UCD and Origin Enterprises announce €17.6m ag research partnership

Science Foundation Ireland co-funding the five-year project

UCD Food Science Laboratories.
UCD Food Science Laboratories.
Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

Origin Enterprises plc and University College Dublin (UCD) have announced the establishment of a dedicated digital, precision agriculture and crop science collaborative research partnership.

This is a €17.6m five-year research programme that is supported through the Science Foundation Ireland (‘SFI’) Strategic Partnership Programme.

A cornerstone of the partnership will be the creation of scalable, dynamic and integrated crop models which incorporate consistent and real-time data driven and data analytical approaches that optimise sustainable crop performance through enabling enhanced predictive intelligence capabilities at field level. 

Commenting on the announcement, Origin’s Chief Executive Officer, Tom O’Mahony said: “We are delighted to join forces and collaborate with UCD, a world-leading academic institution in agricultural science with excellent credentials in multi-disciplinary research.

"We are particularly pleased with the support of Science Foundation Ireland under its Strategic Partnership Programme, the aim of which is to foster and develop partnerships of scale.”

Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact said the project put Irish research at the forefront of new and innovative approaches for future farming systems.

"The multi-disciplinary research teams at UCD will use our research expertise in data science and agriculture, together with Origin’s industry experts, to address the issue of crop sustainability, a major global food security challenge.” 

Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General, SFI and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government of Ireland welcomed the announcement saying that project will secure Ireland’s international position in the field of data-driven agriculture.

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"The proposed integrated crop model will have global implications in the sustainable production of crops, addressing the challenge of food production for a rapidly expanding global population.”

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