Agrimetrics is a partnership between the University of Reading, Rothamsted Research, NIAB and SRUC, who together provide expertise and capabilities in data science, smart analytics, bioinformatics, translational research and knowledge exchange in crops, livestock and food, and sustainability.
They will provide the core functionality of the centre and work with players in academia and industry to develop and deliver the innovation needed by end-users.
Rothamsted is the longest-running agricultural research station in the world. Its track record includes the discovery of the most widely used class of insecticides and its current research strategy addresses challenges in arable crops, grassland and bioenergy systems. Hosting the largest UK group of scientists working on bioinformatics, statistics and modelling applied to agri-food systems, Rothamsted hosts Agrimetrics’s Head Office. This critical mass enables the centre quickly to engage with a range of players in the industry.
The University of Reading has an international reputation for research in agriculture, ecosystem services, climate, earth observation, nutrition and behavioural economics. It has recently set up the Institute for Environmental Analytics to help industry develop the technologies and skills required to translate cutting-edge environmental research into commercially-relevant solutions. With more than 250 researchers working on data science, Reading will host the Data Platform and Data Ecosystem for the new centre.
NIAB has the UK’s largest independent capability for crop trials and a breadth of translational research activity that ranges from pre-breeding to applied agronomy. SRUC is one of the UK’s leading agriculturally-focused higher education institutes, offering a unique blend of research, education and consultancy to the agri-food sector. With extensive networks into the crop and livestock sectors in the UK and key partners in Farming Futures, NIAB and SRUC lead Agrimetrics’s knowledge exchange and engagement with an active group of advocates for on-farm change.
Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) – has 1,500 staff providing education, training, research, advice and consultancy services to the land-based industries. SRUC has a particular focus on interdisciplinary research delivered to a wide range of funders and stakeholders across the UK, Europe and over 55 countries worldwide. It has a strong track record in research that helps better understand and meet the needs of a wide range of future farming systems. This close engagement with farmers and their influencers precipitates beneficial change in farming systems and practices, nationally and internationally, so facilitating participation of and knowledge exchange with farmers and other decision makers ensuring innovations are taken up quickly and appropriately in support of sustainable food production.
With extensive networks into the crop and livestock sectors in the UK and key partners in Farming Futures, NIAB and SRUC lead Agrimetrics’s knowledge exchange and engagement with an active group of advocates for on-farm change.
Network of excellence
Twelve partners from a Network of Excellence will be brought on board to contribute innovation and expertise to projects as and when required to develop the solutions needed by end-users.
Partners in the network currently include: