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The Research Field is Teagasc's monthly research podcast for everyone interested in agriculture, crops, the environment, food, forestry and rural development research in Ireland. Presented by Sean Duke, science journalist, with regular contributions from Catriona Boyle, science and communication outreach officer with Teagasc, the podcasts will get out and about and talk to researchers in their various fields. Acknowledgement: Signature tune 'Inspirational Outlook' by https://scottholmesmusic.com

The Research Field is Teagasc's monthly research podcast for everyone interested in agriculture, crops, the environment, food, forestry and rural development research in Ireland. Presented by Sean Duke, science journalist, with regular contributions from Catriona Boyle, science and communication outreach officer with Teagasc, the podcasts will get out and about and talk to researchers in their various fields. Acknowledgement: Signature tune 'Inspirational Outlook' by https://scottholmesmusic.com

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Ireland

Description:

The Research Field is Teagasc's monthly research podcast for everyone interested in agriculture, crops, the environment, food, forestry and rural development research in Ireland. Presented by Sean Duke, science journalist, with regular contributions from Catriona Boyle, science and communication outreach officer with Teagasc, the podcasts will get out and about and talk to researchers in their various fields. Acknowledgement: Signature tune 'Inspirational Outlook' by https://scottholmesmusic.com

Language:

English

Contact:

3531894237605


Episodes

Special Episode: Science Week 2020

11/27/2020
This Special Episode features three Teagasc researchers who contributed to Ireland's national Science Week, 2020. Aoife Duff describes her research into keep Irish soils in balance, and reducing the reliance on fertilisers to grow crops. Carlos Alvarez talks about the growing market for insects as food, for human and animal consumption, and how Ireland can benefit from it. Maria Hayes discuss the potential of seaweeds to reduce methane emissions from cattle, sheep and dairy cows.

Duration:00:33:20

14: Placename Clues to Past Agriculture

9/18/2020
A recent Teagasc Map of the Month research project, looked at how Irish place names can provide clues to Ireland’s agricultural past. This podcast features Jesko Zimmermann, a Data Technologist based in the Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis Department describing the project, and what it revealed about how agricultural was done in times past, around Ireland.

Duration:00:12:13

13: Protecting the Health of Ireland's Plants

7/28/2020
The UN General Assembly has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health in order to raise global awareness about how protecting plant health is vital to ending hunger, protecting the environment and boost our economies. Helen Grogan is a Horticulture Research Officer with Teagasc. Here she outlines the various threats to plant health in Ireland, the efforts underway in Ireland and at EU level to combat these threats, and why the success of such efforts is vital for all Irish...

Duration:00:09:15

12: Processing Fresher, Healthier, Longer-Lasting Foods

7/3/2020
Food consumers today want fresher, healthier and additive-free foods that also last longer on the shelf. Dr Elena Inguglia is a researcher based at the Teagasc Food Research Centre in Ashtown who is developing new technologies to satisfy consumer demands. Here, Elena describes how some of our foods are currently processed, and how these processes might be improved for the consumer.

Duration:00:11:24

11: Broadleaf Tree Plantations Increasing in Ireland

6/12/2020
Ian Short, forestry research officer, describes plans to increase planting of broadleaf trees in Ireland. Twenty-nine percent of the forest estate in Ireland is broadleaf (195,000 ha). The main broadleaf species present are birch, ash, alder, oak, beech and sycamore, predominantly planted within the last three decades and as single-species blocks. Ian talks about the management of the oak stand at Teagasc Head Office, Oak Park and the threats of diseases and pests to tree health. Ian also...

Duration:00:08:24

10: Developing Birch as a Commercial Forestry Species

5/15/2020
Oliver Sheridan, forestry researcher with Teagasc Ashtown, discusses the commercial development of Birch in Ireland. Oliver describes the efforts underway at Teagasc to improve birch and incorporate lessons from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. He talks about the historical importance of birch, and how it can add diversity to Irish forestry and the landscape.

Duration:00:09:24

9: Ireland's Bioeconomy Priorities

5/7/2020
Maeve Henchion, a researcher at the Teagasc Rural Economy Development Programme and the BioOrbic SFI Research Centre was involved in the identification of Ireland's bio-economy priorities. She describes how waste products, such as blood, can be converted into valuable pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, and how grass can be developed as a crop for human consumption.

Duration:00:08:20

8: Breeding for Less Emissions & More Productivity

4/21/2020
Genetics can provide Ireland with the means to reduce the emissions from, and increase the productivity of, our national dairy herd. This will be more important than ever as the dairy industry comes under pressure from the Covid-19 crisis. Sinead McParland, a quantitative geneticist at Teagasc Moorepark, describes how this can be achieved and incorporated into the Economic Breeding Index.

Duration:00:08:13

7: 'Speed Breeding' for Faster Crop Disease Control

4/9/2020
One way to tackle crop disease is to breed new varieties that have genes that make them resistance to disease. This takes time, and it can take up to three years to breed and grow new disease resistant crops using traditional methods. Dheeraj Rathore - a researcher at the Teagasc Crops Research Centre in Oakpark - describes here how “speed breeding” technology developed at NASA is enabling him to more rapidly grow disease-resistant crop varieties.

Duration:00:10:28

6: Drones, Satellites & Farm Forecasting

4/2/2020
Drones and observational satellites are helping farmers to make better farm decisions such as when to cut silage, or when soil conditions are right for planting crops. Stuart Green, a remote sensing scientist based at Teagasc Ashtown, is harnessing earth observational data to help farmers plan more efficiently, which in the current crisis, is more important than ever.

Duration:00:11:59

5: Antimicrobial Resistance; Soil & Carbon; Simulating Digestion

2/21/2020
The first of two special episodes from the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin in January 2020. Kaye Burgess - a molecular microbiologist based at Teagasc Food Research Centre in Ashtown - describes her work helping to develop a range of farm practices that can combine to minimise antimicrobial resistance. Luis Lopez-Sangil - a soil scientist based at Teagasc Johnstown Castle - talks about how soil can provide us with a win-win of reducing carbon emissions and improving...

Duration:00:21:26

4: Clover Benefits; Pig Welfare; Sustainable Diets

12/16/2019
The cost and environmental gains farmers can achieve from growing clover are described by Deirdre Hennessy. Research into the welfare of pigs across the Irish pig industry is detailed by Laura Boyle. Sinead McCarthy outlines the complexities and subtle nuances of achieving a sustainable and healthy diet outlining the impact of removing food groups from our habitual diet and explains that food substitutions to improve environmental credentials may not always result in a healthy diet.

Duration:00:30:48

3: Soil Science; Biodiversity & Farming; River Monitoring

11/1/2019
Karen Daly describes how Irish soil science was born in medieval Johnstown Castle with funds from the US Marshall Aid Plan. Daire O hUallacháin illuminates the extent of the decline in Irish biodiversity from abandoned Aran Islands farms to the mainland dairy farms. Irish river systems are under pressure from excess nutrients and climate impacts. Per Erik Mellander describes some of the findings from monitoring of diverse Irish river systems over 10 years. Find out about the upcoming plans...

Duration:00:30:54

2: Farm Transfers; Milk by Design; Foods for Gut Health

9/16/2019
Anne Kinsella, based at Teagasc's Rural Economy and Development Centre discusses the issue of inter-generational farm transfers. Donagh Berry, Director of the VistaMilk Research Centre, talks about producing milk by design - using science - for a range of consumers. Orla O'Sullivan, based at the Teagasc Food Research Centre, discusses the new foods being developed that promote gut health and combat disease and illness.

Duration:00:30:31

1: Biosensor for Bugs, One Health, Horticulture Development

7/18/2019
Luiza Wasiewska describes research towards a new, reliable, fast, easy-to-use biosensor to detect pathogenic E. coli. The One Health strategy, which brings together human and animal health researchers to improve food safety is described by Geraldine Duffy. Michael Gaffney describes how the research glasshouse at Ashtown, county Dublin, is bringing benefits to industry.

Duration:00:30:06