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

Making Green Infrastructure Socially Inclusive: Principles and Challenges

Green Infrastructure consists of interconnected multifunctional green spaces and green features.

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Land and Communities
  • Rural Economy

Liver fluke risk and Agri-environment Schemes: a Tale of Toads, Snails and Wetland Birds

In this case study, we describe field investigations of liver fluke risk to livestock associated with grazing under two different agri-environmental schemes and discuss best practice for conservation grazing and sustainabl

  • Agriculture
  • Climate and the Environment
  • Plant and Animal Health

New crop protection targets to control late blight

Control of plant diseases such as potato late blight relies heavily on the use of crop protection products such as fungicides.

  • Agriculture
  • Plant and Animal Health
  • Climate and the Environment

Integrated Pest Management: How widely have these management practices been adopted?

Arable crops like wheat and barley, are frequently under attack from diseases, weeds, insects and slugs. These lead to reductions in yield and affect the profitability of farms and the price of produce.

  • Agriculture
  • Climate and the Environment
  • Plant and Animal Health
  • Rural Economy


10 Dec 2020

Extending reality: Helping farmers experience in-field events virtually

Currently, we are all experiencing unique working conditions, leading us to adapt to new ways of engaging and learning.  

20 Nov 2020

Beating the Winter Blues

Winter is here and this might conjure thoughts of cosy nights by a fire, mulled wine, and the holiday season. However, it also brings colder days and longer nights and for some Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).


2 Mar 2021

Women and 'Global South' missing from list of top-publishing ecologists

"We need the perspective provided by a diverse group of scientists in order to address the serious environmental problems faced by the world today, like climate change, pollution and the loss of biodiversity"

26 Feb 2021

RELOCAL conference: achieving a spatially and socially just Europe

"The tool developed by Dr Currie and Dr Piras was used to analyse the 33 case studies to be showcased during the conference"


5 Jul 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.


21 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

BSAS Conference - The Challenge Of Change: The New Normal?

The British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) conference will cover cutting edge research in animal science, agriculture, policy and trade, education and knowledge exchange.

23 Mar 2021

High Performance Computing and Data Sharing - Virtual Workshop

Science is becoming ever more data driven, with many aspects of biology requiring increasing levels of computing power for data analysis, visualization, mathematical modelling, data simulations and computational biology.



27 min ago

RT @MoredunComms: Moredun's Dr Philip Skuce will be chairing a SEFARI One Health session at this year's BSAS virtual conference, taking pla…


28 min ago

We are really pleased to be supporting this excellent virtual conference next month & hosting a #OneHealth debate. Many thanks to @Soilfit @Lisa_A_Boden @L_Higham @FroggySimon @Farming1point5 @EpicScotland for agreeing to take part Full programme ➡️