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The Department of Crop Science is located on a 225 hectare campus at Oak Park, Carlow. Our goal is to support the Irish tillage sector by delivering through to practise, science-led solutions that underpin both the profitability and environmental sustainability of Ireland's cropping systems. 

To complete our programme we rely on the commitment and skill of our staff be they principal investigators, technical, post-doctorate, post-graduate or under-graduate placements. The research and services we complete are to the highest international standard, using state-of-the GPS guided sowing, drone-based plot phenotyping through to controlled temperature (glasshouse and chamber) growth facilities and fully equipped molecular, pathology and tissue culture laboratories.

This is key to ensuring our stakeholders keep pace with rapidly changing technologies and enables us to support the sector in light of current/future legislative and environmental challenges.The task ahead must be to co-develop integrated crop management systems that are more resilient against our fluctuating climate but which underpin commercially viable farming enterprises while delivering quality food/feed

Working with national, European and international collaborators our programme includes research on the continuum from fundamental through to applied investigation. Across 11 individual but complementary research teams, this positions us to deliver practical solutions while maintaining a perspective on future developments in crop research. 

Feel free to contact individual staff for more detailed information and/or to consider collaborative research opportunities that may exist. 

Dr. Ewen Mullins
Head of Department