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

Common Interest Groups: Helping smaller businesses to succeed through partnership

The food and drink supply chain is dominated by small and micro businesses. In Scotland more than 95% of businesses in the sector employ less than 12 people.

  • Rural Economy

The Demographic Challenges Facing Scotland's Sparsely Populated Areas

This case study summarises ongoing work exploring how changes in the population of remote and rural areas in Scotland affect the social, economic and ecological resilience of these areas.

  • Land and Communities
  • Rural Economy

The economic cost of animal disease: Winners and losers from Johne’s disease

SEFARI scientists, in collaboration with other research partners, provide evidence which informs the Scottish Government about the economic consequences of a

  • Agriculture
  • Rural Economy

The Fruits of Their Labour: Seasonal Farm Workers in Scottish Agriculture

Scotland’s agricultural sector relies heavily on seasonal non-UK workers, particularly from central and eastern Europe, to meet its labour demand. Despite their importance for this sector, there was a lack of detailed information about them This case study draws on findings from SRUC’s recent study, funded by the Scottish Government, which aimed to improve our understanding of the labour market in Scottish agriculture. 

  • Rural Economy


11 Dec 2018

Safeguarding our environment’s future can have an impact on our gardens today

We are delighted that Dr Katy Hayden from the Royal Botanic Garden together with the Plant Health Centre, have shared this example of the complexities and difficult decisions needed when protecting our environment with us.


11 Jan 2019

More fibre in your diet? Hutton science can help

"As part of the Institute’s recent Tay Cities International Barley Hub success, Hutton researchers are targeting alternative dietary fibres in barley and this could expand the use of barley in our diet besides whisky and beer"

9 Jan 2019

Potato scientists unravel genetics of tuber skin and flesh colour

"For the first time, we identified a specific miRNA in potato and demonstrated that a high level of it is strongly associated with purple skin and flesh colour"




2 days ago

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3 days ago

RT @PlantHealthScot: Read our latest project report by @FBurnettCropDoc which discusses the impact on Scottish Crops if the molluscicide Me…