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 cost of peatland restoration in Scotland

Peatland restoration could make a considerable contribution in achieving national emission targets and is a vital part of Scotland’s strategy in moving tow

  • Climate and the Environment

Modelling the effect of social networks in reducing meat consumption

Our food consumption is guided by perceive norms and the food choices of others around us.

  • Healthier Foods
  • Climate and the Environment

Protein for Life – Supporting healthy ageing in partnership with the food sector

Protein intake is insufficient among middle-aged and older adults in the UK, and this insufficiency is a major contributor to ill health and disability.

  • Food & Drink Innovation
  • Healthier Foods

Nematodirus battus: Is it likely to spiral out of control?

Farming practices are evolving in response to intensification, diversification and climate change.

  • Plant and Animal Health
  • Agriculture


14 Jul 2020

Researching the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food habits

The COVID-19 pandemic emergency has caused major disruption to our physical and social environments, and there are likely to be knock-on effects on our food habits.

2 Jul 2020

Taste of Plants

Eating a nutritious and more environmentally sustainable diet is an increasing priority. Growing and consuming novel crops could form part of the solution.


13 Aug 2020

Not seeing the carbon for the trees? Mapping net change in carbon from afforestation in Scotland

“This work shows why it is important to continue with the existing presumption against planting trees in deep peat areas, but that additional incentives or constraints may be needed to achieve the overall rates of emission mitigation that policy commitments imply”

11 Aug 2020

New version of Germinate launched

"We have developed new features for Germinate that will allow plant breeders and other scientists to explore, visualize and export data into other commonly used analysis tools from a single platform"


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.


30 Oct 2020

6th World One Health Congress

Bridging One Health Science and Global Health Security Policy.

2 Jul 2020

Arable Scotland

Arable Scotland - Online

Now in its second year, Arable Scotland aims to bring together the key players in food production from farmers to distillers and exporters to demonstrate and discuss key industry issues such as innovative and sustainable farming.




23 hours ago

Our latest #LeadingIdeas case study written by colleagues @SRUC @JamesHuttonInst @BioSScotland examines #peatland restoration activities and costs in Scotland ➡️


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