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Plant and Animal Health

Plant and Animal Health

SEFARI provides the research needed to improve the efficiency and resilience of Scotland’s food production systems whilst protecting the environment and our rural communities. SEFARI works on improving our crop production systems, and reducing the impacts of plant disease. For livestock, work on animal characteristics and health and welfare leads to more efficient livestock production, which in turn reduces waste, lowers greenhouse gas emissions and improves global food security.

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Case Studies

1 Feb 2018

Bluetongue Virus spreads by evading immune-response in sheep

Arboviruses are transmitted by biting insects and cause disease in animals and humans. These viruses are spreading due to increased globalisation, international trade and travel and climate changes. Among these is bluetongue virus (BTV) transmitted by midges and causing fatal disease in sheep.

17 Nov 2017

Taking the Bull By the Horns: Helping Eradicate Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) from Scotland

SEFARI scientists make a significant contribution to the Scottish Government’s BVD Eradication Scheme. We inform this scheme through our unique and multi-disciplinary approach that uses epidemiological, economic, social science and molecular science to explore the wide-ranging implications of BVD.

17 Nov 2017

A Vaccine Cocktail for Worms: Innovative Responses to the Threat of Chemical Resistance

SEFARI scientists are engaged in long term research into the detection and management of anthelmintic (wormer) resistance and the development of practical strategies to help slow its spread.

3 Nov 2017

Exploring the Genetic Diversity of Barley: Insights for the Future from one of the World’s Oldest Crops

We used the next generation of genomic approaches to sequence the DNA of barley to improve our understanding of this cereal’s wide-ranging adaptiveness.


13 Dec 2017 - 00:00

Game of Cones

Enlisting people’s help to keep our trees healthy was the task of a team representing SEFARI at the recent science showcase event UnEarthed, held at Dynamic Earth Edinburgh.

22 Jun 2017 - 00:43

SEFARI at the Royal Highland Show 2017

The Royal Highland Show, taking place over 22nd-25th June at Ingliston Showground, is undoubtedly one of Scotland’s iconic events.

19 May 2017 - 12:00

The Beauty of Roots

Roots are rarely seen, but they are important and SEFARI research delves below the surface. Roots hold plants upright and soils in place.



28 Apr

Equine Grass Sickness Research Conference

To mark the 30th Anniversary of the Moredun Foundation Equine Grass Sickness Fund, Moredun Research Institute are holding a conference to hear from the key scientists involved in equine grass sickness research and ask the important question ‘where next?’

23 May

The 18th BioDundee International Conference - 'New perspectives, new opportunities: Life Sciences and Healthcare'

This Conference represents a wide spectrum of life science interests in and around the city of Dundee, from the ‘red end’ of medical sciences to the ‘green end’ with plant and crop science. This year's accompanying Networking Reception and Gala Dinner will have a murder mystery theme.

30 May

NSA Scotsheep

NSA Scotsheep is Scotland's one-day premier event and is an important one in the calendar for sheep producers in Scotland, North of England & Ireland.