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

Low-intensity cereal rotation and organic production can reduce the risk of mycotoxin contamination in oats

Mycotoxins are naturally occurring toxins produced by fungal infection of agricultural crops.

  • Agriculture
  • Food & Drink Innovation
  • Healthier Foods

Measurement of Antimicrobial Usage: What Can We Learn Across Livestock Sectors?

Microbes (e.g., bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi) can become resistant to clinical or veterinary drugs (antimicrobials) that are used to treat disease.

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Health & Welfare
  • SEFARI Gateway

The Transport, Fate and Impact of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment in Scotland

Pharmaceutical pollution in the environment has recently been receiving a lot of attention. Medicines enter wastewater streams and even after treatment, some end up in surface water.

  • SEFARI Gateway

Microbe Safari: A new web resource for the public and learners

Microbes play a wide variety of essential roles in keeping our guts healthy and in supporting food and agriculture production.

  • Science Education
  • SEFARI Gateway
  • Climate and the Environment
  • Plant and Animal Health
  • Agriculture


26 Sep 2023

Everyday Circularity: Researching behaviours and business practices in the transition to a Circular Economy

Overconsumption and high levels of resource use are challenges contributing significantly to the climate and biodiversity crises.

21 Sep 2023

How to tackle TV interviews – SEFARI Gateway supported training

To help a group of scientists and experts across Scotland’s Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutions (SEFARI) build their skills around media engagement, SEFARI Gateway recently funded two media training sessions with former senior editors who now specialise in media training and strategic co


8 Nov 2023

Funding Call: SEFARI FELLOWSHIP with Public Health Scotland on estimating the health and wellbeing value of the natural capital of the NHS estates

SEFARI Gateway is delighted to provide support for a new Fellowship with Public Health Scotland (PHS).

23 Oct 2023

Katherine Whyte has been appointed the 2023- 2024 William Guy Lecturer for primary school by the Royal Statistical Society

BioSS are pleased to announce the appointment of Katherine Whyte as one of the three William Guy Lecturers for 2023-24.


22 Nov 2023

Science and the Parliament 2023

Science and the Parliament is organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, on behalf of, and in cooperation with, the Scottish science and engineering community. The event is designed to foster close relations with policymakers and key stakeholders.

3 Oct 2023

Leading Ideas Hub 2 - Knowledge Exchange in Practice

Free to attend, this event brings together a range of knowledge exchange professionals to share tips and advice on best practice.



5 months ago

RT @philip_skuce: Get the feeling you're being watched? Great to be back up @VAntolovi, saw & heard osprey, lapwing, curlew, oyster catcher, meadow pipit & skylark, even found a few Galba snails, maybe need an app for those too?! 👍🐌🐦😎@MoredunComms @SEFARIscot


5 months ago

RT @AgroEcoAtJHI: @JamesHuttonInst @HuttonSEGS would love to hear farmer's opinions on Bere (heritage barley). Insights will direct efforts on #cropdiversification, #shortvaluechains, and #foodculture. Thanks for your support! @SEFARIscot, @Econutri30, @eu_radiant, @scotlandbread, @ScotSeedSov