SEFARI – Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutions

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 Portfolio 2022-2027 on agriculture, environment, food, land and rural communities.

Case Studies

Livestock Health and Greenhouse Gases: A SEFARI Specialist Advisory Group

A SEFARI Gateway-funded Specialist Advisory Group brought together a broad range of expertise across key industry stakeholders, Government Policy Leads and relevant SEFARI researchers to discuss livestock health and greenh

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

Assessing the impact of different management interventions on perceived woodland benefits

The importance of ecosystems and biodiversity to human well-being is now well established as they provide benefits such as timber, pollination and coastal protection. 

  • Land and Communities
  • Climate and the Environment

Net zero opportunities to mitigate agricultural emissions in the North East of Scotland

The Scottish Government has committed to legally binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2045.

  • SEFARI Gateway
  • Agriculture
  • Climate and the Environment

Can open science aid the sustainable transition? Collaborative intercrop research with farmers highlights opportunities for data and knowledge sharing

Scotland has ambitious strategies for biodiversity protection and climate action with the intention of achieving a greener, fairer and just future.

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


13 May 2022

“They seek it here, they seek it there” - studying integrated water management

In this blog, Dr Kerry Waylen, a senior researcher in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Department at the James Hutton Institute, discusses the practical difficulties in aligning approaches to protect and improve water quality and ecology alongside those for managing flood risk.

29 Apr 2022

Could a Circular Food System contribute to Nutrition Security and Sufficiency? The Bean Hull Case

With growing pressures on food resources, agricultural inputs (e.g., energy, soil, water), production costs and the environment, many of us are looking at how we can reduce food wastage whilst still ensuring we get adequate nutrition.


28 Jun 2022

Best Soil in Show returns to highlight the importance of healthy soils

"The Best Soil in Show award recognises the efforts of farmers and land managers in managing their soils skilfully, now and for the future"

27 Jun 2022

Finding a needle in a haystack: exploring the rhizosphere microbiota in barley

"The genetic relationships between plants and the microbiota remain a complex jigsaw. However, today this joint effort has uncovered important pieces making us in the position to take a step forward towards the development of net-zero crops"


11 Aug 2022

Potatoes in Practice 2022

Potatoes in Practice is the largest field-based potato event in the UK. The event brings together variety demonstrations, research and trade exhibits in one place - making it an essential date in the potato industry calendar.

5 Jul 2022

Arable Scotland 2022

Scotland's premier arable event, featuring talks and trade stands focussing on knowledge and solutions for the arable industry.

23 Jun 2022

Royal Highland Show 2022

One of Scotland’s most loved outdoor agricultural events, the annual Royal Highland Show returns to celebrate its 200th anniversary highlighting the best in farming, food and rural industry across Scotland.

3 May 2022

SAGES Annual Science Meeting

The Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES) Annual Meeting is Scotland’s largest geoscience event.



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RT @FBurnettCropDoc: @ArableScotland next Tuesday 5th July. Key discussions and excellent demos from all the exhibitors. See you there 👍 @SRUC @AHDB_Scot @JamesHuttonInst @FASScot