Research

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.

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  • Research Interests
  • Capabilities
  • Collaborators

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

Soil Quality

  • 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

Water Quality

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

Ecology

Biocontrol

  • 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

Capabilities

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.

Collaborators

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).