SRUC conducts internationally respected, largely multi- and inter-disciplinary research, seeking to address the major challenges of growing global demand for food and nutrition security, climate change and dwindling natural resources with emphasis on resource use efficiency.

Reflecting our ethos of knowledge exchange, we involve our students and our many stakeholders, customers and clients in the rural sector as we continue to grow and develop our research and impact portfolio. The translation of our innovative research outputs, by close interaction with our SAC Consulting services helps rural industries through the delivery of up to the minute advice and consultancy to approximately 18,000 clients, in Scotland, the UK and beyond.

Our research spans from discovery to applied and industry-led research, and includes collaborative knowledge exchange activities with academic, industry, policy, and public stakeholders. Our research is supported by key enabling activities, such as:

  • Data and digital tools and infrastructure coupled with rich dataset underpinning food systems
  • Experimental facilities ranging from molecule to landscape
  • Widespread industry and academic partnerships leveraging world class collaboration

Animal behaviour & welfare

SRUC are working to understand and interpret the behaviour of managed animals and we are developing approaches to understand the impact of the behaviour of humans in interactions with animals.

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Agri-food systems

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Greenhouse gases & environment

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Soils & plants

SRUC's soil and agronomy research is centred on developing resilient crop and grassland systems for food, feed and fibre production that are economically viable, but also environmentally and socially acceptable.

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Genetics & genomics

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Disease & epidemiology

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Economics & policy

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International research

SRUC research covers a wide range of subject areas across the globe, such as Africa, Ukraine, the USA and Japan.

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Research services

Our work addresses health and productivity in animals, animal welfare and crops, promotes low carbon farming and increases farm output through efficiency and innovation.

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Vet & laboratory services

Our leading experts provide support to clients in areas animal disease, diagnosis and surveillance.

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SAC Consulting

Our consultants in 25 offices across Scotland and northern England turn research into advice and advantage for business and public sector alike.

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