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Agricultural Scientist / Agronomist

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Agricultural Research Scientist
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€25 - 60
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Conducts research and studies the various ways crops and plants can be cultivated, genetically altered, towards improved production and yield.


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Agricultural scientists conduct research towards developing new or improved methods of planting, harvesting and cultivating crops, and 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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In Ireland, to become an Agricultural Research Scientist it is necessary to study for a degree in Agricultural Science or a related discipline. a Bachelor's (BA) degree. It is advisable to attend a university with a land grant and obtain a degree such as food science, biology, chemistry, botany, or plant conservation. Research and lab work is important for this job role.

Under-graduate and post-graduate courses are available in a number of educational institutions. Candidates are advised to check individual course details as to entry requirements and course contents.   

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Organisation: Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
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Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
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Organisation: College of Amenity Horticulture
Address: National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
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Organisation: Bord Bia
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Organisation: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Address: Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
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Organisation: Pallaskenry Agricultural College
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Organisation: Agricultural Science Association
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