The Crop & Soil Innovation Pipeline is an online portal where partners can access the expertise and facilities of all N8 Universities, delivering an innovation platform that integrates from fundamental crop and soil science to state of the art farms to generate transformative solutions for the AgriFood sector.
We need 60% more food worldwide by 2050. This needs to be done in a resilient and sustainable way that will reduce emission and waste whilst improving soil function. Each of the N8 Universities has access to unique and cutting edge technology platforms and facilities, as well as strength in interdisciplinary expertise in the AgriFood sector. Despite their close geographical proximity, many of these resources are not fully exploited by systems level linkage between universities or with industrial collaborators. Facilities and expertise is further expanded through N8 association with other groups such as the Crop Health and Protection Agritech centre. No other UK grouping has this breadth of expertise and infrastructure across the crop and soil research area. This unique strength allows CSIP to act as a single portal to integrate this expertise and infrastructure to create a hub that brings together businesses, farmers and academics to actively generate significant, lasting transdisciplinary solutions to meet the challenges of sustainable agriculture.