30 Apr 2020

Interactive maps can help understand local communities

The James Hutton Institute

"It is crucial to ensure that socio-economic data is usable and accessible to the communities, practitioners and stakeholders engaged in place-based activities, as access to data supports informed decision-making and community empowerment"

30 Apr 2020

Rowett researcher wins the best scientific paper of 2019

The Rowett Institute

Research carried out by a former Aberdeen scientist while at the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute has been awarded the best scientific paper of 2019 by the Alpro Foundation.

27 Apr 2020

Scottish research institutes helping to tackle coronavirus

The James Hutton Institute

"Scotland is proud to have some of the world’s leading science and research institutions. During this unprecedented global pandemic, the response of our research institutions in volunteering staff and laboratory equipment has been great to see"

23 Apr 2020

Plant viruses may provide pipeline for increased vaccine production

The James Hutton Institute

Brome mosaic virus PDB 1J59 (image: JY Sgro; UW-Madison) “This technology may be rapidly repurposed to synthesize bulk amounts of vaccine and diagnostic proteins in emergencies"

20 Apr 2020

UK crop scientists benefit from next-generation research computing platform

The James Hutton Institute

"High-performance computing is central to so many areas of science performed by the Institute.

17 Apr 2020

COVID-19: More ways than one to help those who need it most

The James Hutton Institute

“I am really inspired by our staff’s dedication and imaginative ways of helping in these difficult times and leaving no stone unturned. Every small effort helps.”

16 Apr 2020

Launch of SEFARI Fellowship with SNH and SEPA

We are delighted to announce that Kit Macleod from the James Hutton Institute will be undertaking the latest SEFARI Fellowship.

15 Apr 2020

Arable Scotland 2020: coming to a screen near you

The James Hutton Institute

"We hope even more people will be able to engage with the event and that it can collectively be used as a focal point to meet and interact in a virtual way" More information from: 

15 Apr 2020

MycoNourish raises funding to improve crop production with innovative customised microbes

The James Hutton Institute

"There are countless microbes that have both positive and negative effects on plant growth. Ensuring that crops are paired with the best ones offers a novel way of improving yields, and over 85% of the world’s crop species could benefit from our technology"

13 Apr 2020

Biodiversity conservation and COVID-19: remember links between healthy ecosystems and human wellbeing

The James Hutton Institute

"This editorial is the product of discussions among conservation scientists from around the world. Our objective is to highlight the short and long-term consequences of this pandemic for biodiversity and for conservation science"

9 Apr 2020

Rowett Institute teams up with fish producer to deliver healthy produce and advice

The Rowett Institute

Nutritionists from the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute have teamed up with local fish producer, Sutherland's of Portsoy, to help create healthy grocery boxes.

8 Apr 2020

The James Hutton Institute's response to COVID-19: we will try our hardest to help

The James Hutton Institute

“We are helping to tackle COVID-19 where we can. It can be surprising how we might assist, so please don’t hesitate to ask. We will try our hardest.” More information from: 

3 Apr 2020

New SEFARI case study -"Diversity in the Mix: The benefits of biodiversity for sustainable crop production"

How will farms in the future provide the food, fuel & fibre we need while delivering environmental benefits under the conditions of increasingly variable environmental change? Our latest case study by Rob Brooker highlights whether such win-wins are possible.

30 Mar 2020

Latest highlights from the Strategic Research Programme published

SEFARI delivers the Scottish Government funded Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021 (SRP) on agriculture, environment, food and land, providing direct and tangible benefits across diverse issues.

27 Mar 2020

A message from our Chief Executive: we are still available and ready to help

The James Hutton Institute

"We are helping to tackle COVID-19 where we can; it can be surprising how we might help, so please don’t hesitate to ask. We will try our hardest"

27 Mar 2020

Delivering food security and health for East Africa through resilient potatoes

The James Hutton Institute

"Within this project, we aim to identify climate-resilient and disease-resistant potato varieties tailored to potato production systems in Kenya and Malawi"

23 Mar 2020

Water and the Climate Crisis: new OOSKAnews Audience session available

The James Hutton Institute

"Scotland's Hydro Nation Vision builds on the recognition that water is of central importance to the economy of Scotland, both as a sector in its own right and as a critical resource in Scotland’s manufacturing, agriculture, food and drink, tourism and energy sectors"

21 Mar 2020

Coronavirus Update

Due to COVID-19 measures, SEFARI are moving all activities to the virtual environment for the forseeable future.  Our intention is to continue exisiting projects and exploring future opportunities as much as feasible during the challenging times ahead.

20 Mar 2020

Soil health: our most prized asset

The James Hutton Institute

"It is fundamental and vital that soil health is appropriately funded and supported if we are to tackle the global challenges that our planet faces"

18 Mar 2020

Social tipping dynamics key to stabilise Earth’s climate by 2050

The James Hutton Institute

"'Social tipping’ describes the rapidly accelerating process of societal transformation that must replace existing incremental approaches if catastrophic climate change is to be avoided"