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.

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Case Studies

Sustainable Roundworm Control - Getting the Message Across

In an ever-changing world, it is essential that individuals are able to access, and act upon, the most relevant information and advice, and no more so than in agriculture.

  • Agriculture
  • Plant and Animal Health
  • Land and Communities
  • Rural Economy
  • SEFARI Gateway
  • Science Education

Assessing the benefits of river restoration in low energy streams

Streams and rivers in farmland areas often have a degraded morphology due to straightening and run-off pollution (inputs of fine sediment, < 2 mm particle size diameter).

  • Climate and the Environment

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


9 Sep 2022

5 Things you should try when writing an article

In this blog, Scott Grant, the marketing manager at James Hutton Limited, offers his advice and suggestions to help your article to stand out.

Scott has worked in professional services, higher education and loves to write.

26 Aug 2022

Creating opportunities to improve engagement with different audiences

Engaging with a group of people can be a daunting task. However, it is an invaluable activity which provides an interesting and exciting avenue to share our work, learn from others and even develop a new skillset.


17 Aug 2022

New Call for PhD proposals (Hydro Nation Scholars Programme)

Announcement from Scotland's Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) - New Call for PhD proposals (Hydro Nation Scholars Programme)

5 Aug 2022

Cheers to great barley science on International Beer Day

"Scotland has a thriving brewing scene, with a host of small breweries using local ingredients to craft beer, contributing to the country’s reputation for top quality produce"


5 Sep 2022

Leading Ideas Hub - A Knowledge Exchange Training & Development Event

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

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.



3 days ago

RT @CSARural_Env: @SEFARIscot #ScienceforLife Lecture 2022 @RoyalSocEd Congratulations to all the Postgraduate competition winners! @JamesHuttonInst, @rowett_abdn, @SRUC @MoredunComms, @BioSScotland, @TheBotanics


3 days ago

RT @SGRESAS: Thanks so much to @JamesHuttonInstit at Invergowrie for hosting @SGRESAS colleagues yesterday. We really enjoyed visiting the vertical farm facility, fruit germplasm, Commonwealth Potato Collection seed store and Centre for Sustainable Crops amongst others.