SEFARI stands for the Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes, a collective of six world renowned research organisations responsible for the delivery of the Scottish Government's Strategic Research Programme.
At the centre of SEFARI lies the SEFARI Gateway which exists to ensure that the outputs and outcomes of the Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme are disseminated effectively to a wide range of stakeholders, to improve the impact of the research and ensure its broader benefits are realised.
Effective KE with a wide range of stakeholders will be the major route through which the research providers contribute to supporting innovation and improvement in practice, policy and industry and supporting economic growth.
In 2016-2017, the SEFARI Gateway will receive £0.8m of funding from the Scottish Government.
Moredun is one of six Scottish Research Institutes that receives funding from the Scottish Government's Rural Affairs, Food and Environment Division (RAFE), who work collaboratively to deliver on the Strategic Research Programme. Collectively these institutes are known as SEFARI (Scottish Environment Food and Agriculture Research Institutes). Within SEFARI Moredun works closely with the following institutes:
BioSS, which is part of The James Hutton Institute, provides support and research on mathematics and statistics to the other Main Research Providers.
The James Hutton Institute combines existing strengths in crops, soils and land use and environmental research. It is the first Institute of its type in Europe and the research aims to make major, new contributions to the understanding of key global issues, such as food, energy and environmental security and develop and promote effective technological and management solutions to these.
The Rowett Institute carries out research on how nutrition can prevent disease, improve human and animal health and enhance the quality of food production in agriculture.
The role and status of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is distinct. It is a Non- Departmental Public Body and its functions are defined by the National Heritage (Scotland) Act 1985 including research, education, collections and public access. Its Trustees are appointed by Scottish Ministers. Support for its research and educational activities is provided as part of its grant-in-aid. Its mission is to explore, conserve and explain the world of plants for a better future. There are also three other specialised Gardens situated around Scotland, which provide a range of climatic and soil conditions, these are: Benmore; Dawyck and Logan Botanic Gardens.
Scotland's Rural College delivers comprehensive skills, education and business support for Scotland’s land-based industries, founded on world class and sector-leading research, education and consultancy. It was formed by the merger of Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge College and the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC). SRUC research focuses on Animal & Veterinary Sciences, Crops & Soils, Land Economy & Environment and Future Farming Systems.
In 2017 Moredun's Dr Beth Wells was successful in winning a fellowship to work with the Cairngorm National Park Authority. The Fellowship project looked at how the research being conducted by the Strategic Research Programme could be better utilised by the landmanagers, gamekeepers and farmers working with the national park.
Further information about the project and resulting outcomes can be found in the project's final report.
In 2017 Moredun were awarded funding from the SEFARI Gateway to carry out the following projects:
Dr Beth Wells and Dr Dave Bartley were successful in winning funding to look at the use of precision farming technologies to drive production efficiency in Scottish sheep flocks. Gastro-intestinal nematodes (GIN) infections rank as one of the top three production limiting endemic diseases of livestock, but uptake of sustainable control strategies/recommendations and/or diagnostics are poor. One reason for this is that the link between better disease control, improved economics and production benefits has not been sufficiently well made across the sheep sector. The project aims to address this issue and plans include developing interactive workshops to highlight the costs and benefits associated with employing precision farming technologies.
Professor Lee Innes was successful in winning funding to develop a National Science Education Resource for primary and secondary school pupils in Scotland to help support educational topics in environmental and land sciences, health and well being, climate change, biodiversity, food security and infectious diseases. This project is working together with the other Scottish research institutes and the Scottish Science Education Research Centre (SSERC).