New Lincoln research centre created to meet agri-food challenges

The University of Lincoln will support and enhance productivity in the agri-food sectors with the creation of a new Institute for Agri-food Technology.

The Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology, which will be working across the three campuses, will develop an agricultural field station for testing farm innovations, supporting training courses, crop trials, and experimentation, including in agri-robotics, water management and agronomy.

It will focus on the development of technologies to improve efficiency, sustainability, and reduce waste throughout the food pipeline, from farm to retailer.

It will also collaborate with the University’s College of Science on some of the projects.

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, said: “Productivity is a key aim for the UK Government and is vital to the success of our economy.

“The agri-food sectors are at the heart of our county of Lincolnshire and productivity lies at the heart of these sectors. Innovations in autonomous systems and robotics and other scientific innovations will drive that productivity.”

Professor Andrew Hunter, the University’s Pro Vice Chancellor for Science, added: “As populations grow, the challenge in providing sufficient food will intensify.

“The University of Lincoln is in a unique position to develop this new interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to meeting this challenge.

“Our academic expertise and the exceptional nature of our facilities, including parkland, farmland, woodland and watercourses, alongside our food manufacturing centre and world class science laboratories, provide a major opportunity to contribute to this global cause.”


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