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Paul Smith

Project Title: RumenPredict

Overview: My project, forms part of the international collaboration RumenPredict, which aims to better understand the role of diet, host feed efficiency and genetics on the rumen microbiome and environmental outputs in beef cattle. This is an extremely interesting and topical area to be involved in as it has potential to improve both the economic and environmental sustainability of beef production. This project has allowed me to gain experience in molecular biology and bioinformatics through the use of the most update next generation sequencing technologies. In addition, we are one of the first groups in Ireland to use the GreenFeed System, on a large scale, to measure methane production from cattle. Outside of my PhD, I am an avid football fan and play for a local club in South Dublin where I am from. After completing my PhD, I would hope to remain in research and potentially venture into academia.

Programme Area: Animal Bioscience Research

Supervisors: Dr. Sinead Waters, Prof. David Kenny and Dr. Alan Kelly

Location: Teagasc, Grange, Meath

Funding Source: FACCE ERA-GAS