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Beacon for bioeconomy opens

A research centre concentrating on developing Ireland’s bioeconomy has thrown open its doors, with an initial budget of €22.2 million.

The Beacon Bioeconomy Research Centre, led by University College Dublin and with research facilities at the National Bioeconomy Campus in Lisheen, Tipperary, will be funded by Science Foundation Ireland. Other academics include the University of Limerick; National University of Ireland, Galway; and the government’s agricultural research and advisory body Teagasc.

Lisheen already has a €5.75m pilot production facility established by Enterprise Ireland with funding from the state. Researchers will be able to use these facilities to conduct research and trial new technologies and products, according to the centre’s strategic plan.

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