16 Oct 2018
The Fruits of Their Labour: Seasonal Farm Workers in Scottish Agriculture
Scotland’s agricultural sector relies heavily on seasonal non-UK workers, particularly from central and eastern Europe, to meet its labour demand. Despite their importance for this sector, there was a lack of detailed information about them This case study draws on findings from SRUC’s recent study, funded by the Scottish Government, which aimed to improve our understanding of the labour market in Scottish agriculture.
8 Oct 2018
Governing Scotland’s natural resources: are our policies sufficiently joined -up?
Decisions about natural resources need to balance multiple interests and goals in order to safeguard Scotland’s economic, social and environmental prosperity. However, many existing policies for the environment focus on separate problems, such as pro
14 Aug 2018
Citizen Science: How to Investigate Pests and Diseases Under Climate Change
We have created a state-of-the-art, and free to download, desktop app to provide climate change risk assessments for crops pests and diseases in the UK that anyone can use.
24 Jul 2018
Protecting our soil and securing the way ahead
A large proportion of the Scottish strategic road network in the Highlands is vulnerable to landslides.
25 May 2018
Food Reformulation: Making Processed Foods Healthier
This article we will explain some some of the ways we are incorporating healthy ingredients from a variety of sources into recipes to develop novel formulations of foods.
17 May 2018
Science and Innovation:The Nutrients for Growing a UK Blueberry Industry
Blueberries have gained in popularity amongst UK consumers. Currently UK blueberries supply only 5% of demand and there is a huge opportunity to increase home grown supply.
4 Apr 2018
Protein for Life – Developing food opportunities for a healthy, ageing population
'Protein for Life' is designed to identify and develop guidelines for protein products for healthy ageing (living a better, longer life) that are cost effective, sustainable and enjoyable.
28 Feb 2018
Make Innovation Happen: Helping Food and Drink Businesses Succeed
SEFARI is an important partner in ‘Make Innovation Happen’, which is an initiative coordinated by the Scotland Food and Drink Partnership.
28 Feb 2018
The Health Benefits of Dietary Fibre
SEFARI scientists are investigating the potential benefits of supplementary soluble indigestible fibres for promoting healthy weight loss.
22 Feb 2018
Assessing the impact of tree diseases on the wider environment
Recently there has been a rapid increase in the spread and number of non-native tree pests and pathogens around the world. Traditionally the impact of tree diseases and pests has been assessed in terms of their impact on forestry and the loss of wood products.
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.