AFBI postgraduate students celebrate graduation

Date published: 06 October 2014

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Two postgraduate students at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), Vincent Griffith (left) and Daniel Enriquez Hidalgo (right) recently graduated as Doctors of Philosophy (PhD) from the School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast. Both students were supervised by Trevor Gilliland (centre) and funded by Teagasc Walsh Fellowships. The studies were conducted mostly at Teagasc Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork, under the co-supervision of Michael O’Donovan.

Vincent Griffith (left) and Daniel Enriquez Hidalgo (right), pictured with Dr Trevor Gilliland (AFBI)

The title of the study conducted by Vincent was ‘Assessing the dry matter yield stability, persistency and dominance of perennial ryegrass (Lolium Perenne L.) in monocultures and mixtures of grazed and cut swards ’. Daniel’s study was entitled ‘Strategies to optimise white clover (Trifolium repens L.) content in grass white clover swards to consistently replace inorganic nitrogen in grazing systems’.

Both students have already obtained employment, with Vincent taking up a permanent post and Daniel on a fixed-term appointment. The research collaboration between AFBI and Teagasc continues  with two new students having just registered this summer to begin their own PhD research studies over the next 3-4 years.

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