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IT Carlow to Host Irish Plant Scientists Association Meeting

24/06/2019

IT Carlow to Host Irish Plant Scientists Association Meeting‘Harnessing plants for a better society, economy, and environment’ is the theme of this year’s Irish Plant Scientists’ Association Meeting (IPSAM), which takes place at Institute of Technology Carlow this week (25th-27th June). The meeting is jointly organised by enviroCORE at Institute of Technology Carlow and the Teagasc Crop Science Department in Oak Park. 

Speaking in advance of the meeting, Co-chair of the IPSAM organising committee, Dr. Susanne Barth from Teagasc, said; “Ireland has a vibrant and wide-ranging community of researchers in the plant sciences including crop science, phytopathology, plant genetics and genomics, ecology, horticulture, forestry and soil science. This ranges from fundamental through to applied research. Over the three say meeting we will explore how plants can be harnessed for a better society, economy, and environment.”

Dr David Ryan, from Institute of Technology Carlow and Co-chair of the IPSAM organising committee said; “IPSAM provides a forum to share research in plant and crop science amongst the research community across the island of Ireland as well as fostering current and future collaborations with industry stakeholders. We also provide a forum for research postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers to present their findings to promote their future research careers.”

Among the topics to be discussed by attending plant scientists are: biodiversity and invasive species; climate change and abiotic stress; plants for human health; plant growth and development; crop improvement and agronomy. 

Keynote speakers for IPSAM 2019 include:

  • Dr Úna FitzPatrick - National Biodiversity Data Centre, Ireland - ‘Ireland’s plant biodiversity’
  • David Walsh-Kemmis -  Ballykilcavan Brewing Company,  Stradbally, Co. Laois  - 'Opportunities and challenges in growing barley for an on-farm brewery'
  • Dr Bill Thomas - The James Hutton Institute, Scotland - ‘Exploiting gene pool diversity to produce more barrels of beer and whisky per hectare’.
  • Professor Fiona Doohan - UCD, Ireland - ‘Ensuring the integrity and security of Irish cereal supplies.’

The IPSAM meeting coincides with the biennial Teagasc Crops Open Day in Oak Park on 26th June and participants will spend the afternoon at Oak Park and explore the research on display.

Pictured is Dr. David Ryan of Institute of Technology Carlow who is Co-chair of the IPSAM organising committee.