Teagasc (an Irish word meaning "learning") is the Agriculture and Food Development Authority - a national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agri-food industries and rural communities in Ireland. Research is carried out by over 500 scientific and technical staff at six research centres across Ireland. You can find out more about Teagasc research by visiting our website (teagasc.ie), or reading our popular science publication TResearch.

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VICCI participants from Teagasc are largely based at Oak Park Crop Research Centre in Carlow. The Oak Park campus comprises a 225 hectare research farm and an extensive laboratory complex which is home to over 80 staff. Research at Oak Park is focused on three main areas; Crop Agronomy and Sustainable Production Systems; Energy Crops and Bio-Processing; and Crop Improvement and Biotechnology. The research centre hosts long running and successful commercial breeding programmes in potatoes, perennial ryegrass and white clover, a key factor in the ability of VICCI to translate research into better plant varieties for Irish agriculture.