Plants and People” is a module coordinated by Prof. Mary Forrest and undertaken by first year students in the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science. As part of the course unit, over 100 students converge on Rosemount each year to look at our teaching and research facilities and this week they paid their annual visit.

The group heard from Dr Caroline Elliott-Kingston as she explained that we are the national repository for the Lamb Clarke Historic Irish Apple Collection while Dr Saoirse Tracey spoke on the theory and and applications of the two X-Ray CT scanners (Vitomex and Nanotom), both novel pieces of equipment that constitute a significant portion of our plant phenotyping platform. Finally, Mr Gordon Kavanagh explained the theory and application of the growth chamber facility, and how different scenarios of future carbon dioxide-rich environments will affect crops important to the Irish agricultural sector.