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The Research Field Podcast

The Research Field is Teagasc's monthly research podcast for everyone interested in agriculture, crops, the environment, food, forestry and rural development research in Ireland.

Presented by Sean Duke, science journalist, with regular contributions from Catriona Boyle, science and communication outreach officer with Teagasc, the podcasts will get out and about and talk to researchers in their various fields.

The Research Field is available on Google Podcasts, Apple PodcastsSoundcloudStitcherSpotifyTuneIn or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Episode 6

Drones and observational satellites are helping farmers to make better farm decisions, such as when to cut silage, or when soil conditions are right for planting crops.

Stuart Green, a remote sensing scientist based at Teagasc Ashtown, is harnessing earth observational data to help farmers plan more efficiently, which in the current crisis, is more important than ever.

Episode 5

The first of two special episodes from the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin in January 2020.

Kaye Burgess - a molecular microbiologist based at Teagasc Food Research Centre in Ashtown - describes her work helping to develop a range of farm practices that can combine to minimise antimicrobial resistance.

Luis Lopez-Sangil - a soil scientist based at Teagasc Johnstown Castle - talks about how soil can provide us with a win-win of reducing carbon emissions and improving soil quality and crop yields.

André Brodkorb - a food chemist based at the Teagasc Food Research Centre in Moorepark - talks about his work developing laboratory models that simulate human digestion to add value to foods and reduce environmental impacts.

Episode 4

The cost and environmental gains farmers can achieve from growing clover are described by Deirdre Hennessy.

Research into the welfare of pigs across the Irish pig industry is detailed by Laura Boyle.

Sinead McCarthy outlines the complexities and subtle nuances of achieving a sustainable and healthy diet outlining the impact of removing food groups from our habitual diet and explains that food substitutions to improve environmental credentials may not always result in a healthy diet.

In events, find out about Teagasc at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition and the upcoming National Tillage conference. In news, find out about the Teagasc researchers who feature in the 2019 Web of Science Highly Cited list. Also, the Teagasc researcher who received the Early Career Researcher of the Year Award at the 2019 Science Foundation Ireland Science Awards.

Episode 3

Karen Daly describes how Irish soil science was born in medieval Johnstown Castle with funds from the US Marshall Aid Plan.

Daire O hUallacháin illuminates the extent of the decline in Irish biodiversity from abandoned Aran Islands farms to the mainland dairy farms.

Irish river systems are under pressure from excess nutrients and climate impacts. Per Erik Mellander describes some of the findings from monitoring of diverse Irish river systems over 10 years.

Find out about the upcoming plans for Teagasc’s ‘Festival of Farming and Food’ this Science Week. Diarmuid Sheehan, Kieran Jordan, Kieran Meade and Rob O’Hara feature in news.

Episode 2

Anne Kinsella, based at Teagasc's Rural Economy and Development Centre discusses the issue of inter-generational farm transfers.

Donagh Berry, Director of the VistaMilk SFI Research Centre, talks about producing milk by design - using science - for a range of consumers.

Orla O'Sullivan, based at the Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, discusses the new foods being developed that promote gut health and combat disease and illness.

Episode 1

Geraldine Duffy speaks to Sean Duke about how the ‘One Health’ concept, which links animal and human health researchers, is improving food safety. Geraldine talks about the major research trends in food safety, some of which appeared at an international One Health conference held in Teagasc Ashtown Conference Centre.

Luiza Wasiewska is a Walsh Fellow PhD candidate from Poland working between Teagasc and the Tyndall National Institute. Luiza spoke to Sean Duke about her research into a new, reliable, faster, easier-to-use biosensor to detect pathogenic E. coli, as well as her passion for science communication.

The 11 compartment research glasshouse at Ashtown was built a few years ago to assist industry to do research that can answer their most pressing problems. Michael Gaffney brought Sean Duke on a tour of the computer-controlled facility.

Acknowledgments: Signature tune 'Inspirational Outlook' by https://scottholmesmusic.com/