14 episodes

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 Teagasc; Ireland

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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

    Fourteen: Placenames Clue to Past Agriculture

    Fourteen: Placenames Clue 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.


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    • 12 min
    Thirteen: Protecting the Health of Ireland's Plants

    Thirteen: 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.


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    • 12 min
    Twelve: Processing Fresher, Healthier, Longer-Lasting Foods

    Twelve: 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.


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    • 11 min
    Eleven: Broadleaf Tree Plantations Increasing in Ireland

    Eleven: 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.






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    • 10 min
    Ten: Developing Birch as a Commercial Forestry Species

    Ten: 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.


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    • 12 min
    Nine: Ireland's Bioeconomy Priorities

    Nine: 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. 




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    • 8 min

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