Sunday 22 September 2019

€17m Origin and UCD partnership to boost agri research

UCD and Origin Enterprises have announced a joint partnership.
UCD and Origin Enterprises have announced a joint partnership.

Sean Duffy

Irish/Swiss agri-food giant Origin Enterprises has announced it will team up with University College Dublin in a collaborative digital research partnership worth over €17m.

The partnership will see UCD and Origin create innovative new crop models that will be driven by real-time data.

The initiative will seek to improve systems capabilities on farms and will be geared towards the development of sustainable crop performance through the use of predictive intelligence technologies.

The partnership will be run in conjunction with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).

"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," Origin's ceo Tom O'Mahony said.

"The collaboration provides Origin with a development platform which accesses the very substantial intellectual capacity, advanced data analytics, sensing technologies and modelling resources of UCD," Mr O' Mahony added.

Professor Orla Feely - UCD vice-president for research, innovation and impact - said the deal represented a huge step forward for farming research in Ireland.

"This is a very exciting research partnership announced today between Origin and UCD, which will put Irish research at the forefront of new and innovative approaches for future farming systems," Ms Feely said.

"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"

Irish Independent

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