8. Tackling Agricultural Biodiversity Decline

In this episode, we talk about biodiversity, which is especially topical given the recent UN Climate Change Conference, 2021 held in Glasgow. 

We caught up with two researchers from the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science to tell us about the research they have done leading to really impactful changes in Irish farming and Irish landscapes.

Helen Sheridan discusses her research into finding animal feed substitutes for perennial rye grass, which can lead to less intensive farming practices, which is good news for biodiversity in Ireland. 

Barry John McMahon, meanwhile, describes how investigating the interaction between agricultural systems and bird populations and help to address the serious problem of loss of bird species, and other species, here in Ireland and around the world.