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Environment, Soils and Land-Use Research

Department Objective

To develop technologies and management strategies that farmers to achieve economic and environmental sustainability.

Sub-Programme's Objectives


Soils research programme is focused on improving our knowledge of spatial variability and soils factors influencing crop growth.

Nutrient Efficiency

To improve nutrient efficiency and soil fertility on Irish farms.

Gaseous Emissions

To reduce gaseous emissions and improve carbon footprint of Irish agriculture produce.

Water Quality

To improve water quality in agricultural catchments.


To maintain and enhance biodiversity in agricultural systems.

Soil & Land-Use Management

To develop tools for optimising soil and land-use management planning for sustainable intensification.

Department Structure

  1. Gaseous Emissions - Gary Lanigan, Dominika Krol and Karl Richards
  2. Water Quality - Per-Erik Mellander, Edward Burgess and Owen Fenton
  3. Soils - Fiona Brennan
  4. Nutrient Efficiency - David Wall, Karen Daly and Patrick Forrestal
  5. Land Use & Modelling - Lilian O'Sullivan
  6. Agro-Ecology - John Finn and Daire O hUallacháin  

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