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16 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
16: Apps in Agriculture
Smart phones and apps are becoming more a part of the lives of farmer’s lives in Ireland, and around the world. This episode features Dr Ursula Kenny based at the Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis Department of Teagasc who has investigated the use of apps by some farmers in Ireland and the resistance to them from others.
30 minutes | Nov 27, 2020
Special Episode: Science Week 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.
12 minutes | Sep 18, 2020
14: Placename Clues to Past Agriculture
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.
12 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
13: Protecting the Health of Ireland's Plants
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 people.
11 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
12: Processing Fresher, Healthier, Longer-Lasting Foods
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.
11 minutes | Jun 12, 2020
11: Broadleaf Tree Plantations Increasing in Ireland
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 talks about the Ash restructuring project and the benefits of planting forestry for farmers.
12 minutes | May 15, 2020
10: Developing Birch as a Commercial Forestry Species
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.
9 minutes | May 7, 2020
9: Ireland's Bioeconomy Priorities
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.
8 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
8: Breeding for Less Emissions & More Productivity
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.
10 minutes | Apr 9, 2020
7: 'Speed Breeding' for Faster Crop Disease Control
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.
12 minutes | Apr 2, 2020
6: Drones, Satellites & Farm Forecasting
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.
21 minutes | Feb 21, 2020
5: Antimicrobial Resistance; Soil & Carbon; Simulating Digestion
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 soil quality and crop yields. André Brodkorb - a food chemist based at the Teagasc Food Research Centre in Moorepark - talks about his work developing laboratory models that simulate human digestion to add value to foods and reduce environmental impacts.
31 minutes | Dec 16, 2019
4: Clover Benefits; Pig Welfare; Sustainable Diets
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.
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