Origin announces €17.6m research partnership with UCD

Tom O'Mahony, Origin
Tom O'Mahony, Origin. (Image: Origin)

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12 December 2016 | 0

Origin Enterprises and University College Dublin are to establish a dedicated digital, precision agriculture and crop science collaborative research partnership.

Supported through the Science Foundation Ireland Strategic Partnership Programme, the programme will be worth €17.6 million over five years.

The collaboration encompasses a strong multi- and inter-disciplinary approach, combining the expertise of UCD in data science and agricultural science with Origin’s integrated crop management research, systems capabilities and extensive on-farm knowledge exchange networks.

“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,” said Origin chief executive officer Tom O’Mahony (pictured). “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.”

Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General, SFI and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government of Ireland said: “The SFI Strategic Partnership Programme supports unique research partnerships with strong potential for impact on the Irish economy. Investing in research that enhances the agri-food industry while protecting our natural resources is vital for Ireland’s future… 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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