Innovation awards from Teagasc

The 42nd Annual Food Research Conference was hosted by Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown recently.

More than 80 attendees from Teagasc and the universities witnessed some excellent oral presentations and scientific posters from the postgraduate students. The Teagasc Prize for the Best Oral Presentation went to Ruth Keary of Cork Institute of Technology, with Orla Power, University of Limerick and Outi Mäkinen University College Cork as runners-up. The prizes for the best poster, sponsored by SafeFood went to Lesa Clarke (Teagasc, Ashtown) and Charlene Connolly (DIT and Monaghan Mushrooms).

For over 40 years the Annual Food Research Conference took place in UCC, mainly for postgraduate students. This year Eimear Gallagher, André Brodkorb (both Teagasc Food Research Centre) and Seamus O’Mahony (UCC) brought the event to Teagasc with the intention to establish the conference as the main Irish Food Research Event for postgraduate students in food related subjects.

Pictured: André Brodkorb (right) presenting this year’s Teagasc Prize for the Best Oral Presentation to Ruth Keary (left) from Cork Institute of Technology for her work entitled ‘Use of a bacteriophage-derived enzyme for staphylococcal biofilm control’