AGRI-I RESEARCH GROUPS
Teagasc Environment, Soils and Land-Use Department
AFBI Sustainable Agri-Food Sciences Division
Teagasc Animal & Bioscience Research Department
University of Limerick Department of Life Sciences
TCD Botany Department
UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science
Teagasc Spatial and Environmental Analysis Group
Maynooth University Department of Geography
Teagasc Moorepark Sustainable Production Systems and System Analysis Sub-programme
Institute for Plant Ecology Justus Liebig University Giessen
The National Carbon Observatory System (NASCO)– The National Carbon Observatory System will comprise of 10 Eddy Covariance Flux Towers on agricultural systems across a range of soil types. This will add depth and value to existing research projects including Teagasc SignPost farms and the Agricultural Catchments Programme. The National Carbon Observatory System will place also place Ireland at the forefront of EU carbon sequestration research through:
- Better quantification and modelling of soil carbon emissions and sinks from agricultural land.
- Enabling mitigation measures to increase carbon sequestration to be included in the national inventory,
- Allow for participation in the EU ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System) network
- Enabling Ireland to benefit from the 2018 EU Effort Sharing Regulation.
An Eddy Covariance Tower set up as part of the National Agricultural Soils Carbon Observatory.
Irish Soils Information System – This project has developed a national association soil map for Ireland at a scale of 1:250,000, together with an associated digital soil information system, providing both spatial and quantitative information on soil types and properties across the country. Both the map and the information system are made freely available to the public through this website.
SQUARE – The Soil Quality Assessment Research Project is mainly concerned with understanding threats to soil structure, such as compaction but it is also driven by an even greater focus on the positive benefits and opportunities for sustainable soil management. Together, with farmers, the aim is to develop field level tools to support sustainable soil management.
GLOBAL NETWORK – The Global Network for Enteric Methane Mitigation and Relevant Mitigation Literature is a four-year project funded through The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI). Its main objective is to accumulate and analyse ruminant GHG mitigation data. Teagasc is a member of this consortium.
RumenStability – This project, initiated by FACCE-JPI and funded through the Multi-Partner Call on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research, seeks to understand the development and control of stability in the rumen microbiome as a basis for new strategies to reduce methanogenesis. Both Teagasc and UCD are partners in this project along with researchers from across Europe and New Zealand.
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH FUNDERS AND INITIATIVES