Laboratory studies

The first set of laboratory experiments involves batch adsorption assays. Here we test a range of materials for pesticide adsorption capacity. Fourteen "potential" materials underwent initial screening, and a shortlist will be thoroughly examined in order to select the best option for our bioremediation technology. 

Field studies

Cregduff, Co. Mayo

Approximately 3000 ha in size, Cregduff is the largest of the catchments within the Agricultural Catchments Programme. It is an area of free-draining, shallow soil over karstified limestone region, with grassland
representing 92% of the land use.  

Dunleer, Co. Louth

The Dunleer catchment is just over 948 ha, of which 50 % is typically grassland, 35 % tillage and the remaining woodland and mixed use. The dominant soils in this catchment are typical and stagnic luvisols. 70% of the catchment is classified as poorly drained. 

Corduff, Co. Monaghan

The Corduff river catchment adjoins the
Sreenty lake catchment, with a collective size of 578 ha. Corduff is 89 % grassland, primarily used for beef production. This catchment is primarily acid brown earth, stagnic luvisols and gley soils over sandstone.