Trip to the Botanic Gardens
'Plant Power' is new to the Festival of Farming and Food - SFI Science Week at Teagasc this year. The theme of this event is ‘the importance of plant breeding in sustainable food production’. All our 6th Year students were given the opportunity to go to the Botanic Gardens to see local food producers showcase locally-grown sustainably-produced food. There was also an introductory lecture by Dr. Matthew Jebb, Director, National Botanic Gardens, on plant breeding in food production; interactive lab sessions looking at how biological control agents can be used to control plant pests in an environmentally-friendly way and our students learned how salads can be produced out of season using trolley plant propagators.
It was an action packed afternoon and all the girls had the unique opportunity to visit the National Herbarium, which is not usually open to the general public. They got to see the rare valuable collection of preserved plant specimens from around the world.
We hope that this experience will help our students appreciate the efforts of our horticulturists and help garner an insight into the L.C. Biology botany course.