Elodie, a French researcher in Teagasc
Elodie Ruelle has been working in Teagasc Moorepark Centre for four years now - first as a PhD student, now as a post-doctorate.
I’ve been working at Teagasc for more than four years (Moorepark centre). I started by carrying out my thesis here and now I’m at the post doctorate stage.
My research? "Farmville, but for real!"
In September 2011, we were two French doctorate students arriving at Moorepark, Charlotte Paillette and myself. The subject of Charlotte’s thesis was to simulate the growth of grass which was dependent on particular climactic conditions, the quality of the pasture land and the supply of nitrogen. The subject of my thesis was to make a model of a dairy farm set in pasture land. The main aspects were to recreate the passage of the cattle from one barn to the other, to predict the individual ingestion of each cow and to deduce the production of milk. One of the major components of this model was to explore the possibility of creating a software system to help with the decision making process, which would allow farmers to predict the consequences of changes around their farms (e.g. more concentrated distribution, and changing the grazing period on pastureland …). My research, in as much as a model can, among other things, allowed for the prediction of economic and environmental impacts due to government directives in finding an « ideal farm » in the given conditions. My current work as a researcher continues to be based around the same lines, and consists primarily of finalizing and merging the two modal farms and the growth of grass so as to allow the beginning of the development of decision making tools.
Collaboration between INRA and TEAGASC
This project is proof enough that the collaboration between TEAGASC and INRA is working well. In fact my thesis was co-supervised by Laurence Shalloo (Teagasc), Michael Wallace (UCD) and Luc Delaby (INRA). And what’s more, the model created during the thesis used the bovine dairy nutritional systems that were developed by INRA but the system was adapted for Irish animals. Numerous collaborations have already taken place between France and Teagasc in particular with the co-framework of thesis but equally by the presence of many French interns at Moorepark all year round (with the maximum numbers during summer, when one can find up to 30 interns present at the same time).
Originally from a little village in the Ardennes called Revin, where I went to school up to the end of secondary level. I carried out my studies up to leaving cert level, then I went to preparatory school in BCPST at the Lycée Clémenceau in Reims which in turn allowed me to enter the School of Engineering Agrocampus Ouest Centre in Rennes. During the course of my engineering training, I had the opportunity to carry out a 6 month internship at INRA on the comparison of nutritional systems between France and Holland. It was during this training that I became aware of the existence of a thesis program at Teagasc Moorepark in the framework of the FP7 Marie Curie project, which was the beginning of my adventures in Ireland.