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Research Leaders 2025

Research Leaders 2025 is a fellowship programme for experienced researchers, cofunded by the European Commission and Teagasc – the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority.  Experienced Researchers shall  at the deadline for the submission of proposals, be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience

It aims to develop the next generation of leaders in agri-food research. Inspired by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Global Fellowships, it focuses on researcher-driven mobility. The programme offers applicants the opportunity to conduct their research in an academic or non-academic organisation of their choice worldwide (outside of Ireland) for 18 months, followed by a return phase to Teagasc (Ireland) for 18 months. The applicant will freely choose the research topic, the outgoing host (and supervisor) and the supervisor for the return phase. In addition, if the outgoing phase is with an academic host, they may choose to incorporate a secondment for up to six months to a non-academic collaborator of their choice.

The programme will have a total value of €5.2 million will have two funding calls; each funding 10 fellowships (total 20 fellowships). Each fellowship will last 36 months.  There will be a strong focus on the career development of the researchers, with all fellows undertaking an accredited management course, having a dedicated career mentor (separate to their scientific supervisors) and attending an annual retreat with presentations from established research leaders in industry, academia and civil society organisations.

The need to address the “leaky pipeline” whereby many promising female researchers do not achieve senior positions is a strong focus of the programme. An International Expert Advisory Board, including experts in the management of MSCA and EMBO fellowship programmes, will review all documentation for the programme to ensure that there is no unintended bias against, or discouragement of, female applicants. Remote review cohorts and the final review panel will be gender balanced. Successful female applicants will be facilitated in finding a senior female researcher to serve as a career mentor.

The fellowship programme will be operated by Teagasc, the Irish agriculture and food development authority. With an annual budget of €190 million, Teagasc combines excellent research in the areas of food and agriculture with a dedicated farmer extension/advisory service and a department dedicated to technology transfer to the food industry. The Teagasc annual research portfolio comprises some 300 research projects, carried out by 500 scientific and technical staff in seven research centres throughout Ireland. Research is organised into four programme areas Animal and Grassland; Crops, Environment and Land Use; Food; and Rural Economy and Development. Teagasc researchers have access to more than 1,250 hectares of experimental farm, cutting edge research laboratories and strong industry partnerships.

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List of Teagasc researchers interested in becoming a Host Mentor

Name & Contact DetailsDepartmentResearch areas of interestExperience of Mentoring & Supervision

Aine Macken-Walsh

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Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis Department

Sociology; narrative methodologies; participatory methodologies; co-design of extension interventions; integration of primary producers to short food supply chains.

Dr. Walsh has supervised three Post-Doctoral trainees and eight PhD students to completion. Currently, her team consists of three Post-Doctoral trainees and three PhD students, all working on sociology and extension topics. 

André Brodkorb

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Food Chemistry & Technology Department 

Food proteins, food/protein colloids, gastro-intestinal digestion, microencapsulation.

Dr Brodkorb is a senior researcher in the Food Chemistry and Technology department of the Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark. His research interest covers the structure/ function relationship of food and food ingredients, proteins in particular, from source to processing and food production all the way to consumption and absorption of nutrients in the human body. His laboratory includes state of the art equipment and techniques for protein/peptide characterisation (HPLC, FPLC, FTIR, Fluorescence spectroscopy), colloids (dynamic and static light scattering, AFM & SEM/TEM, confocal microscopy), in vitro/in vivo digestion models, protection of bio-active components by microencapsulation.

Dr Brodkorb was the 2016 Winner of the Poncelet Prize for Innovation in Encapsulation Technology, co-sponsored by Procter & Gamble and the Bioencapsulation Research Group (BRG).

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Food and Protein colloids during in vitro digestion of food
  • Microencapsulation of bioactive components and delivery
  • Supervision of 7 completed and 8 ongoing PhD’s
  • Technology transfer from lab to application and/or start-up company (e.g. Anabio Technology Ltd.)
  • Author of 54 peer-reviewed papers
  • Most PhD students under supervision of A. Brodkorb have received national or international prizes or awards, some students have been multiple prize winners (e.g. Sinead Doherty, Ian O’Loughlin)
 

Barbara Good

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Animal & Bioscience Department

Anthelmintic resistance and sustainable methods of control in small ruminants.

Dr. Barbara Good has supervised postgraduate students (6 as the main Teagasc supervisor) as well as mentoring undergraduate students on placement for their undergraduate project.

Bernadette Earley

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Animal and Bioscience Research Department

Animal health; animal welfare; bovine respiratory disease (BRD) diagnostics; Biomarkers of stress.

In parallel to the ethological and stress-related parameters, immune parameters are being measured in order to establish a relationship between stress and immune response in the bovine. This is a major driver of new studies using “Omics” technologies. Thus, utilizing the emerging knowledge in bovine genomics, biological sciences, neuroscience and bioinformatics, my research mission is to advance new science and high speed technology that will ultimately lead to breakthroughs in stress physiology and lead to quantifiable and objectives indices of animal health and welfare.

Post-graduate student supervision, since joining Teagasc, I have successfully supervised 18 Ph.D students, 2 M.Sc students to completion, 1 Teagasc funded post-doctoral researcher (RMIS 4624), 1 (Marie Curie Funded IEF Fellowship - RMIS 6064) and 1 Contract Research Officer (RMIS 6153; Bord Bia funded; 1 post-doctoral researcher and 1 technician (RMIS 6476. I am presently supervising 1 post-doctoral researcher RMIS 0333) and 1 PhD student (RMIS 0095). I have secured funding from Teagasc to recruit 2 Ph.D students (RMIS 0344 and RMIS 345) in October 2018.

Brijesh Tiwari

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Food Chemistry and Technology Department

Sustainable food processing technologies, novel clean and green extraction technologies, valorisation of food processing by-product streams.

The focus of the Advanced Food Processing Technologies Research Group is to become a strong multidisciplinary research group with an excellent track record in delivering high quality research and innovation metrics, including patent and technology transfer. The group’s research interests relate to novel food processing, extraction and preservation technologies, with a strong focus on investigation of biochemical and microbial kinetics in food and food products. The research has been funded through various competitively won sources including the EU Horizon 2020, Irish Research Council, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, Science Without Borders (Brazil) and industry.

 

Dr. Tiwari's research group comprises 16 researchers: including 3 PostDocs, 2 Research Officers, 8 PhDs and 4 hosted researchers from Industry and Academia. The AFT research group has a strong focus on PostDoc/PhD training and the development of a national skills base of PhDs with world-class food processing expertise in the area of Novel Food Processing Technologies. This will help place Ireland (and Teagasc in particular) at the centre of food processing technology research and development, internationally. My research area is strongly aligned with key national (Sustainable, Healthy Agri-food Research Plan (SHARP)- 2015) and EU (H2020 thematic area 2: “Food Security, Sustainable …..Bioeconomy” under the societal challenges pillar) and Innovation 2020 of Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation research programmes.

Catherine Stanton

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Food Biosciences Department

Early life nutrition, probiotic cultures, infant gut microbiota, bioactive lipids

Catherine has developed a research programme on functional foods, with emphasis on the molecular analysis of food components that impact on human nutrition and health. Catherine is currently Principal Research Officer at Teagasc and a Principal Investigator in the APC’s Microbial Metabolites core and in the Food Health Ireland Research Centre.

Prof. Catherine Stanton has extensive experience of mentoring and supervision: currently, 8 Post docs and 10 PhD students with 11 previous Post docs and 22 PhD students.

Dan Milbourne

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Potato Breeding Programme

Crops Research Department

Molecular genetics, Genome-wide association studies, Plant breeding, genotyping, phenotyping, bioinformatics, genomics, image analysis.

We are a breeding and genetics group developing genome-based approaches for application in a highly successful real world potato breeding programme. We specialise in disease resistance genetics, marker assisted selection, genomic selection, all with a specific focus on deploying research outcomes in a real world breeding scenario.

We’re looking for two possible types of candidate.

Firstly, we seek people with a background in computational biology/informatics/quantitative genetics, who are interested in exploiting next generation sequencing-based approaches for genomic prediction for key traits in potato breeding.

Alternatively, we’re seeking people with a background in image analysis who are interested in applying their expertise to high throughput, in-field phenotyping of potato crops.

Dr. Milbourne has supervised/co-supervised 14 PhD students, and several technicians and postdoctoral scientists – including one current MSCA Fellow. I work with colleagues with expertise in plant breeding and bioinformatics who will also contribute to the mentorship of the fellow.

David Kenny

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Animal & Bioscience Research Department

Nutritional control of fertility, growth and feed efficiency in cattle

Our group utilises state of the art physiological and molecular technologies to study the complex multidimensional control of economically important traits in cattle. In particular, our work involves in-depth examination of traits including sexual maturation of male and female calves, feed intake and efficiency as well as carcass growth and quality. More recently we have implemented a strong gut microbiome research programme in order to better elucidate the molecular control of feed digestion, ruminal methanogenesis and gut health.

Research areas of interest for application:

Nutritional control of fertility, growth and feed efficiency in cattle

Dr. David Kenny has supervised 18 PhD and 9 Masters students to completion.

David Wall

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Soil & Soil Fertility

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Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

Nutrient cycling, soil fertility, grassland, crops, nutrient management, soil quality.

My research team investigates nutrient cycling in soils and agricultural systems. Our group integrates nutrient processes in soils, grassland and crop nutrient uptake and recovery, and environmental losses from agricultural soils. Currently we are focusing on pH and liming and N, P and K cycling in soil and methods to enhance agricultural production while increasing environmental and economic sustainability through the adoption of more efficient nutrient management practices and soil specific advice. The team is also investigating indicators of soil quality and frameworks for adopting improved functional land management practices within agricultural landscapes

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Improved understanding of nutrient fate within agricultural systems and methods to increase nutrient use efficiency
  • Development of new assessment methods and indicators of soil quality
  • Models and tools to improve agricultural sustainability and functional land management practices

Dr David Wall has supervised 6 PhD and 2 MSc students to completion. Currently his research team consists of 2 postdocs, 2 technicians and 5 PhD students.

Diarmuid Sheehan

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Food Chemistry and Technology Department

Dairy Foods, physicochemistry, structure function, microstructure, casein-polymer interactions.

Dr. Sheehan is a senior researcher at the Teagasc Food Research Centre Moorepark with accomplishments in both academic and commercial fields. His research group is focused on investigating interactions between dairy matrix physico-chemistry, microstructure and the metabolic activity of bacteria entrapped within. In addition, his group are working on metabolomic profiling of dairy foods based on herd diet, food matrix structure-function relationships, food colloids and casein-polymer interactions with a view to structuring dairy foods for new sensory experiences and development of food functionality using membrane processes.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Reducing Carbon Footprint/GHG emissions in dairy processes
  • Dairy Food Structure-function and Health
  • Food structuring through Casein- polymer interactions
  • Physicochemical influence on bacterial metabolic activity in food matrices

Dr. Sheehan has supervised 9 post-doctoral scientists to date as well as supervised/co-supervised 5 PhDs to completion. He is currently supervising 1 post-doctoral researcher, 5 PhD students and 1 research technician.

Dilip Rai

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Food Bioscience Department

Phytochemicals, health, nutraceuticals, chromatography, mass spectrometry, food-waste valorisation.

Dr. Rai leads research team involving the structural elucidation of natural bioactive molecules extracted from terrestrial plant-food, animals and marine sources. The bioactive molecules are either nutrient based (proteins/peptides, polysaccharides, lipids and their combination) or non-nutrient secondary metabolites that could be potential ingredients for functional food development or natural bio-control agents. He has a keen interest in assessing the effect of industrial or domestic processing of food on retention and alteration of bioactive molecules or affecting the food quality.

Research area of interest for  application:

  • Phytochemicals
  • Food-processing
  • Functional Food ingredients
  • Phytopharmaceuticals
  • Biocontrol-agents

Dr. Rai has supervised 3 PhD students as a primary mentor and 4 post-docs between 2012-2018. He is currently primary supervisor of 2 PhD students and a co-supervisor of 2 PhDs.

Donagh Berry

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Animal and Bioscience Department

Animal genetics, Animal genomics, Precision dairy

Research group aims to be an agent of sustainable and competitive growth of the Irish ruminant industry by being a world leader in fundamental and translational research on all aspects relating to optimised breeding programs including the development and deployment of:

  • Low cost and precise phenotyping strategies
  • Statistical modelling and predictions
  • Accurate genetic evaluations
  • Genome-wide enabled predictions of genetic merit and the development of the associated (low cost) tools and software
  • Breeding objectives – economic values and geneflow algorithms
  • Breeding scheme design
  • Decision support tools

Research area of interest for application:

  • Applied animal genetics and genomics (Teagasc)
  • Precision technologies in dairy cows (VistaMilk SFI Research Centre)

Dr. Berry's supervision to-date is 18 PhDs, 5 MSc and 4 post-docs. Within Teagasc, Dr. Berry has supervised 5 researchers/postdocs, 9 PhD students and several hosted students who work across a whole spectrum of domain areas in multiple species.

The VistaMilk centre, which Dr. Berry is director of, consists of >200 research scientists predominantly focused on the development and dissemination of precision technologies in dairy production systems from soil to society

Emer Kennedy

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Animal & Grassland Department

Calf rearing, replacement heifers

Emer’s group is working on below mentioned aspects;

Calf health

  • Defining the quality of colostrum within the Irish dairy herd
  • Colostrum management for dairy calves
  • Comparison of indoor versus outdoor calf rearing systems
  • Milk feeding regimes for young calves

Replacement Heifer Rearing

  • Evaluating over-winter feeding options for replacement dairy heifers during their first and second winters
  • Identifying strategies to ensure that heifers achieve target weight at specified points during the rearing period
  • Investigating grazing management strategies for replacement heifers

Research area of interest for application: Calf and heifer rearing

Dr. Kennedy has supervised 12 PhD students and 2 Masters Students. She is 3rd year Grassland Science module coordinator for the UCD Agri-Business degree. Annually Emer mentor/supervise approximately 5 international undergraduate degree students.

 

Ewen Mullins

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Crops Research Department

Genome editing, genetic engineering, disease resistance.

My team completes multi-disciplinary research to investigate economically important crop-pathogen interactions with the goal of developing novel crop varieties with enhanced resistance to the most challenging crop pathogens in Ireland today. To achieve this we employ novel breeding techniques to edit existing sequences and/or enhance genomes with genes of interest from related wild species. This is possible due to our participation in several gene discovery projects focussed on wheat, barley and potato while in parallel we have developed a novel gene transfer technology, termed EMT, which allows for both monocot and dicot transformation. The latter forms part of our expanding interest in the plant microbiome and the functionality of organisms therein in regards to improving crop productivity. As part of our research into genetic engineering we also have conducted EU funded field studies on the agri-environmental impact of potato engineered against late blight disease.

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Applying novel breeding technologies to develop durable disease resistant crop varieties.
  • Assessing the agri-environmental impact of genetically engineered varieties.
  • Developing an alternative gene transfer system that is applicable on multiple crop species.

Dr. Mullins has supervised 9 x PhD candidates to qualification and currently mentor a team of 10, composed of 2 x post-docs, 6 x PhD students, 1 x MSc and 1 x research technician.

Fiona Brennan

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Soil Microbiology

Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

Soil microbiome, plant-soil-microbial interactions, greenhouse gases, nutrient cycling, enteric pathogens.

My research team investigates the composition and function of the soil microbiome in agronomic systems, and how this knowledge can be used to inform agricultural management strategies. We’re using new technologies to identify the microbes and pathways that underpin functions related to productivity, nutrient cycling and carbon sequestration. In addition, we’re investigating the effect of management, environmental and edaphic factors on the soil microbiome. We investigate the microbial communities responsible for the production of N20 (denitrifiers, nitrifiers) in soils and manures, with the aim of identifying regulators of each pathway and potential mitigation options. A key research focus of our group is on Plant-Soil-Microbial interactions and how they impact on soil fertility. We also study the prevalence, fate and transport of microbial enteropathogens and their indicators in the environment within soil, water, plants and organic amendments.

Research areas of interest for  application:

  • Linking microbially mediated soil organic matter turnover to nutrient availability in agricultural soils
  • The effect of management, environmental and edaphic factors on the soil microbiome
  • Microbial communities responsible for the production of N20 (denitrifiers, nitrifiers) in soils
  • Impact of Plant-Soil-Microbial interactions on soil fertility
  • Adaptation of E. coli to the soil environment

Dr Brennan has supervised 3 PhD and 1 MSc students to completion. Currently her research team consists of 8 PhD students.

Gary Lanigan

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Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

CN cycling, greenhouse gas mitigation, sequestration, isotope tracing.

The area of research I am focused on is quantifying and drawing up mitigation strategies for gaseous emissions associated with agricultural practices. These emissions include the major greenhouse gases; carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, as well as non-greenhouse emissions, such as ammonia. In particular, I am interested in looking at the effects of changes in land management and/or land use on nitrous oxide, carbon and ammonia fluxes. Particular interests are the use of stable isotopes to characterise C and N cycling in ecosystems and eddy covariance techniques to quantify field-scale fluxes.

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Tracing carbon and nitrogen flows through agro-ecosystems – understanding the impact of future climate change on biogeochemical cycling
  • Designing low GHG farming systems
  • Enhancing carbon sequestration across various land-uses
  • Reducing N2O and ammonia emissions from livestock and/or tillage systems
  • Use of micromet techniques to assess GHG emissions and ecosystem C balance

Prof. Lanigan has supervised 10 PhD and 2 MSc students to completion and 5 postdocs. Currently his research team consists of 1 postdoc, 1 technician and 7 PhD students.

Guy Serbin

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Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

Remote sensing, land cover, senescent vegetation/ crop residues/ plant litter, tillage intensity, time-series analysis, big data.

Research area of interest for application:

Remote sensing of tillage intensity

Dr. Guy Serbin has helped to supervise Ph.D. students.

John Finn

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Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

Multi-species mixtures, grassland diversity, biodiversity, sustainability accreditation, high nature value farmland, ecosystem services

Research area of interest for application:

  • Measurement of ecosystem service provision from manipulations of diversity in multi-species grassland mixtures.
  • Responses of interest include yield, forage quality, resistance to weed invasions, resistance to extreme weather events, resource use efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions.

Dr. Finn is an experienced supervisor of PhD and postdoctoral researchers. He has previously supervised two Marie Curie fellows, several postdoctoral fellows, and multiple PhD fellowships. He is Postgraduate Director of Agri-Food Graduate Development Programme.

John Upton

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Livestock Systems

 

 

Livestock Department

Dairy, Labour, Milking, Energy

The focus of John’s group is to achieve maximum performance of the whole farm system by optimising the interaction between pasture utilisation, supplementary feeding strategy and animal performance.

Research area of interest for application:

Currently the main areas of interest revolve around the themes of making dairy farms more energy & water efficient, while optimising dairy farm infrastructure. We are also active in the areas of labour productivity during the milking process and milking parlour efficiency

Dr. Upton is currently supervising 4 PhD students.

 

Kanishka Nilaweera

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Whey proteins and energy balance project (https://osf.io/g432n/)

Calorie restriction and energy balance project (https://osf.io/9yath/)

Food Biosciences Department

Diet, intestine, nutrient absorption, adiposity, energy balance, hypothalamus, obesity, dietary interventions, body composition and growth

We are exploring the mechanisms regulating body weight and how these react to different types of ingested food. Utilising this knowledge, we then seek to create interventions that can prevent weight gain and improve body composition in obese individuals. To support this work, we have attracted ~€2 Million grant funding from 2010 onwards (http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6074-9457) including from the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in UK.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Mechanisms regulating body weight and tissue growth from early life to adulthood.
  • Dietary approaches for weight management and improved body composition.

Dr. Nilaweera is currently supervising 1 PhD student and 2 Post-doctoral researchers and has attracted funding for a PhD studentship 2019-2023. He has previously supervised/co-supervised 2 PhD students and a post-doctoral researcher.

 

Karen Daly

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Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

Soil spectroscopy, chemometrics, modelling, portable spectroscopy.

Teagasc’s programme of research on soil and crop sensing is currently developing new technologies that will underpin the competitiveness of Irish agriculture. This research is focussing on the application of spectroscopy and chemometrics for the non-destructive analysis of agricultural soils, crops and sediments. The research group consists of 3 Ph.D. students with laboratory research support provided by a permanent technologist. This programme of research is resourced with bench-top and portable spectroscopic instrument that includes near and mid infra-red spectroscopy and energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. Aligned with Teagasc Technology Foresight 2035 strategy this programme is progressing new methods and applications in spectroscopy for the agri-food sector.

Research areas of interest for application: Environmental and Geosciences (ENV):

  • V2 - Earth system science (Environmental chemistry)
  • V4 - Food Science, Agriculture, Forestry and Non-Medical Biotechnology

Dr. Daly has a track record in project management and people management; and an excellent record of securing funding for new work and managing the work packages, budget and staff on multiple research projects. She currently has 6 post-graduate students and is also co-supervisor to 2 post-doctoral researchers. She previously supervised 3 PhD and 1 MSc student to completion and supervised 5 contract researchers/post-doctoral scientists.

Karl Richards

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Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

Environmental contaminants, soil, water, nitrogen cycling, greenhouse gas emissions, leaching, pathogens.

My research team investigates the source and transport of contaminants to water and air within agricultural landscapes. Our group integrates soil processes with environmental emissions to water and air from agricultural soils. Currently we are focusing on nitrogen cycling in soil and methods to enhance sustainability through mitigation of nitrous oxide emissions to the atmosphere and nitrate leaching to water. The team is also investigating pathogen survival in soil/water and emerging contaminants in groundwater.

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Improved understanding of controls to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from agriculture
  • Methods to reduce contaminant transport to water
  • Improving the grassland nitrogen cycle

Dr Richards has supervised 15 PhD and 3 MSc students to completion and 7 postdocs. Currently his research team consists of 2 postdocs and 8 PhD students.

Kaye Burgess

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Food Safety Department

Biofilm, Listeria, STEC, Salmonella, transcriptomics.

The objective of the Teagasc Food Safety Department is to provide the science to underpin a total chain, risk based approach to food safety, focusing on microbial and chemical contaminants in the ‘farm to fork’ food chain. The microbiology programme addresses key food bacterial pathogens along the complete chain. Our research uses microbiological, genomic, proteomic and mathematical modelling tools to address issues including pathogen transmission and tracking in the food chain, pathogen behaviour and survival in the food chain, including adaptation to stresses they encounter. A focus is also placed on the development of novel control measures.

Research areas of interest for  application:

  • Evaluation and minimisation of biofilm formation by foodborne pathogens
  • Transcriptomic response of foodborne pathogens to stresses encountered in the food chain

Dr. Burgess has significant experience in supervising and mentoring both postdoctoral and technical staff and postgraduate students to successful completion of MScs and PhDs. I currently supervise three PhD students and one technician and co-supervise two additional PhD students.

Keelin O'Driscoll

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Pig Development Department

Pig, animal welfare, animal behaviour.

Dr. Keelin’s research focuses on investigating management and nutritional strategies that can improve the welfare and performance of commercially produced pigs. Understanding and meeting the needs of farmed animals is essential to improving farming systems from the perspectives of pig and producer, and in developing systems which are acceptable to the consumer and to society. My recent work with sows has focused on nutrition during gestation and lactation, and the effects on sow performance and piglet performance and welfare. I have also carried out work investigating management strategies to deal with piglets from large litters. A major focus of my research during the past 3 years has been investigation of strategies to reduce damaging behaviour in pigs.

Research area of interest for application:

Dr. Keelin is interested in all aspects of pig welfare or behaviour. Specific areas of interest which are currently relevant to his work are

    • Investigation into tail biting in pigs
    • Effects of pre-natal stress on piglet development
    • Investigation of management strategies which could induce positive welfare states

Dr. Driscoll has supervised 1 postdoctoral researcher, 1 MSc and 5 PhD students.

 

Kieran Jordan

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Food Safety Department

Whole genome sequencing, bioinformatics, Listeria monocytogenes.

The group works on the analysis of food and the food processing environment for Listeria monocytogenes and then characterises the isolates by genotypic and phenotypic methods.

Research area of interest for application:

Bioinformatic analysis of whole genome sequences of L. monocytogenes, followed by phenotypic analysis of the isolates to relate genotypic and phenotypic traits.

Experience with whole genome sequence analysis is essential.

 

Kieran Meade

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Animal & Bioscience Department

Bovine immunology, mycobacterial, antiviral, copy number, immunomodulatory, host defence peptides

Bovine Immunology ‘One Health’ Research Group

We investigate the induction, expression and manipulation of host defence peptides (HDPs) to breed cattle with superior disease resistance as well as their use in adjunct therapeutic and vaccination strategies.

Key to controlling zoonotic infections is to reduce the burden of disease at source, and enormous potential exists for research impact on bovine immunology to enhance sustainable livestock production and also to protect the food chain & human health.

Research areas of interest for  application:

  • Mycobacterial efficacy of HDPs
  • Antiviral efficacy of HDPs
  • HDP copy number variation in the bovine genome
  • Immunomodulatory activity of HDPs
  • Epigenetic regulation of HDPs

Dr Meade leads a productive group consisting of postdoctoral researchers, 6 PhD students, 2 MSc students and a number of undergraduates.

A Marie Curie fellowship represents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to contribute to cutting edge projects, and develop their own distinct research career track. Teagasc have also established a postdoctoral development programme to enhance the acquisition of transferrable skills. Based in the new state of the art Bioscience Research Facility in Co. Meath, the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre is a major initiative to expand Teagasc’s capacity for advanced and translational research in animal bioscience. Collaborative expertise and training will also be available via a number of leading national and international scientists.

Linda Giblin

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Food Biosciences Department

Food Bioactives, Food Digestion and Bioavailability, Intestinal Barrier Function.

Dr. Linda’s lab has published >50 research papers in international peer reviewed journals (33 in the last 5 years), 4 invited book chapters and Linda has a h-index of 20, i-index of 33. She leads a molecular biology group at Teagasc with research interests in Food Bioactives, Food Bioavailability and Intestinal Barrier function. She has been Coordinator/Principal Investigator on numerous national and EU funded projects including Food for Health Ireland, with in excess of €3m allocated to her lab. She is an associate editor for Journal of Functional Foods and an ad hoc reviewer for several top Food Bioactive journals (Food Chemistry, Molecular Nutrition & Food Research and Food & Function). She regularly reviews grant proposals for several Irish and EU funding agencies.

Research area of interest for  application:

  • Food Bioactives
  • Food Digestion and Bioavailability
  • Intestinal Barrier Function

Dr. Linda Giblin has supervised 8 PhD, 10 MSc and 6 Post-doctoral scientists to completion and currently supervises 4 PhD students and 2 post-doctoral scientists. Linda has management accreditation in Managing People FETAC Level 6 and IMI Management certification. She has actively participated in Teagasc’s Walsh Fellowship Programme (post-graduate) as a member of the Walsh Fellowship Committee, conference judge, and up skilling at supervisor training workshops. Ex-postgraduate scientists from her lab currently hold senior positions in industry including: Site Head Quality-ALCON, QS Supervisor-MYLAN, Analytical Chemist-EL LILY, R&D analyst-TEVA Pharmaceuticals, Biochemist Analyst-MERCK MILLIPORE and QC microbiologist-SANOFI GENZYME.

Louise McNamara

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Crops Research Department

Entomology, integrated pest management, biocontrol, insecticide resistance.

My research interests are integrated pest management of insect pests with a focus on arable crops. This encompasses best use of insecticides, insecticide resistance, biological pest control, cultural control and promotion of biodiversity in an arable farm landscape to enhance ecosystem services. Current research includes control of the grain aphid, Sitobion avenae, in light of insecticide resistance and the role of Ecological Focus Areas for promotion of natural enemy populations.

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Integrated pest management (pests of arable crops)
  • Insecticide resistance
  • Biological pest control

Currently (co)supervising 2 PhD students and 1 technician.

Maeve Henchion

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Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis Department

Social science, consumer acceptance, bioeconomy, protein, innovation systems, public policy.

Dr. Maeve leads 7 permanent research staff and associated post-docs and PhD students in the Department of Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis.  In addition she contributes to social science research perspectives to multidisciplinary research projects that relate to innovation in the agrifood sector and wider economy.  The results of her research inform the development of industry roadmaps and public policy.  Current research themes relate to the bioeconomy, protein demand and supply, and food chain integrity.

Dr. Maeve has supervised 10 postgraduate students to completion (PhD and Masters by Research) as well as 13 post docs/contract research officers.

 

Mark Auty

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National Food Imaging Centre, Teagasc

Food Chemistry & Technology Department

Food: microstructure, dairy, powder, food nanotechnology, chemistry.

Dr. Mark’s research programme is built around food structure, microstructure and nanotechnology. Understanding structure-function relationships in dairy-based food systems, using high-end imaging tools such as light, confocal, electron and atomic force microscopy in addition to extensive physical and chemical analyses within the Food Chemistry & Technology Department. These techniques are then applied to industry-relevant products produced from the laboratory through pilot and commercial up-scaling.

Research area of interest for  application:

Developing new imaging approaches for characterising dairy-based ingredients and products. This includes atomic force microscopy and spectroscopy-based hybrid microscopy techniques. These new approaches will be used to gain unique insights into dairy ingredient dehydration and rehydration physico-chemical properties.

Dr. Auty has been supervisor of 6 PhD students (2 current), 6 post-docs, 2 technicians, 1 technologists & 2 interns and has extensive mentoring experience, teaching food microstructure to undergraduates and postgraduate researchers.

Niall Farrelly

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Forest Development Department

Forest Management and Forest Genetics

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Forest genetics, forest growth and yield

Dr. Farrelly has supervised 3x PhD student and 3x Masters Student and contract Research officers.

 

Olivia McAuliffe

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Food Biosciences Department

Food: pathogen detection, nanodiagnostics, bacteriophage (phage), phage-host interactions, phage-derived affinity proteins.

One of our major research interests concerns the in-depth analysis of bacteriophages and the relationship that they have with their host cells. The work has mainly focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms underpinning the phage infection of bacterial cells. In addition, we are investigating the potential of using bacteriophages, and products derived from them, as therapeutics agents and for pathogen detection. Numerous phages and their endolysins have been characterised, some of which target the more problematic pathogens including MRSA, Clostridium difficile, E. coli O157:H7 and Listeria monocytogenes.

Research area of interest for application: Phage-derived affinity proteins as biorecognition elements for pathogen detection:

The project would involve the recombinant production and characterisation of phage-derived affinity proteins with a view to their use as biorecognition elements for pathogen detection. In particular, we are interested in phage-receptor binding proteins, the proteins in the tail of phages that drive specificity. We would like to identify these (for some phages, we already know), produce and purify them recombinantly (a method development to do this would be part of the project), and characterise them with a view to utilising these proteins as the biorecognition elements for bacterial detection. There are some methods for assessing the ability of the phage proteins to detect their hosts, and we would like to establish these in the laboratory. The pathogens whose phages we are interested in are Listeria moncytogenes and Cronobacter sakazaaki, two pathogens which prey on vulnerable populations.

To date, Dr. Olivia has supervised 5 PhD students and 4 MSc students to completion. She has also supervised 2 post-doctoral researchers, 2 contract technologists and a host of student internships in the past. Her current research team consists of 4 PhD students, 2 MSc students, 2 post-doctoral researchers and 1 technician.

Orla Keane

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Animal & Bioscience Department

Infection biology, Staphylococcus aureus, mastitis, gastrointestinal nematode, immune response, genomics.

Dr. Orla’s research focuses on infection biology with an emphasis on host-pathogen interactions. An understanding of such interactions is increasingly important due to societal concern regarding the emergence of antibiotic and anthelmintic resistance, and the effect of climate change on pathogen epidemiology. Her research group aims to understand the role of host and pathogen genomic variation in controlling infection outcome and disease progression and in antibiotic/anthelmintic treatment failure. Pathogens of interest include bovine-associated Staphylococcus aureus and Teladorsagia circumcincta in sheep.

Research areas of interest for application:

  • The ovine immune response to gastrointestinal nematodes
  • The molecular basis of Staphylococcus aureus intramammary infection

Dr. Orla Keane has supervised 1 post-doctoral scientist and 4 PhD students to completion. Her research group currently consists of 1 post-doc, 3 PhD students and 1 MSc student.

Orla O'Sullivan

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Food Biosciences Department

Bioinformatics, metagenomics, microbiome, exercise, diet, genomics.

Dr. Orla’s research group focuses on elucidating the microbiome from various environments including human gut and lung, rumen and food. Of particular interest to her is the role of exercise and diet, specifically whey protein, on the human gut microbiome both in healthy and diseased cohorts.

Research area of interest for application:

Impacts of fitness and diet on microbial populations

Dr. Sullivan has extensive experience both in mentoring staff and students. Currently she has 3 PhD students and 1 post-doc under her direct supervisions as well as MSc placement students.

Owen Fenton

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Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

Nitrogen, land drainage, soil, hydrology, hydrogeology.

My research team investigates the source, transformation and fate of nitrogen within agricultural landscapes. I am particularly interested in hydrological and biogeochemical time lags and characterisation of land drainage systems. Other research looks at engineered solution to remediate mixed pollutant losses from agricultural ditch networks.

Research areas of interest for  application:

  • Improved understanding of hydrological and biogeochemical time lags in agricultural catchments
  • Characterisation of land drainage systems using novel techniques
  • Engineered solutions for pollutant remediation

Prof. Fenton has supervised 15 PhD and 3 MSc students to completion and 2 postdocs. Currently he is involved in both Marie Curie ITN and H2020 projects.

Padraig French

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Livestock Department

Dairy beef production, farm systems.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Dairy and beef Farm Systems
  • Dairy farm infrastructure
  • Farm financial performance
  • Profitable dairy farm expansion
  • Greenfield dairy farm conversion

Dr. French has supervised 5 PhDs and 6 Post-doc researchers.

 

Patrick Forrestal

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Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

Soil fertility, nutrients (N, S, K), fertilisers, ammonia emissions, manures.

My research interest focuses on bringing new understanding of plant, soil, and nutrient interactions to bear in developing strategies and solutions which optimize agricultural productivity and limit potential for negative environmental impacts.

Recent focus includes execution of a multi-site inter-agency collaborative research project focused on gaseous nitrogen (N) emissions, N dynamics and agronomy in intensively managed grassland and arable agro-ecosystems.

Future work will include a focus on potassium and sulphur nutrition along with efficiency of recycled residues and animal manures along with gaseous N losses from manures and fertilisers.

Research areas of interest for  application:

  • Nitrogen cycling
  • Potassium
  • Sulphur
  • Nutrient recycling from residues and animal manures

Dr Forrestal has supervised 2 PhD and 1 MSc students to completion.

Paul Cotter

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Food Biosciences Department

Food, Gut, Microbiota, Sequencing, Fermentation, Bacteriocin.

Dr. Paul Cotter is a Principal Research Officer and Head of Food Biosciences at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ireland where he also runs the Teagasc Next Gen DNA Sequencing Centre and an accompanying team of bioinformaticians. In addition, he is a Principal Investigator within the APC Microbiome Institute and an adjunct lecturer at Cork Institute of Technology. Paul’s research focuses primarily on the microbiology of food (especially fermented foods and beverages and their health promoting properties), the food chain (from a spoilage and safety perspective) and the human microbiome (including gut and vagina) and the modulation thereof, in the latter case through for, example, live biotherapeutics/probiotics, diet and exercise. Paul’s research focuses primarily on the microbiology of food (especially fermented foods and beverages and their health promoting properties), the food chain (from a spoilage and safety perspective) and the human microbiome (including gut and vagina) and the modulation thereof, in the latter case through for, example, live biotherapeutics/probiotics, diet and exercise. He also has an international reputation in the field of antimicrobial peptides/bacteriocins. His laboratory were awarded the title of Irish Food/Agriculture Laboratory of the Year 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and he has received awards from the Society for Applied Microbiology, ESCMID and FEMS and is an appointed faculty member of Faculty of 1000 (Biology) since 2006. Dr Cotter is also the author of >250 peer-reviewed publications (H-index 60) resulting from research funded by the EU, Science Foundation Ireland, the Irish Health Research Board, Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology. He has also served on the editorial boards of MSystems, Applied & Environmental Microbiology, PLoS One, BMC Microbiology, F1000 Reports and Proteins & Antimicrobial Peptides.

Research areas of interest for  application: as described above in research activities

Dr. Cotter has considerable experience of mentoring senior research fellow through MSCA, Science Foundation Ireland and other schemes

Peadar Lawlor

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Pig Development Department

Pig, Nutrition, Management, Feed efficiency, feeding systems, intestine, alternatives to antibiotics.

The research group of Dr. Peadar Lawlor is located in the Pig Development Department, Animal & Grassland Research & Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork, Ireland. The research activities of the group include, nutrition and management of pigs and in particular newly weaned pigs and sows, improving feed efficiency in pigs, salmonella control in pigs, investigation of novel feed additives as alternatives to in-feed antibiotics for pigs, post-market monitoring of genetically modified animal feed ingredients, nutritional and post slaughter factors affecting meat eating quality, pre-natal muscle development in pigs in response to gestation feeding, liquid feeding of pigs. This group also investigates manure management and energy generation from pig manure, manure pathogens & biosafety of manure recycling, microbiota of manure and anaerobic digestate.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Liquid feeding of pigs
  • Pre and post-weaning nutrition of the young pig
  • Alternatives to antibiotics and zinc oxide
  • Improving Feed efficiency in pigs

Dr. Lawlor has supervised 14 PhDs, 5 MSc (to completion) and 6 Post-doctoral researchers.

 

Per-Erik Mellander

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Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

Water quality, climate, agriculture, nutrients, pesticides, critical source areas.

The team consists of a catchment scientist, soil scientist, hydro-chemist, socio-economist, economic modeller, technicians, data manager and advisors. The research group, have been working with 300 farmers across six ca 10km2 catchments in Ireland. The team is developing science-based solutions for Ireland's water quality challenges.

Research area of interest for application:

  • In-stream processes of nitrogen and phosphorus
  • Temporal and spatial N, P and C transfer to waters

Dr. Mellander is supervisor/co-supervisor of 4 completed PhD’s and 6 on-going PhD’s. Currently he is supervising 1 Post-Doc researcher and managing 5 Research Officers.

 

Richie Hackett

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Crops Research Department

Agronomy, crop nutrition, sensors, precision agriculture

Research area of interest for application: Any project involving applied field based research in the area of crop agronomy is of interest.  Research projects on the use of proximal or remote sensors to monitor crops and/or guide external inputs to crops are of particular interest. Projects that examine the potential of crop simulation models, either alone or in combination with real-time crop data, are also of interest. Projects which focus on methods of improving use efficiency of fertiliser inputs, particularly nitrogen, to arable crops are of particular relevance.

Dr. Hackett has supervised a number of doctoral students in the area of crop agronomy to successfully complete their studies.

 

Rita Hickey

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Food Biosciences Department

Milk oligosaccharides, milk glycoproteins, host-microbial interactions, food glycans, colostrum.

Dr. Rita Hickey is a senior research officer in the Food Biosciences Dept. at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark. Her main research interests focus on investigating the biological properties of sugars isolated from food sources. Rita is the lead PI on the FHI Infant Nutrition workpackage for Food for Health Ireland and was a funded PI on the SFI-funded Alimentary Glycobiology Research Cluster (AGRC). She is a faculty member of the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) and currently collaborates with PIs from the APC. A major area of interest is the effect of food derived oligosaccharides on host-microbial interactions in the gut. For instance, milk oligosaccharides can alter intestinal glycosylation, which in turn contributes to early immune development and maturation of the newborn intestinal tract. In the Hickey lab, strategies to increase the colonisation of infant-associated Bifidobacteria have been extensively investigated in recent years with promising results.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Investigating the biological properties of sugars/oligosaccharides isolated from food sources
  • Investigating the effect of food derived oligosaccharides on host-microbial interactions in the gut
  • The extraction, enrichment, fractionation and structural analysis of food derived oligosaccharides
  • Development of bioassays for investigating the bioactive properties of glycans/ oligosaccharides isolated from food source.

Dr. Hickey has supervised 4 PhD and 5 Post-doctoral scientists to completion and a host of student internships in the past. She is currently supervising 5 PhD students and 2 post-doctoral scientists. Rita manages the Tissue culture facilities at Teagasc and actively participated in Teagasc’s Walsh Fellowship Programme (post-graduate) as a member of the Walsh Fellowship Committee and student mentor for the Food research. Ex-postgraduate scientists from her lab currently hold senior positions in industry and academia including: Senior researcher Biostime; RD&A Senior Scientist, Kerry Group; Senior Researcher, Quadram Institute Bioscience; CAPA Specialist; Kora Healthcare.

Ruth Hamill

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Food Quality & Sensory Science Department

Food quality, transcriptomics, RNAseq, meat quality, proteomics, metabolomics.

We are interested in discovering genes, proteins and functional pathways which influence product quality in beef, pork and sheepmeat. We have published our research in high quality journals including Proteomics, BMC Genomics, BMC Genetics, Journal of Animal Science and PLoS One. The lab is well-funded and collaborative (current collaborators include UCD, UCC, FBN Germany, USDA) with five active research projects, funded by European Union and Irish national funding programmes.

Research area of interest for application: Functional genomics of beef eating quality.

Dr. Hamill has supervised three PhD students to completion in this area, who have all submitted their theses within 4 years and published 4-5 papers from their work. She currently supervises the research activities of 4 PhD students and 2 postdoctoral scientists.

Sinead McCarthy

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Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis Department

Functional food acceptance, older consumers, new product development, sensory science.

My team focusses on consumer behaviour research in relation to food and health. Current projects include consumer food choice and health behaviour, consumer acceptance of novel food technologies, functional foods, drivers of cheese consumption, new product development and sensory science.

Research areas of interest for application:

Consumer behaviour in relation to food, nutrition and health

Dr. Sinead McCarthy has 20 years of experience in mentoring and supervising both undergraduate and post graduate students as well as post-doctoral fellows, research staff and colleagues.

Sinead McParland

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Livestock Department

Animal genetics, breeding programmes, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, phenomic tools.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Breeding programmes
  • Phenomic tools
  • Genetics of milk quality
  • Development of genetic evaluations, breeding objectives and breeding goals
  • Conservation genetics
 

Song Miao

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Food Chemistry & Technology Department

Novel delivery systems, dehydration and post-drying technologies, stabilization of probiotics, water structuring.

The work of my research group focusses on Food Material Science and Structure Design.

Research areas of interest for application:

Physico-chemical properties of biomaterials; dehydration and granulation; foods structural and textural designs; stickiness and flowability of powders; state transition and phase transition in foods; structured emulsions for functional delivery; encapsulation and functional food ingredients; stabilization of probiotics; dairy ingredients.

Experience of mentoring and supervision: 11 PhD and MSc students completed and 8 PhD and MSc students on-going

Stephen Byrne

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Crops Research Department

Bioinformatics, genomic selection, plant breeding, genomics, plant genetics.

Our research focuses on using genomic information to accelerate the rate of genetic gain in forage breeding programmes (perennial ryegrass and white clover). We want to develop high yielding and high quality pastures to support Irish Agriculture.

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Genomic selection in forages
  • Breeding for improved pasture yield and quality
  • Forage Genomics

Dr. Byrne has supervised/co-supervised 4 PhD Students and several technicians and research assistants.

Steven Kildea

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Crops Research Department

Cereal Pathogens, fungicide resistance, IPM, pathogen evolution.

My research programme focuses on the development of sustainable disease control strategies for arable crops. To achieve these goals we investigate how different control strategies impact local pathogen populations and how we can potentially manipulate these to enhance control. As such our research is multi-disciplinary, spanning both the lab and the field. A major component of the research is the development and implementation fungicide anti-resistance strategies.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Monitoring the evolution of cereal pathogens to fungicides and varietal resistance
  • Development of IPM practises for cereal diseases
  • Optimisation of cereal disease control strategies

Dr. Kildea has co-supervised 2x PhD students and 2x Masters students and current research team consists of a technologist, 2x post-docs, 3x PhD students and 1x Masters student.

Stuart Green

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Agri-Business and Spatial Analysis Department

Remote sensing, UAV, land use, mapping, precision agriculture.

Spatial analysis research, comprising Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Earth Observing (EO) Remote Sensing (RS) technologies provides a powerful platform for the comprehensive analysis of all land–based activities at the interface between the agri-food sector, economy and environment. Stuart’s research group mainly focuses on these areas.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Use of Copernicus in precision agriculture especially grassland production systems
  • Development of farmer lead ground truth systems for land-use /habitat mapping
  • Remote sensing of drainage status of organic and mineral soils
  • Development of drones as farm management tools

Dr. Stuart Green has supervised 4 PhD and 5 post-doctoral scientists to completion and currently he is supervising 6 PhD students and 2 post-doctoral scientists.