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SRUC is a UK leader in agricultural and other land based research areas, and five research centres are situated in or close to SRUC Edinburgh campus.
The centres help to inform Scottish, UK and EU policy, and deal with topics around food security such as genetics, sustainable land management, animal sensors and monitoring systems and climate change effects and mitigation.
These centres are also excellent facilities to allow students, both
undergraduate and postgraduate, to get hands on experience using
research facilities with cutting edge techniques.
This allows students to gain an insight into the issues and
complexity of being able to supply food to a growing world population
whilst being impacted by climate change and increased pressures on
limited natural resources.
The Rural Policy Centre looks into the impact of current and future policies on rural businesses and communities.
Looking into the nutrition, genetics, behaviour, housing and welfare of pigs.
The Beef and Sheep Research Centre is looking into the future of beef and sheep farming systems.
Identifying ways to reduce carbon emissions from agriculture and food production.
The Hill and Mountain Research Centre seeks economically, environmentally and socially sound sustainable land management systems.