One way to reduce methane emissions is via the diet. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland’s dairy herd has increased by about 50 per cent since 2015 along with a parallel increase in emissions of methane, a strong greenhouse gas emi(...)

Beer byproducts are set to be part of the a new generation of protein foods and ingredients

The creation of new sources of protein is a global priority as world population moves closer to the 10 billion mark and food production comes under in(...)

New RIA members (from left): Nobel Laureate John O’Keefe, Olivia O’Leary and Diarmaid Ferriter. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) is to establish a new academy for Ireland’s leading young researchers in the sciences and humanities. It will provide (...)

A joint UCC/NUIG project will investigate the potential of food supplement omega 3, derived from marine algae, to prevent depression and boost mental health. Photograph: Getty Images

More than €26 million has been awarded to 51 food and forestry research projects by the Department of Agriculture, Minister Simon Coveney announced th(...)

Gut bugs: a study of older people found that those who had less diverse diets tended to have less diverse populations of bacteria in their gut, and this was also linked with poorer health

Diversity is the spice of life. And it seems the same goes for your gut bugs – as we get on in years, at least. That’s the finding of the Eldermet stu(...)

Modern faculty buliding in Trento university

If you know Italy at all, you will know that the Italian university system does not always enjoy a good press. At best, the average Italian student’s (...)

Rebecca Wall, a researcher with the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, with Dr Catherine Stanton: “Teagasc has a very big collection of bacteria cultures,” says Dr Stanton

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in Ireland with approximately 10,000 people dying from it each year, according to the Irish Heart Foundation(...)

Could some probiotic bacteria be helpful in treating stress-related disorders and other mental health conditions? That’s the subject of a new review p(...)