FDBusiness.com

Impact of Teagasc Research Highlighted

 Breaking News
  • Patent War Looms as Cannabis Legalisation Spreads The recent legalisation of recreational marijuana use in Canada indicates a broader trend of a move towards legalisation, opening up a brand new multi-billion dollar market. Currently, 22 states in the USA have legalised marijuana for medicinal use, with nine states and the District of Columbia having legalised marijuana for both recreational and medicinal use. [...]...
  • New Food Lounge Opened at Moy Park Grantham Moy Park has unveiled its new Food Lounge at its Grantham processing facility following a £450,000 investment. The creative space includes a state-of-the-art kitchen, BBQ area, culinary library and a breakout area for customers. The Lounge will be used by the company for food innovation and development. The opening comes as Moy Park launches its latest [...]...
  • Better Juice Reduces All Types of Sugar in Juice Better Juice has developed innovative technology to reduce the load of simple sugars in orange juice. The patent-pending enzymatic technology uses all-natural ingredients to convert monosaccharides and disaccharides (fructose, glucose, and sucrose) into prebiotic and other non-digestible fibers and sugars, while keeping the juicy flavour of the beverage. Popular juices, such as orange juice and apple [...]...
  • Hilton to Purchase 50% of Leading Vegetarian Manufacturer Hilton Food Group, the leading specialist international food packing business supplying major food retailers in Europe and Australia, has agreed to purchase a 50% shareholding in Dalco Food, a leading vegetarian product manufacturer based in Oss, the Netherlands. Hilton has agreed to enter into a joint venture agreement with Dalco’s shareholders, which includes an option [...]...
  • Great British Cheese Awards Winners Announced The winners of the Great British Cheese Awards have been announced. The Great British Cheese awards were established three years ago to celebrate the best of British cheese produced and distributed by independent cheese makers and retailers and this year, both established artisan brands and new cheesemakers have taken top awards. The category winners are: Artisan Producer – Tenacres, [...]...

Impact of Teagasc Research Highlighted

Impact of Teagasc Research Highlighted
July 30
09:00 2014

Teagasc, the Irish agriculture and food development authority, has launched ‘Teagasc Research Impact Highlights 2013’. The document features some of the research areas that have had a profound impact on the development of the agri-food industry in Ireland and further afield in the past year. Among the highlights featured in the document are a new cheese technology platform that allows the manufacture of cheeses from reassembled milks formulated from dairy ingredients. The Irish Dairy Board (IDB) has licenced the platform for the development of white cheeses. Based on this technology, IDB has recently invested €20 million in Saudi Arabia, mainly relating to development of fresh white cheese and other cheese products for the local market.

Teagasc has also developed expertise in gluten-free food products and throughout 2013 has collaborated closely with a number of bakeries to contribute to the development and launch of new ranges of high-quality products on the Irish, European and international marketplace. In particular, novel gluten-free breads, with good texture and flavour, and confectionery-type products, have been developed.

A reform of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was completed in 2013 and sets out EU policy and supports to the sector for the next seven years. Teagasc conducted research on the impact of the CAP reform agreement and its implementation on Irish agriculture and provided this to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine throughout the reform negotiations process. This analysis contributed to the successful completion of the CAP reform under the Irish EU presidency.

Sexed semen allows farmers to control the sex of calves born to their cows. In 2013, Teagasc used 15,000 straws in a field research trial, possibly the largest such trial ever conducted in the world. Greater usage of sexed semen has benefits for both the dairy industry (allowing faster expansion post quota), and the beef industry (fewer low value male dairy calves). This has the potential to be one of the most important technologies introduced on Irish farms in recent years.

Teagasc, in collaboration with the ICBF and Weatherbys, developed a new genotyping platform (SNP chip) in 2013 called the International Dairy and Beef (IDB) SNP chip for use in dairy and beef cattle breeding. The SNP chip allows more accurate national genetic evaluations through the exploitation of DNA information, but at a low cost.

Two new potato varieties, Bikini and Casino, were launched from the Teagasc potato breeding programme in 2013. Bikini is a main crop variety similar to Rooster while Casino is an excellent general potato, also suited for French fries.

Teagasc made a science-based submission to the review of Ireland’s Nitrates Action Programme (NAP) in 2013 which resulted in several changes to the NAP that were judged to be agronomically necessary and environmentally benign (significant increases in phosphorus allowances, a change in the definition of soiled water, controlled application of herbicides during the closed period for certain crops, and increased nitrogen allowance for winter barley).

“This document is a collection of some of the highlights of where Teagasc research has impacted positively on the agri-food industry in 2013,” says Dr Frank O’Mara, Director of Research in Teagasc. “While our researchers published over 400 A1 scientific papers in 2013, as an organisation that conducts mainly applied research, we work hard to ensure our research programmes will have impact and are relevant to the Irish agricultural and food sectors. These 20 highlights of some recent impacts of our research show that the investment in research in Teagasc does pay dividends.”

The impacts featured come from research funded through Teagasc Grant-in-Aid, Department of Agriculture FIRM and Stimulus programmes, Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia, the EU, the Dairy Levy, and a number of agri-food companies. The research was conducted in collaboration with many Irish and international partners.

About Author

mike

mike

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • October 21, 2018Int'l Food Products Exhibition (Sial)
  • October 25, 2018Italian Espresso Coffee Show (TriestEspresso Expo)
  • October 25, 2018Finnish Food Fair
  • October 31, 2018Int'l exhibition for food products and equipment (Indagra Food)
AEC v1.0.4

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber





Subscribe Here



Advertisements