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

Potato tuber development and quality: Why do some potato varieties sprout more than others?

Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) is one of the world's most economically important food crops and holds major significance for future food security.

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

High and dry - Drought resilience in alpine vegetation and soils

The alpine zone supports some of our most natural habitats and provides ecosystem services including carbon storage, nutrient cycling and water quality.

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Plant and Animal Health

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


20 Aug 2021

Woodland Creation Workshops - September-October 2021!

Do you have an interest in undertaking woodland creation or finding out about some of the challenges, opportunities and support available for developing a woodland scheme?

15 Jul 2021

WaterWall in Motion - A competition to share your water-related videos

From waterfalls to lochs, hydroelectric power to fisheries, Scotland is a country shaped by, and built on, its precious water resources. In this exciting campaign we invite researchers, industry, NGOs and the public from across Scotland to share your experiences, knowledge and expertise of our water resources.


15 Sep 2021

Hutton expertise contributes to Lords inquiry into nature-based solutions for climate change

"Dr Artz’s contribution to this evidence session is an excellent example of research feeding directly into the policy process, and reflects the very high standard of work that Dr Artz and her team undertake on this critical topic"

15 Sep 2021

Branching out into woodland creation

There is a sufficient level of interest among landowners and managers to meet the current woodland creation targets for Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, new research has found.


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.



3 days ago

RT @philip_skuce: Enjoyable morning discussing sustainable parasite control at @ElancoLivestock Access to Knowledge (A2K) online event. Exc…


4 days ago

RT @HuttonSEGS: What do we consider the "right tree in the right place" in the Cairngorms National Park, and why? And what do we need to…