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TEAGASC - Agriculture and Food Development, Ireland

Teagasc is the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland, and provides integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry. Teagasc has an active research programme focussing on pathogen fate and transport in the environment, with a particular emphasis on the detection of bacterial enteropathogens in soil and water (at supply and catchment level). The organisation also has extensive experience in working with pathogens of public health importance, with particular emphasis on verocytotoxigenic Escherichia coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter, along with research on Listeria monocytogenes and Cronobacter. Additionally Teagasc researchers have significant expertise in hydrology, hydrogeology and soil science, and carry out international research on the transfer of nutrient, pathogenic and other emerging contaminants to water. Nationally, Teagasc has surface and groundwater monitoring networks across a full range of hydrogeological and land-use settings.