Origin links up with UCD for crop science research
Science Foundation Ireland backing €17.6m project to build digital tools for sector
A cornerstone of the Origin-UCD development will be the creation of a scalable crop intelligence platform
Supported by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the collaboration encompasses a strong multi- and inter-disciplinary approach. The aim of the programme is to build digitally based and user-driven advisory tools that provide rapid and localised decision support for agronomists and farmers.
A cornerstone of the development will be the creation of a scalable crop intelligence platform, which will incorporate consistent and real-time data analytical approaches to optimise sustainable crop performance.
The five-year development programme will be financed by a €17.6 million investment which is co-funded by Origin and SFI.
“The merging of conventional crop science and agronomic application with digital technology and prescriptive data analytics will enhance Origin’s knowledge-intensive offering along with improving the capacity to scale our service.”
Origin recently bolstered its in-house science capability with the appointment of Prof Jimmy Burke as head of research and knowledge transfer.
In a note, Davy Stockbrokers said the move to deepen Origin’s capability in precision agriculture and crop science “is a welcome and necessary development for the group”.