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Ireland – New Zealand Research

The Ireland – New Zealand Joint Research Initiative (JRI) is a pilot research initiative which is projected to run for an initial period of 3 years (2022-2024). The JRI is specifically focused on the identification of research gaps and the development of new technologies leading to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and in particular from enteric methane emissions. 

Under the 2023 joint research call, total funding provided jointly by DAFM is €3,894,817 for six Irish Research Performing Organisations involved – these are Teagasc, University College Cork, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University and the ICBF. The Ministry for Primary Industries will provide the balance for the research organisations in New Zealand.

The successful projects and awards are:

  1.  - Modelling and measuring agricultural management on peat soils to enhance removals and sequestration of carbon.  Teagasc. DAFM funding €1,027,290
  2.  - Development of methane emission factors specific to pasture-based dairy systems. Ben Lahart, Teagasc. DAFM funding €1,007,789.
  3. BNIPastures - Reducing nitrous oxide emissions from ruminant systems through accelerating nitrification inhibition in ryegrass and plantain mixed pastures. , Teagasc. DAFM funding €1,050,129.
  4. PRISM - Proximal sensing for near real-time monitoring of soil organic carbon pools for climate smart management.  Teagasc. DAFM funding €809,607