enviroCORE is a world class research centre
enviroCORE is a world class research centre in Sustainable Bioenvironmental Technologies in the niche areas of: Ecology and Biodiversity Studies, Phytotechnologies for Waste Treatment; Biomass Production and Plant Biotransformation; Environmental Sensors, Bio-indicators and Biosensors; Environmental Monitoring and Risk Assessment.
- Research Interests
Bioenergy Crops and Biomass Biotransformation
- Enzyme enhanced biomass pre-treatment for enhanced anaerobic digestion PI: Ann-Marie Enright
- Optimisation of biomass pre-treatment for enhanced biotransformation into bioethanol. PI: Patricia Mulcahy
- Development of endophytic biofertiliser systems for enhancing bio-energy crop production. PI: David Dowling
- Genome sequencing and analysis of endophytic plant growth promoting bacteria. PI: David Dowling Kieran Germaine
- Use of ecopiling to remediate organic pollutants in soil. PI: Kieran Germaine
- Analysis of regional lithium concentrations in the Blackstairs mountains. PI: Andrew Lloyd
- Phytoremediation of heavy metals from soils. PI: David Ryan
- Development of a new bioswale system for treating farm wastewater.PI: Kieran Germaine
- Novel microbial products for TBT removal from marine sediments. PI: Guiomar Garcia-Cabellos
- Bioremediation of landfill leachate.PI: Ann-Marie Enright Guiomar Garcia-Cabellos
- Impacts of microplastics on aquatic ecosystems.PI: John Cleary
Environmental Management and Monitoring
- Developing vermitechnology for organic green waste treatment.PI: Thomae Kakouli-Duarte
- Modelling wastewater treatment efficiency of constructed wetlands. PI: David Dowling Dina Brazil
- Development of colorimetric flow through systems for monitoring water quality. PI: John Cleary
- Use of nematodes as bio-indicators of soil quality.PI: Thomae Kakouli-Duarte
- Whole cell microbial biosensors for monitoring polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PI: David Dowling
- Use of biomarkers in fish for monitoring stressors in aquatic systems.PI: Rosemary O’Hara
- Bumblebee biodiversity in Europe. PI: Thomae Kakouli-Duarte
- Interactions of plant associated bacteria and nematodes. PI: Thomae Kakouli-Duarte
- Effect of cultivation practices on the soil and plant associated microbiome associated with Oilseed rape production. PI: Kieran Germaine David Dowling
- Combined plant associated bacteria and entomopathogenic nematode inocula for crop protection and plant growth promotion. PI: Thomae Kakouli-Duarte
- Biological control of plant parasitic nematodes using plant associated bacteria. PI: Thomae Kakouli-Duarte
- Vermitechnology products for plant growth and crop protection. PI: Thomae Kakouli-Duarte Andrew Lloyd
enviroCORE has delegated authority to confer both Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) awards. We have a wide range of research expertise including (but not limited to) the following areas:
- Microbiological analysis – microbial identification, microbial ecology studies, microbiome studies, phenotypic profiling. laboratory and medium scale (20L) production of microbial cultures.
- Genetic studies – gene detection and quantification, genome analysis, genotyping, gene expression studies, genetic engineering, genetic tagging, bioinformatics.
- Protein purification and analysis.
- Plant cultivation and growth analysis.
- Organic and inorganic chemical analysis of samples.
- Soil, water and plant analysis.
- Anaerobic digestion analysis.
- High through put microbial isolation and screening.
- Laboratory scale, greenhouse scale and field scale experiments/trials.
- Microscopy – microphotography.
- Nematode and insect culture techniques and bioassays.
- Nematode community analysis.
- Nematode ecotoxicology.
- Experimental design.
- Environmental modelling.
- Tissue/cell culture.
- Data collection, collation and Interpretation.
- Statistical analysis of data.
In enviroCORE we work with both National and International research institutes, SMEs and multi-national companies to develop innovative technologies for environmental management and monitoring, remediation, sustainable agriculture and bioprocessing.
Our Research Institute Collaborators:
- Teagasc National Crops Research Centre Oakpark Carlow (Ireland).
- The James Hutton Institute (Scotland).
- Shandong Academy of Sciences (SDAS), China.
- University College Cork (Ireland).
- NUI Maynooth (Ireland).
- NUI Galway (Ireland).
- Queen’s University Belfast, (U.K.).
- University of British Colombia (Canada).
- University of Madrid (Spain).
- University of Évora (Portugal).
- Agricultural University of Athens (Greece).
Companies we work with:
- Merck Sharpe and Dome (Carlow).
- Maxol Ltd (Ireland).
- Greencore Ltd (Carlow).
- AllTech Ireland Ltd.
- Ballon Meats (SME Carlow).
- EnviroSurveying Ltd (UK).
- Danisco Seed Inc (Multinational, Denmark).
- Verde Environmental Group (Multinational, Ireland).
- Patnav Ltd (SME Kilkenny).
- Ocean Leaves Ltd (SME, Kilkenny).
- CNP Water and Environmental (SME Carlow).
- Inter-Euro Technology Ltd (SME, Carlow).
- TE Laboratories Ltd (SME, Carlow).