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

Is the demographic tide turning for some Island Communities?

In recent months population trends in remote and Sparsely Populated Areas (SPA) of Scotland have become a political issue, not least due to fears about the likely impact of post-Brexit migration policy.

  • Communities and Wellbeing
  • Rural Economy

Barbervax®: giving blood-sucking parasitic worms a taste of their own medicine

This case study is part of a series focusing on the importance of sustained funding for fundamental and strategic research.

  • Plant and Animal Health

Long-term warming of the River Spey

River temperature influences biogeochemical processes and aquatic ecology.

  • Climate and the Environment

Scotland’s harmful acidic soils - Can liming improve cropping sustainability?

The Soil Survey of Scotland shows that large areas of Scotland have acidic soils. Soils with a pH less than 5.6 inhibit root growth, which can reduce crop yields.

  • agricultural systems and land management
  • Agriculture


11 Jun 2019

Working with growers to manage the agronomic challenges to crop production

In this blog, Professor Fiona Burnett of SRUC shares her experiences of agronomy (a branch of agricultural science that deals with the study of crops and the soils in which they grow).

25 Apr 2019

Developing capacity to understand and use climate projections for Scotland

The challenge of envisioning the future climate of Scotland has been made easier due to a new set of climate change projections for the UK (UKCP18).


12 Jul 2019

International congress of plant scientists focuses on solutions to crop pests and diseases

“In this fast-moving scientific field, timely communication between researchers is vital to uncover and learn from the molecular battles that occur between plants and the pests and parasites that infect them”

11 Jul 2019

Professor Dieter Helm announced as speaker of 42nd TB Macaulay Lecture: Green and Prosperous Land

"With news about our climate, ecosystems and wildlife tending to be grim, there are few who could argue action must be taken and taken quickly. There is hope, and there is time, but we must act now"




5 hours ago

One of our new case studies is on Barbervax, the only vaccine for Barber's Pole Worm, arguably the most important parasite of sheep in the world! Great achievement by David Smith @MoredunComms & underpinned by @SGRESAS funding Read the case study here:


7 hours ago

RT @MoredunComms: FREE farm event - Healthy hill sheep for profitable farming in the hills - Connachan Farm, Crieff on Wed 28 Aug 2019 from…