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Teagasc at BTYSTE: In the clover


Teagasc is at the virtual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) 2022. Teagasc Researchers Catriona Boyle and Deirdre Hennessy bring us this article on Clover research in Teagasc as part of the event this week. Find out about the Teagasc prize awarded and visit the Teagasc stand here

If you have ever walked through a field, you will have seen a humble plant with white or pink flower heads. This is called clover. Although it doesn’t look like much, this plant has special qualities that make it good for the environment.

Clover can fix nitrogen from the atmosphere. This means that fewer artificial fertilisers are needed for grass to grow.

Our researchers are testing how clover plants perform on Irish farms on a long-term basis and if cows can digest them properly.

With the help of bacteria living on it, clover captures nitrogen from the atmosphere and releases it into the soil once it dies. The nitrogen then helps plants in the field to grow.

Teagasc also has a clover breeding programme; our researchers are working on developing clover varieties that are perfect for the Irish climate.

Teagasc researchers are going one step further by using multispecies grasslands that include plants such as plantain and chicory. Find out more in the video below

Article by Catriona Boyle and Deirdre Hennessy.

Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority – is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities in Ireland.

Every year we have a stand at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE). BTYSTE 2022 takes place from January 12th to 14th. The Teagasc Virtual Stand can be visited at BTYSTE 2022 here.

We also have a Teagasc prize, awarded to the student project in the main exhibition area that best demonstrates a thorough understanding of the science of agricultural or food production, or the use of science to improve technologies available to agricultural or food production.

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