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Teagasc Nursery Stock Seminar

Teagasc Nursery Stock Seminar

The Teagasc Nursery Stock Seminar takes place on Thursday next, 4 November at 9:30am in Teagasc Ashtown Research Centre, Dublin and online via Zoom. The event will consist of two sessions. Part one covers the area of growing media, while part two consists of technical updates.

The event will begin with a growing media focused session chaired by Dermot Callaghan, Head of Teagasc Horticulture Development Department with contributions from Dr. Bart Vandecasteele, Kevin Mahon and Dr Michael Gaffney.

A second session will follow looking at technical updates from Andy Burke, Conor McGee both from the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine (DAFM) and Dr Andreas Wrede. 

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Session 1 Growing media – Chair, Dermot Callaghan

  • Sustainable growing media research and trends from Europe
    Dr. Bart Vandercasteele, ILVO Belgium  (via Zoom)
  • Professional growing media and what lies ahead for the nursery industry 
    Kevin Mahon, Klassman Dielmann.
  • The research challenge of replacing peat in growth media 
    Dr. Michael Gaffney, Teagasc.
  • Q & A session

Session 2 Technical updates – Chair, Dónall Flanagan

  • Horizon scanning by Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine (DAFM)
    New Pest risk Analysis team - Andy Bourke and Conor McGee
  • Technical updates for the nursery stock and woody plant industries
    Dr. Andreas Wrede, Head of Horticulture testing, Chamber of Agriculture Schleswig Holstein - Leading German research agency. He will discuss growing media, crop nutrition, pest, disease and weed control as well as climate change issues being addressed by the research centre. (Prerecorded) 
  • Discussion and close                 

The event will attract IASIS points for continuous professional development. Anyone wishing to receive points should register through the online link on the day or in person.

Find out more about Nursery Stock here