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

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

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


14 Aug 2023

Pack your bags…and join us on Solarpunk Island

We are well into the summer holidays and you might be dreaming of a desert island getaway. Well, look no further. It’s time to pack your bags and join us on Solarpunk Island!

31 Jul 2023

Botanics and Bioinformatics

One important and often overlooked aspect of PhD training is the chance to meet other researchers in the same or similar field as you, allowing for knowledge exchange and the forging of new connections.


31 Jul 2023

Funding Call: SEFARI Fellowship with the Scottish Government on Supporting the Development of the Biodiversity Investment Plan

SEFARI Gateway is delighted to provide support for a new Fellowship with the Scottish Government on the estimated costs for delivering key Scottish Biodiversity Strategy activities.  

17 Jul 2023

Funding Call: SEFARI Fellowship with Food Standards Scotland on determining the lifestyle factors which cause particular members of the older population to become ill with foodborne disease

SEFARI Gateway is delighted to provide support for a new Fellowship with Food Standards Scotland to assess the lifestyle factors which can place the older population at higher-risk of foodborne disease in Scotland, to aid in developing effective strategies to disseminate food safety information to the relevant grou


3 Oct 2023

Leading Ideas Hub 2 - Knowledge Exchange in Practice

Free to attend, this event brings together a range of knowledge exchange professionals to share tips and advice on best practice.

22 Aug 2023

Communicating research evidence to policy audiences

Hosted at the BioSS General Meeting in Aberdeen on August 22nd, this event (led by SEFARI Gateway and with the support of the BioSS Comms team) will offer practical tips for communicating evidence arising from complex research data.

10 Aug 2023

Potatoes in Practice 2023

Potatoes in Practice is the largest field-based potato event in the UK. The event brings together variety demonstrations, research and trade exhibits in one place - making it an essential date in the potato industry calendar.



3 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


3 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