Eleven: Broadleaf Tree Plantations Increasing in Ireland

Ian Short, forestry research officer, describes plans to increase planting of broadleaf trees in Ireland.

Twenty-nine percent of the forest estate in Ireland is broadleaf (195,000 ha). The main broadleaf species present are birch, ash, alder, oak, beech and sycamore, predominantly planted within the last three decades and as single-species blocks.

Ian talks about the management of the oak stand at Teagasc Head Office, Oak Park and the threats of diseases and pests to tree health. Ian also talks about the Ash restructuring project and the benefits of planting forestry for farmers.

GM potato trial results in blight-free crops

Blight, a fungal infection, destroyed Irish potatoes during the Great Famine 1845-1852, and it remains a problem here today [Credit: Frogblog.ie]

Genetically modified, or GM, potatoes planted last August by Teagasc researchers have remained blight free, while standard potatoes beside them are diseased.

The apparent success of the trial opens the door for Irish farmers to use GM potatoes that are resistant to blight, which remains a major problem in Ireland.

Farmers must spray potatoes with pesticides to try and prevent blight. The EU has introduced a Directive that seeks the reduction of use of such chemicals.

Click here to read article in The Sunday Times 7-10-2012

Top Research Supporting Irish Agri-Sector

Irish dairy cattle graze out in the open all year round, unlike many other countries [Credit: Irish National Diary Council]

Ireland has great natural advantages when it comes to dairy farming, and producing livestock and crops.

The agri-sector continues to thrive despite the downturn, but that, of course, does not mean we can rest our on laurels.

For Ireland’s agri-economy to continue to thrive and expand it is vital that it is supported here at home by a top quality agricultural research infrastructure.

This is the context for the good news that Teagasc has opened a new Animal Bioscience Facility in Grange Co Meath.

The Facility is part of  Teagasc’s plan to establish ‘centres of excellence’ in the key sciences that underpin Irish agriculture.

We talk here about what kind of research will be conducted at the new facility.

LISTEN: Interview with Richard Dewhurst, Head of Animal and Bioscience Research Department,Teagasc

This interview was first broadcast on Science Spinning on 103.2 Dublin City FM on 06.09.2012

LINKS:

Teagasc, Animal and Bioscience Research 

Potato Genome Mapped; Marie Curie’s Legacy

Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in 1903 (Source: Wikipedia)

LISTEN:  Potato Genome Mapped; Marie Curie’s Legacy

After many years of work, an international team, including scientists at Teagasc have mapped the potato genome. This will help combat blight, and help speed up traditional potato breeding practices.

Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in 1903, and went on to win a second one in 1911. We talk about her legacy with her scientist grand-daughter.

Guests: Dan Milbourne, Teagasc; Helene Langevin-Joliot , Professor of Nuclear Physics, University of Paris

Broadcast on 103.2 Dublin City FM on 14/07/2011

To contact the show email:  sciencespinning@dublincityfm.ie

Brain Plasticity, Remote Sensing & Printable Plastics [Dublin City FM]

This podcast was broadcast on the 19th August 2010 on 103.2 Dublin City FM