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

The search for crop pathogens Achilles heels

Plant pathogens trigger changes in host plants that allow them to cause disease.  Understanding which molecules pathogens use to do this (termed effectors), how they allow infection to take place, and how they are detected

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

The impact of sustainable cropping on soil-borne diseases – a focus on Rhizoctonia solani AG3

The Centre for Sustainable Cropping (CSC) is a long-term experimental platform established to integrate all aspects of sustainability research on arable ecosystems.

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

Recommendations for landscape-level adaptive management for ecological, economic, and social outcomes

Improving the management of Scotland’s natural assets at a landscape-level for ecological, economic, and social outcomes is a priority for the Scottish Government and its partners.

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Agriculture
  • Land and Communities

Approaches to reducing potato waste by improving home storage and minimising greening

Potato is the number one wasted household food by weight, estimated at over 700,000 tonnes and with a cost of £555M per annum in the UK. Nearly half of the fresh potatoes bought by UK householders are thrown away.

  • Agriculture
  • Plant and Animal Health


6 Oct 2020

Is breakfast really an important meal of the day?

Despite strong public health advice on the importance of breakfast as part of a dietary approach for a healthy weight, very little is known about the importance of what to eat in the mor

15 Sep 2020

The science behind COVID-19 testing: A resource for Higher Biology

The importance of on-line educational resources that connect scientists with young learners has been brought into sharp focus during the COVID-19 pandemic.


28 Oct 2020

The search is on for the UK's best NEWBIE entrant farmers

“What made you start a farming business, what it covers and what you have achieved? We want to hear from you”

27 Oct 2020

Is the grass always greener? New entrant farmers from across Europe to exchange experiences

“This is a great opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and the sharing of lived experience between young and new entrant farmers in different country contexts, in order to contribute to innovation uptake and agricultural sustainability across Europe”


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

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.


24 Nov 2020

SAGES OnLine Annual Science Meeting 2020

SAGES ASM OnLine. A showcase of geoscience research highlights. Featuring daily @noon public webinars on COP26 and the Climate Emergency.

30 Oct 2020

6th World One Health Congress

Bridging One Health Science and Global Health Security Policy.



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RT @MoredunComms: PRESS RELEASE: An interdisciplinary team from the UK and Brazil have been awarded a £0.56M grant to help determine how di…


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The brown stomach worm, Teladorsagia circumcincta (pictured), is the most prevalent livestock roundworm parasite in the UK and has a major economic impact on the sheep industry - £4.40 extra per lamb to achieve finishing weight