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Countrywide - Soil

Nov 20, 2021

Fiona Brennan is a Senior Research Officer in Soil Microbiology based in Teagasc, Johnstown Castle. Damien O'Reilly discusses the importance of soil with Fiona.

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What is soil health and is it part of the solution to many of the challenges ahead in agriculture?

Sep 6, 2021

Did you know that there are more organisms in a single teaspoon of soil than there are people on earth?

On the latest episode of The Environment Edge podcast, Dr Fiona Brennan Soil & Environmental Microbiology researcher with Teagasc based in Johnstown Castle tells us all about soil health.

A quarter of all life can be found in soil, so what actually lives in the soil beneath our feet and have we forgotten how important soil functions are in agriculture in relation to production, water quality, gaseous emissions and biodiversity?

How healthy are our soils, are we hindering or helping our soil health and what should we be doing to get the most from our soil in a sustainable manner?

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Soil Health Series: The living soil - the engine of soil processes

Environment - Soil Health Series: The living soil - the engine of soil processes - Teagasc | Agriculture and Food Development Authority

Dec 05, 2020

Our soils are teeming with life. This life underpins the majority of processes within soil and is critical for delivering a whole range of vital ecosystem functions. Researcher Fiona Brennan, Johnstown Castle, talks about the organisms living within soil and how we assess soil biological health.


Soil Health Series: The living soil - the engine of soil processes

Teagasc Research Insights Webinar - Why we need healthy soils?

Sep 15, 2020

The second webinar in a series of Teagasc Research Insights Webinars was entitled ‘Why do we need healthy soils?’ Teagasc researchers Dr. Karl Richards, Dr. Fiona Brennan, Dr. Karen Daly and Prof. Owen Fenton discuss why soils are essential for life on earth, providing food, clean water and habitats for biodiversity, contributing to climate resilience and supporting our cultural heritage and landscapes.

Safeguarding your soil biology

Jun 23, 2020

There is increasing awareness of the importance of soil biology in underpinning agriculture. The life beneath our feet is critical to the sustainability, resilience and functioning of our farming systems. Researcher, Fiona Brennan, talks about the important role played by the life within soil and provides some tips for safeguarding soil biology on your farm.

Safeguarding your soil biology

An Interview with Dr. Fiona Brennan 

Dec, 2019

Dr Fiona Brennan is a soil microbiologist at The Irish Agriculture and Food Development authority (Teagasc) in Ireland. She is a member of the Microbiology Society and in this interview she tell us more about her research and why it is important. 

An Interview with Dr. Fiona Brennan 


10 things to know about... Soil

Jan 18, 2019 

Soil is a living, breathing ecosystem and one of the most complex structures known to mankind. It gives us clean air, filters our water, and provides us with our food, forests and wildlife. Presenter Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin meets Sara Vero and David Wall at Teagasc’s Soil Research Centre in Wexford to find out about some of the 213 different types of soil we have here in Ireland. Digging a cross section into the ground, they discuss the conditions that soil needs to thrive and feed the planet, the problems created from compaction, and the crucial role earthworms play in running a healthy farm.