22 May 2020

Sowing Wild Seeds

In these current challenging times, those of us lucky enough to have a garden, allotment or even a small amount of space in a window-box might be considering ‘growing our own’ food and wondering what we should plant. With a plethora of mail-order seeds available deciding what to grow can be challenging.

Here we consider the health benefits of eating edible wild plants, highlighted by ongoing SEFARI research.

18 May 2020

NSA and Moredun 'iceberg' disease webinars: The problem of subclinical disease lurking beneath the surface

In this blog, Chris Cousens and Craig Watkins (Moredun Research Institute) explain more about a series of webinars they are delivering with the National Sheep Association (NSA) and SRUC. The focus of these webinars is on “iceberg” diseases, those which often go unnoticed or unreported but have significant effects on sheep flocks.

11 May 2020

Soils and Crofting Resources: Diversity is Key to Life

In this blog, Professor Lorna Dawson outlines why soil is so important and how she has been involved in creating a range of online, free to access, educational resources on soils - focussing in particular on the soils of the crofts.

1 May 2020

How to be a nutritionist when you have no one to feed

During the COVID-19 crisis SEFARI research institutes are not able to conduct human nutrition trials but that doesn’t mean we can’t find other ways to help.

24 Apr 2020

Diet Detectives

In this blog we discuss our new project called Diet Detectives, which is supported by SEFARI Gateway's Responsive Opportunity Fund.

21 Apr 2020

Modelling for Pandemic Preparedness: A Need for a One Health Approach

The UK government stated strategy is to manage the COVID-19 pandemic “led by the science”. However, calls for more transparency about what this really means are getting louder.

17 Apr 2020

Accessible Education Resources – Coming Soon

Online educational activities and resources are needed more than ever at the moment to help with home schooling. In this blog, find out how SEFARI is trying to help by making our educational resources more accessible and discover a few of our activities on food, agriculture and the environment that are either available now or are coming very soon.

17 Feb 2020

Reviewing Ecological Focus Areas: A Cross Pollination of Ideas

Lorna Cole, SRUC summarises a recently published review

17 Feb 2020

Community gardens: Providing shoots of support but not alleviating the root causes of food poverty

Are urban community food growing projects the answer to the problem of food poverty and the seemingly eve

4 Feb 2020

Innovative New Tool: Food swapping for healthier and more sustainable diets

Despite national dietary guidelines, our typical diet still contains too many calories, saturated fat, salt and sugar, whilst having insufficient amounts of fibre, fruits, vegetables and fish.

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