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Agricultural Scientist

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Agricultural Research Scientist
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€25 - 60
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Involved in all activities collectively referred to as Agriculture and related business and services.


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Agricultural research scientists conduct fundamental research. They do this to develop new or improved methods of planting, harvesting and cultivating crops. And also to develop better ways of housing, feeding and caring for livestock.   
  
Research teams may include scientists from a wide range of subjects, including agriculture, biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, with technical support from specialists in biometrics, computing and statistics.   
  
Programmes of research fall into four broad categories: soils; plants; animals; and farm produce. Soil science involves studying the physical, chemical and biological aspects of soils that affect the nutrition, growth and production of crops. Chemists, biochemists and microbiologists analyse the properties of soil and the relationship between the soil and plants, to improve levels of fertility.   
  
Plant research relates to ecology and patterns of growth and is aimed at improving the technology of plant breeding and producing improved varieties of agricultural crop plants for eventual use by farmers. Botanists, plant physiologists and biophysicists may be involved in this.   
  
Scientists also investigate ways of controlling pests that attack plants, at minimum risk to the consumer or the environment. This includes specialisms such as entomology (insects), mycology (fungi) and virology (viruses).   
  
Research programmes on animals involve the genetics of breeding livestock, ways of controlling diseases and methods of limiting damage by predators. Animal physiologists, geneticists, bacteriologists and pathologists may specialise in this type of work.   
  
Farm produce research aims to improve the way that cereals, fruit, vegetables, meat, milk and eggs are handled and preserved.


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A good knowledge and training in subject areas such as ecology, biology, chemistry, environmental science, soil science and botany or related disciplines. Agricultural research scientists need perseverance and patience when conducting experiments and waiting for the results. Management skills are also required when leading and supervising projects. Good organisational skills are helpful as you will be dealing with lots of figures and complex information. Communications skills are very important in order to explain scientific matters to people from non-scientific backgrounds.


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Organisation: Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
Address: Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow
Tel: (059) 917 0200
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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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Organisation: College of Amenity Horticulture
Address: National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Tel: (01) 804 0201
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Organisation: Bord Bia
Address: Clanwilliam Court Lower Mount Street. Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 668 5155
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Organisation: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Address: Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 607 2000 Lo Call 1890 200 510
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Organisation: Pallaskenry Agricultural College
Address: Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick
Tel: (061) 39 3100
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Organisation: Agricultural Science Association
Address: Irish Farm Centre, Bluebell, Dublin 12
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