Success Stories

The Scottish Government invests over £50M annually in a portfolio of strategic RAE Science and Research – principally through its main research providers (MRPs). Their innovations have been shown by independent studies to contribute to the economy and build businesses with the potential to drive future growth. Success Stories brings to life specific examples of how the organisations in knowledgescotland use Scottish Government support to bring economic, environmental, social and health benefits to Scotland and beyond.

Richard Lochhead Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment said: “Innovation is crucial to ensure Scotland’s vital food and agriculture sectors continue to flourish. The success stories highlighted today demonstrate the strength and breadth of the world class research being carried out in Scotland. However, the projects also have a practical application which will deliver benefits throughout the food supply chain and boost these important sectors of Scotland’s economy.”

Climate, water and energy


Nitrous oxide - the forgotten greenhouse gas?

SRUC (formerly SAC) has identified agricultural systems and management practices that minimise emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas nitrous oxide. Read more

Published on 1 July 2011 in Climate, water and energy


A New Climate for UK agriculture

Research by SRUC (formerly SAC) has led to the definition of clear greenhouse gas reduction targets for the agricultural sector in the UK and led to the first greenhouse gas budget developed for the sector. Read more

Published on 24 June 2011 in Climate, water and energy