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

A cornerstone of the Origin-UCD development will be the creation of a scalable crop intelligence platform

 

Irish agri-services group Origin has said it will embark on a precision agriculture and crop science collaborative research partnership with University College Dublin.

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.

Intellectual capacity

“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”.