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

Ecosystem resilience – Racomitrium heath

Racomitrium heath is a moss-dominated alpine habitat which is widespread and covers extensive areas in oceanic alpine regions.

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Plant and Animal Health

Does lime application to pastures offer win-win benefits for food production and biodiversity?

In the UK the addition of lime to agricultural land was strongly encouraged by Government subsidy payments to farmers, but since subsidies ceased in the late 1970’s the application of lime has declined with subsequent acid

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Agriculture

3D RNA-seq App improves large scale experimental data analysis – tools and training

High throughput sequencing is a powerful tool used to rapidly obtain information about nucleic acids and this can increase our understanding of the biology of a cell and assess changes that may indicate disease.

  • SEFARI Gateway
  • Science Education

Major weight loss in pregnant cows harms the development of their calves

Body condition scoring is a rapid way to assess fat coverage of livestock. In cattle it is scored on a 1 (lean) to 5 (obese) scale.

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

Blog

5 Jul 2021

Climate and biodiversity crises: increasing corporate demands for environmental monitoring data, reporting, and verification

This year, 2021, has seen a lot of activity spanning climate and biodiversity international agreements, national and organisational level initiatives related to the 2015 Paris Agreement and run up to the Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of the Parties (COP15) meeting in Kunming, including the proliferat

15 May 2021

How grassland farmers are tackling the climate and biodiversity crisis head on

The farming community are under pressure to not only produce more food and remain profitable but also for their practices to be more sustainable. Despite these pressures, the farming community is experimenting, adapting and sharing their findings.

News

22 Jul 2021

New Scottish knowledge portal to offer access to wealth of research

Torry beach in Aberdeen after Storm Frank in 2015. (Credit: Marine Scotland)

16 Jul 2021

Hutton scientists welcome National Food Strategy report

“There is untapped potential for urban agriculture to shift food systems in sustainable directions; local producers need to be incentivised to develop horticulture that delivers meaningful local employment, reduces food miles and makes food local again"

Events

26 Apr 2022

A3 SCOTLAND Conference

The focus of the conference is: Transition to net zero.

A3 Scotland 2022 is an inaugural not-for-profit conference for the Animal Health, Agritech and Aquaculture (AAA) sectors to encourage innovation, investment and collaboration.

25 Apr 2022

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.

 

1 Nov 2021

UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021

The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

12 Aug 2021

Potatoes in Practice 2021

Potatoes in Practice is the largest filed-based potato event in the UK.

Twitter

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Our latest #LeadingIdeas case study discusses biodiversity resilience and the ecosystem function of Racomitrium heath (a moss-dominated alpine habitat) to global change. ➡️https://t.co/wxkwy63NNL https://t.co/N38y0KJZeQ

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2 days ago

RT @MoredunComms: The Moredun "bio-bus" will be at Orkney Auction Mart on Thursday 26th August from 10am - 2pm FREE drop-in event, open to…

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