Prof Jimmy Burke appointed to new Masstock Chair in Crop Science

RENOWNED crop scientist and academic Professor Jimmy Burke has been named as the first ever holder of the new Masstock Chair in Crop Science at University College Dublin (UCD).

Having worked in universities in both Ireland and the US, the leading Teagasc expert has developed strong links with industry in addition to having a close working relationship with national and international research centres and universities.

A strategic thinker, Prof Burke is well known for his ability to generate innovative and novel solutions for the advancement of crop science. He has vast experience in research, research interpretation and information dissemination throughout his career and has led a very successful crop science, plant breeding and plant biotechnology research programme at the Irish National Crop Science Research Centre.

Prof Burke has served on boards and advisory committees relating to agriculture, biotechnology and bioenergy His major interests cover present and future aspects of crop science, including crop physiology and agronomy, bioenergy, climate change impacts on crop production, plant response to environmental stress as well as the development of new biotechnological approaches for plant improvement.

The new Masstock chair was established by UCD’s School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, and endowed by Origin Enterprises, whose subsidiary Masstock is focused on the development of sustainable and profitable systems of primary food production through an integrated approach connecting innovative research with a cutting edge technology portfolio and strategic on-farm advice.


Lifestyle

If you are going to holiday in Ireland, you could hardly do better than Munster.Staycations 2020: Explore the marvellous magical kingdom of Munster

Tom Breathnach hails the beginning of Ireland’s 2020 staycation season.Fáilte Ireland: Land of a thousand welcomes once again

It is the fourth of May, 2007. I am coming home from work, tired and scrolling through images of Trapani, Sicily - our holiday destination in a few weeks. Nothing remarkable about the journey, until I read the story of a missing girl in Praia De Luz, Portugal.Learning Points: Give Madeleine McCann's family the space to put their lives back together

Happy 4th of July! The U.S.A. is waking up this morning to its annual star-spangled birthday, but as national celebrations go, you can expect a little less sparkle in the fireworks this summer. 2020 has been a torrid time for the nation; a pandemic, a racial awakening… a Trump presidency.What happens when America's borders reopen again? Our travel expert gets the lowdown

More From The Irish Examiner