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

Is the demographic tide turning for some Island Communities?

In recent months population trends in remote and Sparsely Populated Areas (SPA) of Scotland have become a political issue, not least due to fears about the likely impact of post-Brexit migration policy.

  • Communities and Wellbeing
  • Rural Economy

Long-term warming of the River Spey

River temperature influences biogeochemical processes and aquatic ecology.

  • Climate and the Environment

Scotland’s harmful acidic soils - Can liming improve cropping sustainability?

The Soil Survey of Scotland shows that large areas of Scotland have acidic soils. Soils with a pH less than 5.6 inhibit root growth, which can reduce crop yields.

  • agricultural systems and land management
  • Agriculture

Cadmium, crabmeat and consumer health

Crabmeat is an excellent source of protein but also provides good levels of important minerals, vitamins and beneficial omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Healthier Foods


25 Apr 2019

Developing capacity to understand and use climate projections for Scotland

The challenge of envisioning the future climate of Scotland has been made easier due to a new set of climate change projections for the UK (UKCP18).

8 Apr 2019

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Cropping Systems

We are pleased that Bob Rees, Scotland’s Rural College is able discuss reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cropping systems. This post was originally published b


18 Jun 2019

Now available: June 2019 issue of Hutton Highlights

"We'd love to hear what you think of it, so please send us your comments"

18 Jun 2019

New partnership to tackle potato industry challenges

"The large and innovative potato research programmes in Scotland are complementary with the diagnostic, skills and training and consultancy services available across all three partners"




9 hours ago

RT @StevenGThomson: With post Brexit farming & land-use policy options being discussed I thought these images from Creag Meagaidh National…


15 hours ago

RT @leenybum: Find out more how this recent bout of wet weather is impact on your crop management in the weekly update from @sruc #CropClin