The Scottish Government supports land-based science in Scotland with a particular focus on innovation in agri-food systems balanced alongside the need to sustain Scotland's natural capital. This long-term investment, through the Rural and Environmental Science and Analytical Services ( RESAS) Division, has built significant national capability in Scotland in land-based science and has supported the creation of valuable research platforms, a world class skills base and critical long-term data that informs policy decisions.
The research highlighted in this report showcases the excellent science funded by the Scottish Government. Particularly important is the interdisciplinary nature of the research across animal and crop sciences, environment, biodiversity, food and drink and rural communities. This science and investment underpins the development and delivery of key government priorities including: the four priorities of Scotland's Economic Strategy - investing, innovation, inclusive growth and internationalisation; a sustainable and thriving rural economy, particularly activity to enhance Scotland's food and drink; a cleaner, greener Scotland, especially our ambitious climate change targets; and a fairer and healthier Scotland that provides opportunities for a skilled workforce and tackles inequalities by addressing issues like food poverty.
Professor Louise Heathwaite
Chief Scientific Adviser Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment