ASA Soil Science Day
SOIL – THE FOUNDATION OF FOOD PRODUCTION
Date: 7th March 2018
Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm approx
Location: City North Hotel (AM) & Dowth (PM)
Registration: FREE to members. Limited to 50 places.
€30 for non-members – Waitlist in operation. Places will be prioritised to members.
Sustainable food production has recently re-emerged as a key pillar of global development. Central to this is the concept of functional land management, which ties together apparently conflicting demands on land use such as increased food production and the protection of biodiversity. Lillian O’ Sullivan, Teagasc will outline the most up to date research highlighting the development of a framework for managing soil-based ecosystem services for the sustainable intensification of agriculture.
Seamus Barron, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine will look back at the impacts of the Nitrates directive on water quality since its inception. Additionally Seamus will outline the future development of the directive and its potential implications for the future of food production in Ireland.
Dr. Saoirse Tracy, School of Agriculture and Food Science in University College Dublin will outline the relationship between plant roots and the physical environment within the soil highlighting the use of the most up to date technologies to answer important questions about the rhizoshphere and plant function.
Following lunch the group will depart by bus to Dowth where we will meet Owen Brennan, Executive Chairman, Devenish, followed by a tour of the lands of Dowth and a presentation on the Devenish Soil to Society Programme.
12.30pm Lunch Served
1.30pm Transfer by BUS to DEVENISH Group Innovation Centre and Research Farm in Dowth, Co. Meath.
2.00pm Meet & Greet with Executive Chairman, Devenish, Mr. Owen Brennan, followed by a tour of the lands of Dowth and a presentation on the Devenish Soil to Society Programme.
4.00pm Depart Dowth and return to City North. END
This event is kindly sponsored by Devenish.