Beyond Peat is a five-year DAFM-funded research project aiming to identify potential peat alternatives for Irish horticulture. To highlight the work being done to meet that challenge, we spoke to the core Beyond Peat Mushroom team: Senior Research Officer Helen Grogan, Technologist Brian McGuinness, Specialist Advisor Donal Gernon, and Research Officer Eoghan Corbett.
Social sustainability is a measure of human welfare, with both internal dimensions, which relate to the individual, and external, which concern community-oriented issues around values and the demands of wider society.
A collaboration between Teagasc and the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute is aiming to better understand viral-bacterial interaction in the poultry gut and its effect on food safety.
Teagasc’s Rural Economy and Development Programme (REDP) strives to make an impact on the agri-food sector by bringing together several streams of work at different disciplinary, strategic and temporal scales. As part of its latest peer review process, the REDP team selected six case studies that realised the programme’s objectives.
Recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) is a sustainable packaging alternative to support the circular economy using recycled materials and minimising waste. The team behind the Leaf No Waste project at Teagasc Ashtown is currently investigating and trialling the use of novel rPET for fresh produce packaging using an automatic thermoformer and tray sealer.
Horticulture and Entomology Senior Research Officer Michael Gaffney is helping to lead a collaborative Teagasc project to automate pest control practices and tackle the ever-important issue of food security.
At the forefront of Irish fruit production for nearly a century, Keelings remains committed to providing locally grown produce while facing the challenges of today.
The Moorepark St Gilles Grass Growth Model, or MoSt GG for short, enables farmers to access detailed data to more accurately predict grass growth and adequately prepare for periods of poor growth.
The sexed semen lab at Teagasc Moorepark is helping to increase the availability of sex-sorted semen from large teams of dairy bulls of a high genetic index. Sexed semen allows greater reliability when predetermining calf sex, which can help bolster the Irish beef and dairy sectors.
Seeking to bolster the market for Irish apples, a new screening project will develop in-depth blueprints of customer preferences, allowing growers to focus on producing the most desirable varieties.