Farming with the environment through ACRES
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist, tells us that helping the environment alongside food production on farms is the theme on the Teagasc environment stands at the Ploughing Championships this year, and ACRES can help.
A Taste For Success - Food Works Celebrates 10 years
Ireland’s leading food and drink accelerator helps raise over €6.5m in funding for early-stage companies in last 10 years. Food Works launches recruitment drive for 2023 and calls for ambitious start-ups to apply.
Take-home messages from recent events
Teagasc researchers attend many events throughout the year where they share the findings from their research. Here, we highlight some key pieces of information from recent events. This article featured in the TResearch Autumn 2022 Magazine
Minister Simon Harris announces the winner of the Food Challenge
The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science on Wednesday, 14 September, announced the winner of the Food Challenge as part of the SFI Future Innovator Prize programme and awarded €2m in funding to the Leaf No Waste team.
OrganicBeef22 Open Day with John Purcell
In this clip, meet our Teagasc organic specialists Elaine Leavy, Joe Kelleher and Martin Bourke who outline to us what you can expect to see at the upcoming OrganicBeef22 Open Day on the farm of John Purcell in Cashel, Co. Tipperary on Wednesday, 28 September 2022.
5 new protein sources you may not have come across before
Analysis: from seaweed to duckweed, here are 5 sustainably sourced alternative proteins to investigate. This article by Laura Healy, Teagasc PhD student and Walsh Scholar in Food Chemistry and Technology at TU Dublin, first published on RTÉ Brainstorm recently
‘VALPRO Path’ project to deliver opportunities for plant protein production
The VALPRO Path project, a Horizon Europe Innovation Action, co-ordinated by Dr. Ewen Mullins, Teagasc, has secured co-funding of €9.7 million. The ambitious objectives of this research project will be achieved over 4 years through the involvement of up to 25 leading academic and industry teams
Details of National Organic Beef Open Day Announced
A National Organic Beef Open Day on the farm of John Purcell, Ross, Golden, Cashel, Co Tipperary will take place on Wednesday, 28th September from 10am to 3pm. The open day is jointly organised by Teagasc, Bord Bia and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
New UCD Teagasc Level 9 Professional Diploma in Researcher Development
University College Dublin (UCD) is delighted to announce the launch of a new Level 9 Professional Diploma in Researcher Development designed and developed in association with Teagasc specifically for Post-Doctoral Fellows employed by Teagasc. Find out the details here
New Fulbright-Teagasc Scholar and Professional Award launched
Postgraduate students across Ireland are being encouraged to apply for a Teagasc sponsored Fulbright-Irish Award following a call for applications on 31 August 2022. Get more details of how to apply and of an upcoming information webinar on the awards, here
Going organic in Ireland
The EU’s Farm to Fork strategy aims to increase organic food production; knowing why consumers purchase organic foods will be essential if it is to be successful.
Food safety in Dairy Environments
The presence of foodborne pathogens in dairy products is a result of contamination from biofilms present in the food processing environment. Researchers are identifying the bacteria present in dairy processing environments to evaluate their impact on the foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes.
Unlocking protein potential in Ireland
Teagasc researchers are exploring sustainable crop- and marine-based protein resources to create new opportunities for the agriculture and food sector in Ireland. Teagasc researchers Muireann Egan, Sinéad Fitzsimons and Mark Fenelon provide more information.
Health help from kelp
Health issues that can lead to heart disease, such as diabetes, inflammation and high blood pressure are a growing global concern. Researcher are investigating a common native Irish kelp species that could offer a promising preventative remedy for high blood pressure.
TResearch Autumn 2022
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. Clearing the air - Reducing greenhouse gas emissions within the agriculture sector is a priority for our researchers
The honeybee is doing grand, but what about the other bees?
When people talk about bees, they are usually referring to honeybees and not the 20,000 other bee species in need of some love. Stephanie Maher, Teagasc biodiversity researcher, Johnstown Castle, educates us on the world of bees in this fascinating article, first published on RTÉ Brainstorm recently
What do we know about the environmental footprint of local and imported fruit and vegetables?
With increasingly sophisticated diets and demand for value, locally produced food no longer meets all of our food requirements. Imported food makes up a large proportion of the food we eat. Lael Walsh & Loren Lane, Horticulture Development Dept at Teagasc Ashtown, research the environmental impact
You are what you eat
The statement ‘You are what you eat’ is well-known in food science. It refers directly to the bioactive compounds that we ingest when we eat healthy foods, and how much of them our bodies absorb. Teagasc researchers Talita Aline Comunian and André Brodkorb with EU research colleagues tell us more
The Production of Ice Cream
Since the turn of the century and the development of the ice cream cone, the worldwide growth in consumption has been phenomenal, with over 12 billion litres of ice cream consumed each year in the USA and China alone. The Teagasc Food Industry Development Department has more information
Forest fires – we can all help
As Forestry Advisor Steven Meyen writes this, Europe burns. Huge fires are destroying thousands of hectares of forests across Europe during this latest and not last heatwave. Mediterranean countries are worst affected but central & western European countries including Ireland are also suffering.
On the scent: the aroma of raw milk
Pioneering research undertaken by Teagasc, in association with University College Cork, has shown how cows’ diets affect the aroma of raw milk.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Glanbia Ireland’s Living Proof Sustainability Strategy
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 15th July, Andy Boland, Teagasc Environment Specialist was joined by Thomas Ryan, Senior Sustainability Manager, Glanbia to discuss Glanbia Ireland’s Living Proof Sustainability Strategy.
Wheat yields down 43% - harvest update from Jim McCarthy in Romania
Jim McCarthy joined the Tillage Edge podcast from Romania this week to give an update on the progress of his harvest and an overview of the harvest in his part of the world.
All you need to know about Covid and losing your sense of smell
One of the big things that came out of the pandemic was that many people who got Covid also lost their sense of smell. Some have got it back, others have got it partly back and others haven't got it back at all. Dr Emily Crofton,Teagasc researcher joined the Ray D'Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 to discuss
The Energy and Farm Business Show 2022
The Energy and Farm Business Show is the business event for forward thinking farmers and landowners looking to explore ways to address climate change and enhance their business through the generation of renewable energy, the implementation of low carbon technology and environmental best practice.
Thomas Curran is New Head of the Teagasc Advisory Service
Thomas Curran has been appointed as the new Head of the Teagasc Advisory Service. The appointment was approved by the Teagasc Authority today, Tuesday, 19 July. Thomas Curran will lead the Teagasc advisory service, which is delivered to farmers nationwide by a team of agricultural advisors
Energy In Agriculture 2022
The Energy and Farm Business Show is set to bring you an incredible day full of unmissable insights into the latest revolutionary products transforming the agri-industry. Gurteen College will be transformed into the ultimate hub on Tuesday, 19 July ready to turn your ideas into a reality.
Today's Farm - July/August 2022
The July/August edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. In this edition Meet our Green Cert graduates. With Farm Safety Week in July we learn it's the most dangerous month. Also Seven steps to maximise lamb performance, Growing demand for oilseed rape; joining ACRES and more
World Microbiome Day 2022
For World Microbiome Day 2022, Dr John Leech from Teagasc’s Food Biosciences Department in Moorepark joined APC Microbiome Ireland, Darina Allen and Maria Walsh at Ballymaloe Cookery School for a microbiome-friendly cooking lesson. Check out the full video and recipes here
Teagasc Director welcomes farmers to Grange for Beef 2022
The day has finally arrived: Beef2022! Let's hear from Teagasc Director, Professor Frank O'Mara who extends a warm welcome to all.."I am delighted to welcome you to BEEF2022 at Teagasc Grange and I hope that you find the day enjoyable, informative and fulfilling". Frank has more about the day here
Signpost Series Webinar - Sustainability and what it means for Keeling’s
On this episode of the Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 10th June, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Des Ferris, Technical Director, Keeling's to discuss sustainability and what it means for Keeling’s
July Organic Farm Walks
Teagasc, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine and organic organisations invite all farmers and members of the public to see organic farming in practice and to meet and speak with the producers and sector’s experts. Do this by attending one of the three final Organic Summer Farm walks in July
NUÁIL! - Sustainable Food Research & Innovation Workshop
Teagasc, in collaboration with Munster Technological University (MTU), will be hosting an online workshop for food producers, members of the research community, policy makers and other stakeholders in the Irish agri-food sector on Thursday, June 30, 2022, from 10am - 12 noon.
Successful Kildalton 50th Open Day
The Teagasc Kildalton Agriculture, Horticulture and Equine College in Piltown county Kilkenny opened its doors and its gates to thousands of visitors on Saturday, 25 June to celebrate its 50th year as an education college.
Meat Quality Village in Beef 2022
Our beef is regarded in many markets as a premium product because of our high forage diets, traceability and ever improving sustainability. Here, Aidan Murray, Teagasc Beef Specialist introduces the Meat Quality Village, which is part of the Teagasc Beef 2022 open day at Grange on July 5th.
Safety net: food security in Ireland
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to a global increase in food costs, worsening food security problems in some countries, and introducing it to others. Here, Teagasc’s Head of Rural Economy Development Programme Kevin Hanrahan examines food security in Ireland, and rising food prices
Show Jessy your Farm Safety ideas and win!
Calling 4-12 year olds! Jessy the Sheep Dog, our Teagasc Farm Safety mascot, loves to help keep everyone safe on the farm so she wants to give 4 lucky winners a prize. Find out about the ‘Stay Safe with Jessy' art competition, how to enter and what you can win. Closing date for entries is 22 July
New Teagasc Regional Reviews Published
Teagasc has published Reviews for each of the 12 Teagasc Advisory Regions. The reviews give an overview of the range of the agricultural and farming sectors in each region. The supporting advisory activities and education courses provided by Teagasc are also highlighted and available in the reviews.
Teagasc research projects secure significant funding under latest announcement by DAFM
Eight different Teagasc led and collaborative projects will share in the latest round of research funding grants by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, which cover areas including the agri-sector, food safety, human nutrition, food processing and sustainable crop production systems
Minister Heydon: “Research and Innovation central to delivering on the ambition of Food Vision 2030”
Over 120 delegates from across Ireland’s agri-food sector, higher education and civil society are participating in a seminar and workshop today to explore the central role research and innovation for sustainable food systems will play in delivering on the ambition of the Food Vision 2030 strategy.
Organics eNewsletter - Summer 2022
The first Teagasc Organics eNewsletter was recently sent to subscribers. The newsletter will issue every quarter with the latest information and news from the Teagasc Organics Programme. Subscribe here to get it delivered directly to your inbox every quarter.
The Bioprocess Innovation Suite at Teagasc Moorepark Update June 2022
Dr Olivia McAuliffe, project lead for the Bioprocess Innovation Suite has an update on progress in the second update newsletter on the development of the Bioprocess Innovation Suite at Teagasc Moorepark. Each month here on Teagasc Daily you will be updated on how the new facility is coming along.
Teagasc Horticulture ‘Healthy People, Healthy Planet’ exhibit at Bloom 2022
Teagasc are delighted to be exhibiting this year at Bord Bia Bloom running from June 2nd to 6th in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Teagasc has developed an exciting exhibit for Bloom to support the horticulture sector and the growers and producers who make up the sector.
Fermented Foods Surge Meets Patchwork of Regulation, Standards
The surging popularity of beneficial fermented foods like kombucha and yogurt is being met with a patchwork of regulations worldwide, according to a recent review.
TResearch Summer 2022
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. Picture of health - Researchers are leading work to improve the health and happiness of animals on farms, as public interest in animal welfare increases
Funded Pathway to Agri-Analytics Career at DkIT
Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) have launched a new postgraduate qualification aimed at upskilling graduates for data analytics roles across the farming sector, advisory services, the Agri-Food industry and other Agri-Tech businesses.
Teagasc Celebrates World Digestive Health Day
On World Digestive Health Day, 29th May 2022, Teagasc researchers are using cutting edge lab models to study food digestion and absorption. Learn more about their fascinating work here
The Jackson Organic Farm
In 2015 Ross and Amy Jackson began conversion to organic farming and now farm a cereal enterprise of malting barley and oats, and a sheep enterprise. In April they held an organic farm walk on their farm at Lacka, Carrig, Co.Tipperary. We catch up with them here to find out about their organic farm
Additives reducing methane emissions
The ‘METH-ABATE’ project aims to identify additives from a range of sources in order to reduce methane emissions. Emily Roskam and Sinéad Waters, Teagasc Grange Researchers enlighten us. Sinead Waters also presented on the role of feed additives in reducing methane emissions in a Signpost video here
Award-winning Kylemore farmhouse cheese
Kylemore farmhouse cheese won the Sustainable Rural Innovation Award 2022 at the RDS Agriculture & Forestry Sustainability Awards recently. Anne Kinsella, Teagasc Rural Economy Development Programme, Athenry reports from her visit with Teresa Roche at her cheese-making business
Teagasc Hosts Food Digestion Conference in Cork
Scientists from industry and academia gathered in Cork recently for the 7th International Conference on Food Digestion, with over 250 delegates from 29 countries.
Direct selling from Castlemine Farm
The Allen family has been farming Castlemine Farm for five generations. The 250ac farm, located at Four Mile House in Co Roscommon produces pasture fed beef, lamb and free-range pork. Anne Kinsella, Teagasc Rural Economy Development Programme, Athenry visited the farm and farm shop to learn more
Commercial Apple Production
Irish apples have been grown commercially for over a century. Dessert apples are the most common type found in retail sales in Ireland. It should also be noted that the proportion of Irish apple retail sales through supermarkets has increased in recent decades. Find out more in this factsheet
Duck production is carried out largely in Monaghan, with Silver Hill Duck being the largest duck processor in Ireland, located in Emyvale, Co. Monaghan. On an annual basis, over four million ducks are produced in Ireland.
The Gut MicrobiotAware project
The GutMicrobiotAware project aims to explore general awareness of the concept of the gut microbiota among the general population. So we'd like to know - Do you know how the microbes in your gut influence your daily life? Take our survey here to help us all find out more.
How Sea Solutions is helping to solve the problem of methane
One third of Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture with methane being one of the biggest challenges. Dr Maria Hayes, Teagasc joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on The Environment Edge podcast to explain how Sea Solutions is helping to solve the problem.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Providing our partners with affordable sustainable food
On this episode of The Signpost Series which took place on Friday, 22 April, Pat Murphy, Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer Department, Teagasc was joined by Emer Fardy & Sean Leahy, Hilton Foods to discuss providing our partners with affordable sustainable food.
7th International Conference on Food Digestion (ICFD2022)
The 7th International Conference on Food Digestion (ICFD2022) is taking place in Cork from 3 - 5 May 2022. The three day event will be held at the Maryborough Hotel, Cork. Get details here about the programme, speakers, topics, venue, registration and more
The Bioprocess Innovation Suite at Teagasc Moorepark Update April 2022
Welcome from Dr. Olivia McAuliffe, project lead for the Bioprocess Innovation Suite to our first monthly update newsletter on the development of the Bioprocess Innovation Suite at Teagasc Moorepark. Each month here on Teagasc Daily you will be updated on how the new facility is coming along.
Direct Selling of Organic Produce - Webinar
Recently Joe Kelleher, Teagasc Organic Specialist hosted the sixth in a series of Organic Webinars exploring the direct selling of organic produce. Joe was joined by Barry Caslin, Rural Development Specialist, Teagasc; Ollie & Esther O’Brien, Cúlbhac Farm and Clive Bright, Rare Ruminare
Teagasc/SCSI Agricultural Land Market Review and Outlook Report 2022
In this major new survey, chartered surveyors, auctioneers & valuers, operating in the agricultural & rental markets say sales activity was boosted by the exit from COVID restrictions. They predict prices will continue to rise, underpinned by strong demand & a continuing low supply of land for sale
Managing Roadside Trees
The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine has published guidance on managing roadside trees. Written by a panel of experts convened by the Tree Council, it presents a simple six-step process for landowners to follow. Co-author Eileen Woodbyrne summarises the advice and guidance in the booklet
15th INFOGEST Webinar on Food Digestion
The next INFOGEST webinar will take place on Wednesday 6th April at 8AM. This monthly series, hosted by Teagasc’s André Brodkorb will feature Prof Paul Moughan from Massey University, New Zealand, who will present his research on "Food sustainability and protein: debunking the myths". Register here
The Bioprocess Innovation Suite at Teagasc Moorepark
A new state of the art bioprocessing facility is under development at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark. This facility, the Bioprocess Innovation Suite, will further enhance Teagasc’s research capabilities in the field of fermentation technology and biotransformation.
New €1 million Project aims to develop Low Carbon Roadmap for Ireland’s Bioeconomy
A new collaborative project aimed at developing a low carbon roadmap for Ireland’s bioeconomy, will be led by Munster Technological University (MTU) with Teagasc, NUI Galway and the Central Statistics Office of Ireland.
Analyses of the organic value chain in Ireland
Dan Clavin & Dr Yan Jin, Teagasc led this research in which a value chain mapping approach was undertaken using organic administrative data to understand the structure of the organic value chain, examining the distribution of organic farms in relation to their production systems
The Signpost Series Webinar - An overview of the Micro-generation Support Scheme
On this episode of The Signpost Series on Wednesday, 16 March, Mark Gibson, Head of Teagasc Outreach & Innovation Department was joined by Rory Somers, Policy Lead on Micro-generation at the Dept. of the Environment, Climate & Communications to give an overview of the Micro-generation Support Scheme
New study demonstrates the effect of pasture versus concentrate diets on the aroma of raw bovine milk
New research from Teagasc and University College Cork has demonstrated that the odour of raw milk is both directly and indirectly influenced by bovine diet. The study, published in Frontiers in Nutrition, is the first to demonstrate the direct transfer of aroma from diet to milk
Direct Selling of Organic Produce Webinar
On Wednesday, 30 March at 7.30pm, join us online for a webinar which will explore the direct selling of organic produce. Register for the event here and also find out about two other organic events taking place this week.
Microbiological Challenges for Artisan/Small Food Producers - Seminar
On Wednesday, 30th March, Teagasc will hold a seminar from 9am - 3:30pm on “Microbiological Challenges for Artisan/Small Food Producers: How to Make Safer Food” at the Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark. Registration is free but places are limited. Get details here
Something to cheers to: the value in beer waste
Teagasc researchers are working with the University of Helsinki to find ways to turn spent grain waste from beer production into functional food ingredients. Brewer’s Spent Grain (or BSG) is a waste product of the brewing industry, but it’s rich in fibre, protein and vitamins.
Farmers urged to grow more cereals and fertilize for first cut silage
The announcement by Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, of a new targeted intervention package for the tillage sector and a multi-species sward initiative, worth over €12 million, was welcomed by the Chair of the National Fodder & Food Security Committee, Mike Magan.
Raising awareness of data on the farm
The AgriDISCRETE project is raising farmers’ awareness of data by co-designing communication materials that explain what data on the farm is and how it’s shared. Researchers Claire Brown and Áine Regan, Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis, Teagasc, Athenry provide more insight here
Improving Water Quality on World Water Day
On World Water Day 2022, Improving water quality and supporting the production of high-quality food are what Teagasc are targeting through various water quality initiatives that we are involved in. Learn about the work of Teagasc ACP and ASSAP staff including groundwater sampling here
First Meeting of Fodder and Food Security Committee
Over 30 organisations were represented at the first meeting of the National Fodder and Food Security Committee last Friday, 11 March in Teagasc Moorepark. The group was set up to support the national response to the unfolding feed, fertiliser and energy supply issues created by the war in Ukraine
Today's Farm - March/April 2022
The March/April edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. It includes articles on genetics,Commercial Beef value, fertilising for grass silage, basic payment, controlling chickweed in cereals, health & safety, forestry diversification, dahlias and meet Teagasc Director Frank O'Mara
Waste not, want not
Food waste is a big problem contributing to declining resources and climate change. To try to curb this, researchers from Teagasc and National University of Ireland, Galway are providing insights into food waste behaviour.
Major Online Event to mark the Publication of Developing Rural Ireland: A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services
A webinar marking the landmark publication of ‘Developing Rural Ireland: A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services’ by Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh took place on Thursday, 17 February 2022. It was hosted jointly by Teagasc and the Social Sciences Research Centre (SSRC) at NUI Galway.
TResearch Spring 2022
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. Put to good use - Researchers are using innovative processes and consumer insights to help combat food waste
Seasolutions: Seaweeds & seaweed-ingredients to reduce enteric methane emissions from pasture-based sheep, cattle and dairy cows
On 10th and 11th March, Teagasc will host an online conference on the Seasolutions project, which is investigating whether the addition of native seaweeds and seaweed extracts to the ruminant diet can reduce methane emissions.
14th INFOGEST Webinar on Food Digestion
The 14th INFOGEST Webinar of the series will take place on Wednesday 2nd March at 2PM. This monthly series, hosted by Teagasc’s André Brodkorb, focuses on the latest research in food digestion from the international INFOGEST network of scientists from academia and industry.
The Right Course Of Action
Combining cutting-edge modern developments with traditional practical skills, Teagasc offers a unique, hands-on learning experience – with an exciting selection of courses. Head of Education Dr Anne-Marie Butler gives more information.
Dr Siobhán Jordan is Head of the Technology Transfer and Commercialisation in Teagasc
Dr Siobhán Jordan commenced her role as the new Head of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation in Teagasc. Dr Jordan will play a key role in the development and leadership of Teagasc’s innovation strategy.
Excitement as students return to Agri Aware Farm Walk & Talk
Farm Walk and Talk is an interactive series of events for second-level, agricultural science students throughout early March on ten research farms and agricultural colleges across the country. See dates and events below to sign up for these first come first served events
Teagasc celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science
There is a diversity of careers available to women in science at Teagasc. Friday, 11th February, is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Teagasc takes the opportunity to stand for women and girls in science and break the stereotypes that hold them back. Meet Teagasc Women in Science here
The Microgeneration Support Scheme - Webinar
To find out what The Micro-generation Support Scheme (MSS) will mean for agriculture, join Barry Caslin, Teagasc and Rory Somers, Assistant Principal, Electricity Policy, Dept of Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) and Policy lead for Micro-generation on Monday 14th February online.
New Appointment to Teagasc Authority
Donald Scully has been appointed to the Teagasc Authority for a five-year term by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD. Donald Scully is a member of the ICMSA executive committee and is a dairy farmer from Cherryhill House, Ballyhyland, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
13th INFOGEST Webinar on Food Digestion
The first INFOGEST webinar of 2022 will take place on Wednesday 2nd February at 2PM. This monthly series, hosted by Teagasc’s André Brodkorb, focuses on the latest research in food digestion from the international INFOGEST network of scientists from academia and industry.
Introduction to the Manufacture of Chocolate & Chocolate Confectionery
On Thursday, 3rd February from 9.30am - 1pm , Teagasc product development and sensory specialists will hold a virtual, half-day training course on the manufacture of chocolate products. The course is designed for chocolate producers of all sizes and stages of product development.
Teagasc & NUI Galway partner new BSc Agricultural Science degree in the West
2021 saw the launch of a brand new BSc in Agricultural Science at the National University of Ireland Galway with a strong focus on Sustainable Agriculture. Teagasc and NUI Galway have announced a partnership to deliver on the huge demand for an Agricultural Degree programme in the West of Ireland.
Mental health on farm - the most important part of sustainability
Dr John McNamara, Teagasc H&S specialist chats to Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers on the latest episode of the Environment Edge about Teagasc’s role in promoting farmer mental health and wellbeing, what to look out for and how we all can help.
Teagasc at BTYSTE: Milk production goes hi-tech
Have you ever wondered about the technology behind a simple glass of milk or slice of cheese? Milking a cow has come a long way from a bucket and a pair of hands. Teagasc researchers Catriona Boyle and Eimear Ferguson talk about the new technologies of dairy farming here
Cork Student wins Teagasc award at BTYSTE 2022 – Potential of nematodes to replace pesticides
Johannah Pigott, a Transition Year student from Colaiste Treasa, Kanturk, Co. Cork, is the winner of the Teagasc award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2022 (BTYSTE). Johannah’s project looked at the potential of nematodes to replace chemical pesticides.
Teagasc at BTYSTE: Reducing food waste
Teagasc is at the virtual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) 2022. Teagasc Researchers Muireann Egan and Catriona Boyle tell us about the research work of Teagasc horticultural scientists and food scientists in reducing food waste. You can visit the Teagasc stand here too
Teagasc at BTYSTE: Digesting the research
Teagasc is at the virtual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) 2022. Muireann Egan and Catriona Boyle give us an insight into digestion and the research of Teagasc food scientists as part of the event this week. Visit the Teagasc stand right here
Shelf Life of Food Products
The shelf life of a food product refers to the length of time for which it can be stored, under specified conditions, while remaining in optimum condition and safe for consumption. Find out about factors affecting shelf life, legal requirements for shelf life, use-by dates, and best-before dates.
Diversified Farmers' Guide to Social Media
Diversified businesses looking to bring in new customers need to create a social media strategy that is narrowly focused on their target audience to avoid wasting time and money. Many businesses are now aware of the need have an online presence. Follow the guidelines given here
The new super berry
Work carried out on the new and popular ‘Malling Centenary’ strawberry variety has allowed Teagasc researchers to gain a better insight into the fruit’s promising potential. Eamonn Kehoe, Soft Fruit Specialist, Horticulture Development Department Teagasc Food Research Centre, has the juicy details
Unearthing the value of Irish fruit and vegetables
Policies reflecting the link between food and health present opportunities for the Irish horticulture sector to generate both economic and societal benefits. Dermot Callaghan, Head of Horticulture Development Department, Teagasc, provides more information.
TResearch Autumn/Winter 2021
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. The Autumn/Winter 2021 issue of TResearch magazine brings a new look. We’ve put the people who carry out our cutting-edge research front and centre.
Unearthing a medieval town
For the final Map of the Month of the year 2021, we take a closer look the abandoned town of Newtown near Jerpoint Abbey, Co. Kilkenny, which according to local legend is the resting place of St. Nicholas. This map by Daniel O'Mahony, Walsh Scholar looks at how technology revolutionised archaeology.
International Stakeholder Workshop on Best Practice for the Control of Human Pathogenic Microorganisms in Plant Production Systems
A new report on Best Practice for the Control of Human Pathogenic Microorganisms in Plant Production Systems was published recently by the HUPLANTcontrol COST action; Control of Human Pathogenic Microorganisms in Plant Production Systems, with the report publication coordinated by Teagasc
Farming the sea, cleaning up our act
Amy Fitzpatrick, PhD candidate, Munster Technological University and Teagasc Food Biosciences Department won third prize with this article at the MTU Postgraduate Research Competition 2021. She discusses Farming the sea and cleaning up our act to make fish safer to eat
A day in the life: Diane Purcell-Meyerink, Teagasc Researcher
Diane Purcell-Meyerink began working at the Teagasc Food Centre, in July 2021. A Day in the Life... tells more about her well-traveled career path, taking her onto the NASA Ames base in California, to her current work in Teagasc on seaweeds and her Marie Cuire fellowship project ALGIPRO.
Feeding a healthy gut
Dr André Brodkorb and Dr Linda Giblin, food scientists at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, study food digestion and bioactives. Their research features on tonight's (Monday, 6 December) episode of “10 Things to Know About…Gut Health”, airing on RTÉ One Television at 8.30pm.
Teagasc appoint new Director of Research
Teagasc has appointed Professor Pat Dillon as Director of Research. The Teagasc Authority approved the appointment at its meeting on Wednesday, 1 December 2021. Professor Dillon will take up this new role straight away.
A day in the life: Andrea Uccello, Teagasc Researcher
Andrea Uccello is from Italy and he began working for Teagasc in July 2021. A Day in the Life... video tells how he studied Forest Science in Florence (Italy), embarked on his research journey and went on to work in the mushroom industry. Find out more about Andrea's interesting work training robots
12th Infogest Webinar on Food Digestion
The next INFOGEST Webinar on Food Digestion, hosted by Dr André Brodkorb will take place today, 1st December 2021 at 2pm. The theme of the webinar is “Lipid Digestion”. It will feature guest speaker Professor Julian McClements from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Register here
The Irish Coronavirus Sequencing Consortium November 2021
The Irish Coronavirus Sequencing Consortium, funded by Science Foundation Ireland is led by Professor Paul Cotter, Teagasc Moorepark. The aim of the project is to sequence or “read” the genetic information of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Teagasc researchers explain more in this video
Amel Sami wins Esther Unsung Hero Award 2021
Amel Sami, a PhD student at Teagasc Moorepark & University College Cork, was recently awarded the Esther Ireland Unsung Hero Award for 2021. This award is presented to individuals who have shown consistent and unshakable commitment to health partnerships between Irish institutions & counterparts
A day in the life: Caoileann Murphy, Teagasc Researcher
Caoileann Murphy began working with Teagasc in March 2021. A Day in the Life... video tells how she became fascinated with nutrition about age eight when she picked up a healthy eating leaflet in the waiting room of the dentist surgery. Caoileann said "That was it, I was hooked". Find out more
Newly funded project to investigate the use of phage to treat infections in pigs
PhageSUAS- “Improved Pig Health through the Novel Application of SynBio in Phage Therapy” is a newly funded project led by Teagasc’s Dr John Kenny, with partners at University College Cork, Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Madison-Wisconsin. Over €340,000 was awarded to the research
Introduction to Sensory Principles: An accredited training course for the food industry
Teagasc Food Industry Development are running a virtual, interactive training course “Introduction to Sensory Principles” for the food industry on 1st & 8th of December. This is the first sensory food science course in Ireland, accredited by the Institute of Food Science & Technology, IFST (UK).
Dublin Farmers win Newbie New Entrant Competition 2021 Welgro Produce Ltd
Welgro Produce located in Rush Co Dublin has been selected as the winner of the third Irish Newbie new entrant competition. Welgro established by Shane Halpin, Sean Weldon and Gary Weldon is one of only two commercial cucumber growers in Ireland.
Four Teagasc Researchers Included on the 2021 Clarivate list of Highly Cited Researchers
Four Teagasc researchers have been named on the annual Highly Cited Researchers list from Clarivate for 2021. This highly anticipated list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their field, through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.
Clean Livestock policy - Sheep
Presenting lambs clean at the abattoir becomes more challenging as the year progresses particularly for those finishing outdoors as weather conditions deteriorate. Ciaran Lynch, Teagasc Sheep Specialist discusses the Clean Livestock Policy for sheep
How to eat and exercise your way to healthy ageing
Many of us first think about healthy ageing the day we turn 65, but age-related changes in our bodies start long before that. This article by Teagasc Researchers Caoileann Murphy and Sinéad McCarthy, first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm recently
Life Cycle Assessment
For Science Week, Research Officer Lael Walsh talks about her work using Life Cycle Assessment to determine hotspots of environmental impact in horticulture products and systems
Preserving the future of food: Drying technologies for sustainable and nutritious fruit and vegetables
Scientists at the National Prepared Consumer Foods Centre (NPCFC) in Teagasc Ashtown, managed by Shay Hannon, are investigating various drying processes using state of the art drying systems that can extract and create valuable ingredients from fruits and vegetables.
Safe and sustainable irrigation water options for fruit and vegetable production
It is predicted that climate change will have an impact on our fruit & vegetable producers in Ireland. Teagasc, along with partners in TU Dublin & UCD, has recently started a DAFM funded project called HortAssure which focuses on microbial & chemical safety in fruit and vegetable production.
Creating Our Future
I’m sure you have seen or heard ads for the Creating Our Future initiative, which is a campaign being run by the government of Ireland to find out from the public what they think we should be doing scientific research on in the future.
Digesting the Research- How do fruit and veg affect our digestive system?
Every cell in our body requires fuel to function. When we eat food, we get energy from carbohydrates, fats and proteins – these are called macronutrients. On top of that, food, especially fruit and veg, have a number of other micronutrients. Find out What’s New in Fruit & Veg from Teagasc scientists
Today's Farm - November/December 2021
The November/December edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. There is a focus on business, production, environment and countryside issues. Organic farming is highlighted. Reducing the risk of TB, winter milk diets and lowering emissions are among the topics covered.
Generating bioplastics using haemoglobin from blood
On “10 Things to Know About … Blood”, airing tonight, Monday, 8 November, on RTÉ One Television at 8:30pm, presenter Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin will meet Teagasc Researchers, Dr Anne Maria Mullen and Dr Carlos Alvarez, who have developed a method to generate bioplastics using haemoglobin from blood.
Agriculture Climate Targets Challenging but Achievable
Teagasc is committed to continue its research and advisory programme supporting farmers to meet the reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions set in the Government’s Climate Action Plan.
Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load
Last week was European Week for Safety & Health at Work themed: ‘Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load’ - part of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2020-22. Francis Bligh & John McNamara, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialists take this opportunity to advise on avoiding work-related injury on the farm
Antimicrobial resistance to feature on ‘10 Things to Know About’ TV Programme
The TV programme, ‘10 Things to Know About … Outdoor Living’, which will broadcast tonight at 8.30PM on RTÉ One will address the topic of Antimicrobial resistance. Teagasc Food Safety researcher, Dr Kaye Burgess will discuss the AREST project - focused on antimicrobial resistance and the environment
Science Week 2021 - The Festival of Farming and Food
We invite you to join us for an unmissable series of virtual and in-person events for Science Week 2021, which takes place from 7 November to 14 November, as part of ‘The Festival of Farming and Food’, run by Teagasc.
Halloween - What do you know?
With Halloween upon us, Teagasc Daily asks the question: What do you know about pumpkins, bats and turnips? On Oíche Shamhna (Halloween night) long before pumpkin carving, the humble turnip was traditionally carved out. And hear what Éanna Ní Lamhna has to say on bats on the Environment Edge podcast
The Bioeconomy to 2030: A Researcher’s Perspective - Webinar
“The Bioeconomy to 2030: A Researcher’s Perspective” webinar took place on 20 October, which organised as part of Bioeconomy Ireland Week 2021. In this webinar, Teagasc researchers reflected on their work to date on the bioeconomy as well as looking to the future and the impact they aim to achieve.
Teagasc hosts NEFERTITI cross visit
NEFERTITI is an EU Horizon 2020 project aiming to network European demonstration farms to enhance cross fertilisation and innovation uptake through demonstration and peer to peer learning. Twenty six farmers, advisors and researchers from six NEFERTITI partner countries visited Ireland recently.
Teagasc Food Innovation Gateways Online Event
“Innovative Drying – Technologies and Analytics for High Quality, Sustainable Products” is the theme of this year’s Teagasc Food Innovation Gateways event. Tune in Tuesday, 26th October at 9.30 am to hear about the latest concepts and technologies available to support food and drink companies
Options for Organic Tillage Growers
The second in a series of Autumn organic webinars, hosted by the Teagasc Organic Specialists, takes place on Wednesday, 27 October at 7:30pm and focuses on Options for Organic Tillage Growers. Register here
Dr Anne-Marie Butler is the New Head of Teagasc Education
Dr Anne-Marie Butler commenced her role as Head of Teagasc Education programme this week. Dr Butler will lead the Teagasc education programme, delivered through the agriculture & horticulture colleges, Teagasc education centres, and in collaboration with the Universities & Institutes of Technology
Bioeconomy Week Ireland 2021
As part of Bioeconomy Ireland Week 2021 (18th to 22nd October) Teagasc, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM), Munster Technological University, UCD, Trinity College Dublin, and the Irish Bioeconomy Foundation will present a series of maps on the bioeconomy
It's Ag Mental Health Week 2021
Mental Health Week began on Sunday, Oct 10 and runs until Saturday, Oct 16. During this week Teagasc Daily will bring you series of short articles from John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist, reminding farmers and all working in agriculture of the importance of mental health awareness
Food Innovation Gateways: Innovative Drying - Online Event
The next Food Innovation Gateways event: Innovative Drying – Technologies and Analytics for High Quality, Sustainable Products will take place from 9am -1pm on Tuesday 26th October 2021. This virtual event will present the latest concepts and innovations in drying technologies and Teagasc research
11th Infogest Webinar on Food Digestion
The next INFOGEST Webinar on Food Digestion will take place on the 6th October 2021. The theme of the webinar is “Food Allergies and Food Digestion”, featuring guest speaker Professor Clare Mills from the University of Manchester. The webinar will be hosted by Dr André Brodkorb of Teagasc Moorepark.
Commuting before the pandemic
As some of us return to the work and college after 18 months of working from home, the September Map of the Month looks at pre-pandemic commuting patterns – highlighting how important regional towns are. It is interesting to think how the next survey of commuting will differ.
Professor Frank O’Mara takes over as Teagasc Director
Professor Frank O’Mara commenced his new role as Director of Teagasc today, Friday, 1 October. The appointment was made by the Teagasc Authority in July with the consent of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD.
The opening of the National Food Innovation Hub at Teagasc Moorepark
The National Food Innovation Hub at Teagasc Moorepark was officially opened by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin on Friday 17th September. It provides secure, confidential, office & lab spaces for food companies to establish a research base, collaborations and more. Watch the opening video here
Tánaiste Visit to Teagasc Ashtown
The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD recently visited the Teagasc Ashtown Research Centre in Dublin to view the significant investment and future development plans relating to the food and horticultural facilities there.
Microbiology for non-microbiologists- training course from Teagasc Food Industry Development
On 7th and 14th October, Teagasc will run a virtual training workshop, part-funded by the Rural Food Skillnet, that will be of interest to food businesses and producers who would like to learn more about the essentials of food microbiology, interpreting lab reports, food expiry dates and more.
The dark mysteries of the soil beneath our feet
Soil is a complex matrix and its chemical composition often depends on the location in the landscape, the parent material underneath, and the influence of the management above. This article by Senior Research Officer, Dr Karen Daly, Teagasc Johnstown Castle first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm last week
Sustainability Discussion at Teagasc Moorepark
An industry forum on the challenges and opportunities facing the Irish dairy industry took place at the Teagasc dairy event in Moorepark. The forum was broadcast live on Wednesday evening and a recording of the discussion and debate is now published on the Teagasc YouTube channel. View it here
Taoiseach opens new National Food Innovation Hub at Teagasc Moorepark
An €8.8 million investment by the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine at Teagasc Moorepark was officially opened by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin yesterday, Friday 17th September. The National Food Innovation Hub is a newly constructed facility adjoining Teagasc Food Research Centre Moorepark
Milk quality research focusing on chlorine related residues
The use of chlorine-based detergents are very effective in maintaining hygiene of the milking machine and bulk talk. Residues, however, could potentially impact on milk powder as an ingredient for infant formula. Bernie O’Brien & David Gleeson, Teagasc, Moorepark discuss their research in this area
Human health advantages of pasture-derived milk fat products
Many people today believe that dairy fats are an “unhealthy’ part of our daily diet. However, this belief is not supported by current scientific evidence. Here, PhD Walsh Scholar student, Orla Skillington at VistaMilk talks about the human health advantages of pasture-derived milk fat products
Developing Rural Ireland - A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services
A new book that documents the history of the Irish agricultural advisory services and its role in developing rural Ireland, was launched at a virtual event at Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow, yesterday, Wednesday 1 September.
10th Infogest Webinar on Food Digestion
Don't miss the 10th INFOGEST Webinar on Food Digestion, focusing on “Food-Drug Interface and Digestion”. It's all happening on the 1st September 2021 at 2pm online, in partnership with the UNGAP Cost Action. Details on speakers and registration can be found here.
How can we enjoy a tasty, fatty meal without weight gain?
Foods rich in dietary fat are known to cause weight gain if consumed excessively, and yet we still eat them because they are tasty and are in abundant supply. This article by Oleksandr Nychyk, Wiley Barton, Paul D. Cotter and Kanishka N. Nilaweera, Teagasc first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm last week
Exotic mushrooms produced from hardwood logs can be an extra income earner on many broadleaf forests. The demand for edible wild mushrooms is rapidly increasing. Most of the exotic mushrooms on sale in restaurants and supermarkets in Ireland are imported. Michael Somers, Forestry Advisor has details
UCC/Teagasc Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation open for registration
The Level 9 Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation, a University College Cork and Teagasc collaboration, is open for registration for the 2021/2022 academic year. This Postgraduate Certificate is targeted at those working or hoping to work in the food, agri-food or dairy sector
Are you a successful new entrant to farming or have you diversified your farm business?
The Teagasc, NEWBIE new entrant competition for 2021 is now open for entries. The competition is open to newcomers to farming, successors and farmers who have diversified their enterprise. Find out how to enter here
Devenish Teagasc partnership to help agri industry meet climate challenge
Ireland’s food and farming sector will have a significant competitive advantage in the global market place by creating one of the world’s most sustainable food systems through a unique collaboration between animal nutrition company, Devenish, and agriculture and food development authority, Teagasc
Dairy Processing Technology Centre signs MoU with VistaMilk paving the way for future dairy collaborations
A Memorandum of Understanding signed on the 9th August 2021 between the University of Limerick & Teagasc will facilitate two leading dairy research centres – the Dairy Processing Technology Centre & VistaMilk - to exploit synergies & collaborative opportunities for the benefit of future research.
Eating for ageing
TEAGASC research looked at functional foods for healthy ageing and asked: do older adults want them? Teagasc Researchers Caoileann Murphy and Sinead McCarthy, together with Helen Roche and Clare Corish of UCD, provide important information for food companies interested in developing functional foods
Food Industry Development Training from Teagasc: Autumn/Winter Schedule
Teagasc’s Food Industry Development Department provides advice, consultancy and specialist technical services to the Irish Agri-Food sector. Part of this service is the provision of in-company and public training programmes that address specific industry needs.
Male Farmer Diets associated with Poor Health
Being overweight/obese is an increasing public health issue in Ireland and internationally. An Irish study of male farmers’ diets and weight management showed that 62% of farmers were overweight/obese. The study revealed a number of other concerns regarding the poor health of male farmers.
TResearch Summer 2021
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. The Summer Edition of TResearch has a special feature on the living soil; Invisible lines; Circular protein; and Competitive without quotas.
National Farm Survey shows increase in 2020 average farm income
In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, incomes across the various farm systems in Ireland either held, or improved in 2020, the Teagasc annual review of farm incomes has concluded. The results are published in the Teagasc National Farm Survey 2020 and are representative of over 93,000 farms in Ireland.
9th Infogest Webinar on Food Digestion
Watch the 9th INFOGEST webinar on Food Digestion which took place on Wednesday, 7th July. The theme of this webinar was “Lipid digestion in early life”.
Microbiome Friendly Brunch
Fancy a Microbiome Friendly Brunch with Darina Allen, Ballymaloe Cookery School, & John Leech, scientist at APC Microbiome Ireland, on World Microbiome Day on June 27th? The cookery demonstration will launch at 11am on World Microbiome Day and be available on demand afterwards. Register here
Production of Farmhouse Cheese
Farmhouse cheese making was a Gaelic tradition that disappeared from Ireland over the years. It was revived in the 1900s, and more specifically during the late 1970s, when a few enterprising dairy farmers commenced making farmhouse cheese. Is farmhouse cheese production an option for you?
Who wants an insect energy bar or bug burger for lunch?
Just as no-one anticipated demand for soy-based sausages and seaweed burgers, there's another future food revolution swarming to our shops. This article by Laura Healy, a PhD student at Teagasc first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm.
Lockdown changed Irish shopping and cooking behaviour
Are you a 'Covid coper' or a 'restless restrictor' ? Early 2020 lockdown boosted confidence in cooking and preparing healthier meals, and could offer teachable moments to promote healthier eating long term, says new research involving Teagasc' s Professor Maeve Henchion and Dr Sinead McCarthy
8th INFOGEST Webinar on Food Digestion
The 8th INFOGEST webinar on food digestion, co-hosted by Dr Andre Brodkorb of the Teagasc Food Research Centre and others, took place on Wednesday, 7th April at 2PM. The theme of this webinar was “in vitro Digestion Models” from Working Group 1 of the INFOGEST network.
The future is kelp!
Did you know the word ‘kelp’ originally described the burnt ash of brown seaweed? Maria Hayes Research Officer, Teagasc Food Research Centre, together with Cawthron Institute Researchers, New Zealand, are looking at bio-product isolation from native Irish and New Zealand macro-algal species here.
7th International Infogest Webinar on Food Digestion: Starch
The 7th Special INFOGEST webinar on Food Digestion, hosted by Dr Andre Brodkorb of the Teagasc Food Research Centre took place on Monday 15th March at 2PM. The theme of the webinar was “Starch: An iconoclast view on amylopectin"
Chocolate has a long and rich heritage and is enjoyed all year round not just at Easter. As one of the treats associated with this time of the year it is a good time to find out more about manufacturing chocolate and what support Teagasc can offer if you are considering it as an enterprise.
Beetroot Juice producer a finalist Newbie New Entrant Competition
Anne Marie Feighery from Feighery’s Farm in Kilcormac, Co. Offaly was a finalist in the 2020 NEWBIE New Entrant competition. While sourcing beetroot juice for her father Anne Marie noticed a gap in the market for an Irish produced beetroot juice and set about developing her own Beetroot Juice.
Teagasc Carrot Fly Webinar
A Vegetable Webinar focusing on Carrot Fly, hosted by the Teagasc Horticulture Development Department, took place on Tuesday, 26th January 2021. Webinar hosts Andy Whelton & Eoin Sweetman, were joined by Prof. Rosemary Collier of Warwick University and UK carrot and parsnip consultant Colin Noble
6th Infogest Webinar on Food Digestion: In silico models of food digestion
The 6th Infogest Food Digestion Webinar, hosted by Dr Andre Brodkorb of the Teagasc Food Research Centre, took place on Wednesday, 3 February 2021. The theme of the webinar was “In silico models of digestion”
6th INFOGEST Webinar on Food Digestion
The INFOGEST webinar on Food Digestion is hosted by Dr Andre Brodkorb of the Teagasc Food Research Centre on the first Wednesday each month at 2PM. The theme of the 6th webinar on 3 February is “In silico models of digestion” from Working Group 6 of the INFOGEST network. Muireann Egan has details
5th International Infogest Webinar on Food Digestion: Digestive amylases and starch digestion
The 5th Infogest Food Digestion Webinar took place on Wednesday, 6 January 2021, organised by Dr André Brodkorb and Dr Muireann Egan, Teagasc. Dr Daniela Freitas, INRAE AgroParisTech, France and Teagasc spoke on the topic of Starch in Food: factors affecting digestion of starch in vivo and in vitro
2027 Sectoral Road Map: Food
A new Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Food was published on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. It includes: Market and policy issues; Shape & size of sector at present and in 2027; Environmental & land use implications; Research & technology transfer actions; Some initiatives underway; Outcome of actions
International INFOGEST Webinar Series on Food Digestion
The INFOGEST monthly Webinar Series on Food Digestion is hosted by Dr Andre Brodkorb of the Teagasc Food Research Centre on the first Wednesday of every month at 2PM. Theme of the 5th webinar on January 6th is “Digestive Amylases & Starch Digestion”, featuring Dr Daniela Freitas, Teagasc Moorepark.
Seaweeds for foods and feeds
Seaweeds grow in all of the Earth’s coastal climatic zones and have numerous colours, shapes and uses. Although consumed widely in Japan as an important dietary source of fibre and vitamins; in the Western hemisphere, they are overlooked as a nutrition source. Maria Hayes, Food Researcher explains
Insects as Food
Considering increasing global population and increasing demand for proteins, the current food production system cannot be sufficient to meet this demand. And so, emerging protein sources need to be considered and evaluated. Carlos Álvarez García Food Researcher tells of the promise of edible insects
Food Webinar Series - Maximising value from microbiological testing and Shelf-Life studies
This Food Industry Training Webinar was hosted by Carol Griffin, Teagasc. In it Des Walsh, Teagasc spoke on Choosing the most appropriate microbiolgical tests; Good sample handing; Making use of testing data and Specialised research to support shelf-life data. A Question and Answer Session followed
Fresh Blueberry Production
Blueberries are one of the more unusual soft fruit crops grown in Ireland. Blueberries are perennial flowering plants, which produce berries each year. All growers must operate under the food hygiene programme of the DAFM. There are excellent opportunities for new entrants to supply the local market
Teagasc Research Insights Webinar - (Bio)Activity: Food Ingredients and Our Health and Fitness
The sixth webinar in the Teagasc Research Insights Series focused on (Bio)Activity: Food Ingredients and Our Health & Fitness. Teagasc Researchers gave an insight into the latest research on the bioactive components in food, novel sources of food bioactives & the effect of food on our fitness.
A Day in the Life - Sustainable Diets
Dr. Sinéad MCCarthy Nutritionist Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown discusses the impact of the foods we produce and eat on our health and planet and suggests ways we can be more sustainable with our food choices
A day in the life - Food in the Future: 3D printing
For Science Week, Teagasc Walsh Scholar Ricardo Uribe Alvarez introduces his project on 3D Dairy. In Teagasc Moorepark, we’re looking at using dairy ingredients to make 3D printed dairy snacks.
A day in the life - Food Structure: What’s beneath the surface?
For Science Week, Deirdre Kennedy from the National Food Imaging Centre, Teagasc Moorepark, introduces Food Structure: What’s beneath the surface? At the National Food Imaging Centre, we study food structure using state-of-the-art microscopes, high speed cameras even virtual reality.
Festival of Farming and Food – SFI Science Week at Teagasc 2020
Join Teagasc for a series of exciting virtual events for Science Week (November 8-15) as part of ‘The Festival of Farming and Food – SFI Science Week at Teagasc’. The theme for Science Week 2020 is ‘Choosing our Future’; focusing on how science can improve our lives in the future and in the present.
Moorepark Technology Ltd.- Scaling and Innovation Supports for the Food and Drink Industry - Webinar
Carol Griffin, Teagasc Ashtown, hosted this webinar titled “Moorepark Technology Ltd.- Scaling and Innovation Supports for the Food and Drink Industry”. The webinar featured a presentation from MTL General Manager Kieran Downey, followed by a questions and answers session
Prepared Consumer Food Centre
The Prepared Consumer Food Centre (PCFC) is a state of the art food research and development centre located at Teagasc Ashtown. The Centre can help food businesses to develop new products and overcome obstacles on their product development journey.
Research Insights Webinar - Macro to Micro: Food Structure, Digestion and the Microbiome
Our Research Insights Webinars continue on Wednesday, October 21st at 9.30am. Join Teagasc researchers on the first of two webinars where they will be discussing the digestion process and the latest research on the impact your choice of food can have on your health and lifestyle.
How sustainable is the food we eat in Ireland?
Are you Culturally Sustainable, Nutritionally Sustainable or Unsustainable when it comes to your diet? Dr Sinéad McCarthy, Teagasc gives more information on how our food choices have the potential not only to substantially influence our health, but impact on the environment we live in.
WEBINAR: The National Food Imaging Centre, Teagasc, Expertise & Tools for Studying Food Structure
Carol Griffin, Teagasc hosted the recent Food Industry Development webinar which focused on the “The National Food Imaging Centre, Teagasc, Expertise & Tools for Studying Food Structure”.The webinar featured presentations from Dr. Deirdre Kennedy and Dr. Laura Mascaraque, followed by a Q&A session.
Teagasc Food Gateways event – online/virtual event
Food Formulation for the Future – for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system. The Virtual event takes place online this Wednesday 30th September from 10am - 12.30pm.
Starting a Food Business
When thinking of starting a new food business, there are many things to consider, including your market, products, premises, equipment, branding and promotion, as well as the legalities. The Teagasc Food Industry Development Department have some guidance and advice on starting a food business.
Bee Keeping and Honey Production
Ireland has a long history of producing quality honey and was a major exporter of comb honey up to the mid 20th century. Dónall Flanagan, Nursery Stock/Ornamentals Specialised Advisor has more information.
Production of Ice Cream
Since the turn of the century and the development of the ice cream cone, the worldwide growth in consumption has been phenomenal, with over 12 billion litres of ice cream consumed each year in the USA and China alone. The Teagasc Food Industry Development Department have more information.
The worldwide demand for chocolate confectionery is continuing to increase, with the EU being the world’s largest producer and consumer.
Food Industry Development Webinar - Cleaning & Hygiene for Food SMEs
Webinar host Ciara McDonagh, Teagasc facilitated this webinar with a presentation from Eddie O’Neill, Teagasc who discussed the principles of cleaning and sanitation in the food production environment in order to comply with legal & technical standards and ensure food hazards are controlled.
INFOGEST Webinar on Food Digestion
Teagasc researchers have been involved in a large-scale EU-funded network to improve and standardise the scientific protocol for simulating food digestion. Join them and their international counterparts on September 2nd for the 1st International INFOGEST Webinar.
Production of Yoghurt
The production of yoghurt is a relatively simple procedure. Milk, which can be fortified with milk powder to give a thicker product, is pasteurised, cooled and inoculated with starter bacteria, which ferment the milk, causing it to clot or gel. This factsheet gives advice on yoghurt production.
Selling at a Farmers' Market
Farmers’ markets offer local growers and producers a direct route to sell their own produce to consumers. Farmers' Markets allow for direct selling, helping to forge links between local producers and consumers. Wendy Conlon, Teagasc gives advice on selling at farmers's markets and trading tips
Food Industry Training Webinar- What can Sensory Science do for you?
Webinar host, Ciara McDonagh, Teagasc facilitated this Food Industry Training Webinar, which took place 14th July 2020. Ciara was joined by Carol Griffin, Teagasc who gave an introduction to Sensory Science and how food businesses can benefit from its application.
Processing Fresher, Healthier, Longer-Lasting Foods
Food processing is any method used to convert fresh foods into food products. In large-scale food manufacture. Dr Elena Inguglia describes how some of our foods are currently processed, and how these processes might be improved for food to be processed freshers, healthier and longer-lasting
Processing Fresher, Healthier, Longer-Lasting Foods
Food processing is any method used to convert fresh foods into food products. In large-scale food manufacture. Dr Elena Inguglia describes how some of our foods are currently processed, and how these processes might be improved for food to be processed freshers, healthier and longer-lasting