SEFARI – Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes

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 Programme 2016-2021 on agriculture, environment, food and land.

Case Studies

Approaches to reducing potato waste by improving home storage and minimising greening

Potato is the number one wasted household food by weight, estimated at over 700,000 tonnes and with a cost of £555M per annum in the UK. Nearly half of the fresh potatoes bought by UK householders are thrown away.

  • Agriculture
  • Plant and Animal Health

Making Worms Squirm: Sustainable Worm Control in Lambs through Precision Livestock Farming

Electronic identification (EID) tags have been compulsory in UK sheep flocks since 2010, and a decade after their introduction, can still be a controversial topic.

  • Agriculture
  • Climate and the Environment
  • Plant and Animal Health

The cost of peatland restoration in Scotland

Peatland restoration could make a considerable contribution in achieving national emission targets and is a vital part of Scotland’s strategy in moving tow

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Land and Communities

Modelling the effect of social networks in reducing meat consumption

Our food consumption is guided by perceive norms and the food choices of others around us.

  • Healthier Foods
  • Climate and the Environment

Blog

28 Aug 2020

Informing & influencing public opinion towards supporting UK livestock farmers

In this blog, we discuss a new project that is seeking to support and inform farmers (through both research and communications) on how to best promote fair, balanced, and more impactful, positive stories about the livestock industry. 

18 Aug 2020

One Health in Action: Setting up a new testing node for COVID-19 with the NHS

Across SEFARI we are using our capability and continuing to make our expertise available to assist with national and regional strategies dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

News

18 Sep 2020

From Spain to Scotland to conduct barley science: Johanna and Hechizo’s agricultural pilgrimage

“It is quite a remarkable feat and Johanna and Hechizo deserve our warmest welcome, respect and regard for their effort and determination" More information from: 

18 Sep 2020

Digital soil maps of Scotland now expanded to include Orkney

“The maps are an excellent educational resource, show the diversity in the Scottish soil resource and form the basis of a wide range of risk maps developed to aid in the sustainable use of our soils”

Events

21 Apr 2021

A3 SCOTLAND Conference

A3 Scotland is an inaugral not-for-profit conference for the Animal Health, Agritech and Aquaculture (AAA) sectors to encourage innovation, investment and collaboration.

12 Apr 2021

Food & Drink Expo

One of the UK’s largest and most well-respected food and drink focused trade exhibitions, Food & Drink Expo is a biennial event for the grocery, food service, wholesale, manufacturing and speciality retail markets.

 

24 Nov 2020

SAGES OnLine Annual Science Meeting 2020

SAGES ASM OnLine. A showcase of geoscience research highlights. Featuring daily @noon public webinars on COP26 and the Climate Emergency.

30 Oct 2020

6th World One Health Congress

Bridging One Health Science and Global Health Security Policy.

Twitter

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