition to a Circular Economy

Overconsumption and high levels of resource use are challenges contributing significantly to the climate and biodiversity crises.

21 Sep 2023

How to tackle TV interviews – SEFARI Gateway supported training

To help a group of scientists and experts across Scotland’s Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutions (SEFARI) build their skills around media engagement, SEFARI Gateway recently funded two media training sessions with former senior editors who now specialise in media training and strategic co



28 Feb 2024

Scotland Europe Initiative Workshop: Agriculture

The workshop focuses on the effects of Brexit on the Agriculture and Food Sector in Scotland and marks the 11th event in a series under the RSE’s Scotland – Europe Initiative, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh's Europa Institute.



8 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


8 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


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