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

Governing Scotland’s natural resources: are our policies sufficiently joined -up?

Decisions about natural resources need to balance multiple interests and goals in order to safeguard Scotland’s economic, social and environmental prosperity

  • Climate and the Environment

Citizen Science: How to Investigate Pests and Diseases Under Climate Change

We have created a state-of-the-art, and free to download, desktop app to provide climate change risk assessments for crops pests and diseases in the UK that anyone can use.

  • Agriculture
  • Climate and the Environment

Protecting our soil and securing the way ahead

A large proportion of the Scottish strategic road network in the Highlands is vulnerable to landslides.

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Land and Communities

Food Reformulation: Making Processed Foods Healthier

This article we will explain some some of the ways we are incorporating healthy ingredients from a variety of sources into recipes to develop novel formulations of foods.

  • Food & Drink Innovation
  • Healthier Foods


1 Oct 2018

Climate Change - Discussing Extreme Scenarios

This week is Climate Week, which seeks to raise awareness of the issues and highlight how Scotland is a world leader in trying to tackle climate chan

25 Sep 2018

Antimicrobials: A topic for the table

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has become a major public health and food safety concern across the world, with resistance often being considered as one of the biggest challenges facing us.


4 Oct 2018

New grants for groundbreaking plant science research

"One of the most pressing questions for this research area is how to rationally predict the outcome of plant-microbiome interactions under agriculture-relevant conditions"

2 Oct 2018

Exploring the potential of remote sensing to estimate peatland carbon emissions

"The application of remote sensing to models of carbon fluxes is a viable research method over Northern peatlands, but further work is needed to develop more comprehensive carbon cycle models"


5 Nov 2018

Biodiversity Conservation Post 2020: New Challenges and New Approaches

We are delighted to be one of the supporters of this timely conference aimed at explorig the new challenges facing biodiversity conservation and identifying new and innovative solutions. The conference is hosted by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

14 Nov 2018

Science and the Parliament

We are delighted to be attending and exhibiting at the 18th annual Science and the Parliament event. This year we will be showcasing a new app called Cowtastrophy, which demonstrates how mathmatical modelling can help in the respnse to an animal disease outbreak. 

20 Nov 2018

Food Matters Live

We are delighted to be attending and exhibiting and this major food and drink event for the fourth consecutive year.

28 Nov 2018

Rewarding the Delivery of Public Goods: How to Achieve this in Practice?

We are delighted to be one of the supporters of this biannual conference, which this year looks to explore how environmental public goods can be assessed in a cost-effective and transparent way.



18 hours ago

RT @rowett_abdn: Visit us on the @sefariscot stand 780 @foodmatterslive. Don't know who we are? Let us show you. #foodmatterslive2018 #lead


1 day ago

RT @DavyMcCracken: Book now - Rewarding the delivery of public goods: how to achieve this in practice? 28-29 Nov, Edinburgh.