Sustainable Agriculture

UCD conducts world-class interdisciplinary research in areas of strategic importance such as genetics, life-cycle assessment, farming systems and crop technology. Our researcher leaders collaborate with national and international partners to address the major challenges of sustainable food production, climate change, biodiversity loss, a growing global population, and the increasing incidence of diet-related illnesses. Our goal is to radically transform agriculture and food production systems. 

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No 1 for Web of Science most cited researcher in Agricultural Sciences

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in the world for Agricultural Sciences - US News & World rankings

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in Veterinary Medicine - 2021 QS World University Subject Rankings

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in Agriculture & Forestry - 2021 QS World University Subject Rankings

Research Units and Programmes

Future-proofing food systems

  • UCD Institute of Food and Health

UCD Institute of Food and Health launched its new research strategy in 2020, centred around the challenge of 'future-proofing' the world's food systems. Read about the institute's holistic approach to food safety and food sustainability, focusing on primary production systems, innovative food processing and food quality, and nutrition and health. 

February 2017

The genome of Chenopodium quinoa

Nature

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January 2017

Evaluating physiological responses of plants to salinity stress

Annals of Botany

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July 2019

Soil nematode abundance and functional group composition at a global scale

Nature

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October 2019

A global synthesis reveals biodiversity-mediated benefits for crop production

Science Advances

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