The agri-food research community across the East of England has received a boost with a £4.78m investment in the new Ceres Agritech Knowledge Exchange Partnership.
The Ceres Agritech Knowledge Exchange Partnership is a three year collaboration between Universities of Cambridge, East Anglia, Hertfordshire, Lincoln and Reading and the research institutes John Innes Centre, Rothamsted Research and NIAB (the National Institute of Agricultural Botany).
Dr Belinda Clarke, Director of Agri-Tech East says: “The grand challenges in agri-tech require a multi-disciplinary approach and we hope that the establishment of Ceres will facilitate this.
“Collectively the research base has considerable capability in fields such as nutrition, genomics, biologics, informatics, artificial intelligence, satellite imaging, sensors and remote sensing, diagnostics, meteorology, precision farming, but all too often these specialisms reside in silos.
“As a independent business-led membership organisation, we look forward to working with Ceres to ensure emerging agri-tech is fit for purpose and it can be rapidly adopted by industry.
“Innovation requires a framing of the problems in a way that makes it possible for all stakeholders, particularly endusers, to provide direction and input. The growing agri-tech cluster enjoys the involvement of all elements of the agri-food value chain – from producers through to retailers – this makes it an ideal test-bed for new thinking coming out of research.”
More information about Ceres available here
Note: The Ceres funding is part of an investment of £67 million through Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund in new collaborative projects to drive forward the commercialisation of university research across the country.