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Teagasc Appoint New Cereals Researcher

Teagasc has announced the appointment of Dr Atikur Rahman as a new permanent cereals researcher in the Teagasc Crops Science Department.

Atikur Rahman is a Cereal Scientist with a broad interest in cereal crop agronomy and stress physiology. His role is to lead the oats programme of research in Teagasc, where he will be working as part of the research team led by Dr Ewen Mullins, Head of the Crops Science Department in Teagasc.

Before taking up his new research position, Dr Rahman worked on the EU funded INVITE project, investigating strategies to limit economically important diseases of winter wheat and more recently on the SusCrop ERA-NET funded ProFaba project in Teagasc. As a cereal scientist in Bangladesh, Dr Rahman worked on agronomy, stress physiology, breeding and pathology of both rice and wheat.

Dr Rahman graduated with a BSc from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University in Bangladesh, before then securing an MSc in Biotechnology from South Asian University, New Delhi, India.  In 2020, he was awarded a PhD from University College Dublin, working on a joint UCD-Teagasc collaboration in the H2020 funded CerealPATH Integrated Training Network project.

Dr Ewen Mullins, welcomed Dr Rahman saying, "Atikur will build on, and develop, the work that has been done in Teagasc to date on developing practical measures to support the agronomy of oats, while working with partners in the Food Programme to add value to what is an important crop in current rotations. We have already formulated preliminary crop husbandry guidelines for growing oats in Ireland. We look forward to working with Atik to prioritize the development of an Oats Growers Guide in addition to completing trans-disciplinary research that promotes the economic potential of the crop for both farmers and processors."

Speaking following his appointment, Dr Rahman said, "I am delighted to join the Crop Science Department and passionate to work with the team of researchers, advisors and educators. I'm excited about the future development of the oats industry and look forward to developing research-based solutions that assist growers so that the sector can expand in a manner that is both economically and environmentally sustainable."