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Saoire Tracy

Dr Saoirse Tracy is Assistant Professor in Applied Plant Biology in the School of Agriculture and Food Science. She is a soil and plant scientist and her research centres around understanding plant root and soil interactions. Her research interests include using X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) to und | Read on ...

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Zoë Popper

Dr Zoë Popper is a principal investigator and lecturer in Botany at the National University of Ireland Galway. She did her PhD at the University of Edinburgh, followed by postdoctoral positions at the University of Edinburgh and the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center at the University of Athe | Read on ...

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James Cockram

Dr Cockram is a Group Leader working on trait genetics at NIAB. After completing a PhD and post-doctoral position at the John Innes Centre, he has worked at NIAB as a Programme Leader since 2013. His research focuses on the application of plant molecular genetics, genomics, to investigate the geneti | Read on ...

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Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy is engaged in a series of funded projects examining the commercial potential of naturally occurring microorganisms to improve the growth and yield of field grown cereal crops. This work aims to further validate the use of microorganisms that can reduce economically and environmentally e | Read on ...

Shane O'Connell

Dr Shane O’Connell is the R&D Manager with Marigot Ltd, a seaweed biotechnology company. He previously held the position of Strand Leader with Shannon ABC where he was responsible for the day to day running of the facilities, providing scientific leadership and developing industrially rele | Read on ...

Ana Garcia Martinez

Dr Ana Garcia Martinez is a researcher at the University of Seville. She has experience of different biostimulant products for example organic acids, and enzymatic extracts, in addition to those derived from valorised waste such as sewage. She has published widely in the area of biostimulants and th | Read on ...

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Carl Ng

Assoc. Professor Carl Ng is Head of Plant Biology at UCD and Head of the UCD Laboratory of Plant Cell and Molecular Biology. He is a member of the UCD Centre for Plant Science and UCD Earth Institute. He is currently an Associate Editor for New Phytologist, having previously served as a member of th | Read on ...

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Julio Isidro Sanchez

Dr. Sanchez utilizes cutting edge technologies encompassing molecular genomics, phenomics, physiology, pathology, statistics and breeding to research strategies that contribute to the development of superior crop varieties. His focus involves genomic prediction and selection, association mapping and | Read on ...

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Grace Cott

Nitrogen plays a key role in regulating the global carbon cycle. Dr Cott is interested in understanding the interaction between rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and nitrogen availability in predicting these ecosystems’ potential for carbon storage. She completed her postdoctoral studies at th | Read on ...

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Angela Feechan

Dr Angela Feechan moved to Ireland in 2013 where she is a plant pathologist and lecturer in crop science at University College Dublin. This move was facilitated by receiving an EU Marie Curie Career Integration Grant. Angela gained her BSc and PhD from the University of Edinburgh, UK and completed p | Read on ...

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Trevor Hodkinson

Prof. Trevor Hodkinson runs an active research group and teaches Plant Science. He has a PhD in Botany and an MSc in Conservation and Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources, from the University of Birmingham UK. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (1995-1997) as | Read on ...

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Fiona Thorne

Dr Fiona Thorne is a Teagasc economist. Her current research includes the competitiveness of Irish Agriculture, farm level economics and policy analysis of crop production in Ireland, a review of the financial status of farms and future investment requirements, productivity analysis of Iri | Read on ...

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Louise McNamara

My research interests are integrated pest management of insect pests with a focus primarily on arable crops. My research also extends to forestry and horticulture pests. This encompasses best use of insecticides, insecticide resistance, biological pest control, cultural control and biodive | Read on ...

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Steven Kildea

Dr Kildea’s  research programme focuses on the development of sustainable disease control strategies for Irish arable and potato crops.  To achieve these goals, he incorporates detailed fungal population studies with applied field trialling. Currently Zymoseptoria tritici o | Read on ...

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Paul McCabe

Prof. Paul McCabe is currently Head of Plant Science in UCD. His research interests include: Elucidating the core mechanism which regulates programmed cell death in crop plants and suspension cultures, and characterisation of cell-cell signals which drive developmental processes in suspension cultur | Read on ...

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Michael Wallace

Michael Wallace is Professor of Agriculture and Food Economics in the School of Agriculture and Food Science. His research has primarily been in the field of farm economics; applying analytical techniques to study the economics of resource management decisions within farm businesses. Much of this wo | Read on ...

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Fionnuala Murphy

Dr Fionnuala Murphy is an Assistant Professor in the UCD School of Biosystems & Food Engineering, and is UCD Programme Director of the MSc Bioeconomy with Business, and Programme Coordinator of the MSc in Sustainable Energy and Green Technologies and ME in Biosystems & Food Engineering. Her research | Read on ...

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Fiona Doohan

Prof. Fiona Doohan studied Microbiology at University College Dublin and Plant Pathology at John Innes Centre (PhD, 1998). After a postdoc at John Innes, she moved to UCD where she was appointed Lecturer in Molecular Plant Pathology. In 2014 she was appointed as Associate Professor. Fiona has led va | Read on ...

Biostimulants and Biopesticides for Crop Production (BioCrop) is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine ( DAFM ) Research Stimulus Fund (Project: 2019PROG705)

For more details, please contact
Dr Angela Feechan
UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science
University College Dublin
Dublin 4

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