Agricultural research leaders from around the world team up to launch landmark open data crop nutrition platform

  • The new platform includes two open and collaborative databases and is the product of a historic partnership between the Consortium for Precision Crop Nutrition and several global research institutes
  • Focused on crop nutrition, the databases use state-of-the-art agro-informatics technology from Agmatix, with the goal of improving the efficiency and sustainability of agronomic practices
  • Databases yielded rapid results, including a published paper on estimating maize harvest index and grain and residue nitrogen concentrations

TEL AVIV, Israel, August 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Marking a major step forward in improving crop health and nutrition around the world, the Precision Crop Nutrition Consortium (RCPC) and Agmatix today launched a single global platform designed to stimulate international research collaboration and expand open access to crop nutrient data to farmers, their advisors and policy makers.

The online platform, powered by the Agmatix Insights Solution and led by CPCN in collaboration with several leading research institutes, provides open access to essential data on crop nutrient concentrations.

The platform, which includes two active databases, serves as an essential open data resource for researchers and agricultural professionals conducting field trials on soil fertility and crop nutrition. Allowing these users to contribute and benefit from the datasets, the platform has already resulted in a published article that estimates nutrient utilization and storage in maize.

Developed in partnership with the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) and Wageningen University and Research (WUR), the first of two databases examines production and environmental factors affecting nutrient concentrations to determine the total amount of nutrients removed from the field in the harvested portion of the crop. This provides agronomists and crop advisors with the information needed to improve their plant nutrition plans, delivering key efficiencies and critical yield increases. Focused initially on nutritionally and industrially important crops, such as corn, wheat, rice and soybeans, the Global Crop Nutrient Removal Database includes data on nutrient content, residues , crop yields and other related data.

The second resource, The Nutrient Omission Trial Database, focuses on crop nutrient requirements. Created in collaboration with the IFA, the African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI)and Innovative solutions for decision-making agriculture, this database includes data from researchers and institutes around the world. It aims to support site-specific recommendations on optimizing nutrient management by allowing researchers to compare crop nutrient requirements and plans.

“The information collected through this database will be invaluable in improving our understanding of current trends in nutrient uptake and removal by crops,” says Achim Doberman, Chief Scientist of the IFA. “This will facilitate the creation of decision support systems to determine how to optimize agricultural production in a sustainable manner, under changing environmental conditions, thereby facilitating long-term positive changes in the way these processes are managed in the industry. .”

The two CPCN databases are based on innovation Agmatix platform, designed to aggregate, standardize and harmonize agronomic data. Agmatix also used its complex algorithms to enrich the datasets with site-specific data, such as weather and geospatial information on soils and crops. The Agmatix Insights Solution provides registered users with direct access via an intuitive interface that allows full exploration of databases using predefined statistical tools.

“The promotion of open science is extremely important to us. It is only through collaboration that we can advance the agricultural industry as quickly as necessary to meet the growing demand for food, which will always be at the heart of what we do here at Agmatix,” comments Ron Baruchi. , CEO of Agmatix.

The large-scale provision of research data, made possible by the two global crop nutrient databases, is expected to advance the scientific development of the sector, while marking a positive step towards several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals , such as reducing hunger and poverty in a sustainable way. . In addition to being able to provide data through the platform, researchers can use the datasets to perform meta-analyses, allowing deeper insights to be gained from their own data across different trial sites. and types of fertilizers.

“Being part of this project enables us to develop and disseminate sustainable, evidence-based crop nutrient management solutions in response to the changing climate and weather conditions faced by farmers around the world. Africa“, explains Dr. Pauline Chivenge, principal scientist, coordinator of APNI and CPCN.

Jamie CollinsonCTO, iSDA concludes: “The data we are able to collect through this platform is essential for our digital smallholder advisor, Virtual Agronomist. We are excited to see the community coming together to create a shared resource that will improve this that is possible across the whole agri-tech ecosystem.”

To learn more about the project, the collaborations and how the databases can be used, please visit the microsite at http://cropnutrientdata.net or contact us through [email protected].

COORDINATING PARTNERS

The following partners coordinated the contribution of research data on nutrient concentrations in crops around the world.

The Consortium for Precision Crop Nutrition (CPCN) was established by the African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI) in 2020 to co-create common data, standards and resources that enable its members to develop, validate and disseminate their own customized nutrient management solutions.

Wageningen University and Research (WUR) is a public university in Wageningen, Netherlandsspecializing in technical and engineering subjects, life sciences and is widely regarded as the best agricultural research institution in the world.

The International Fertilizer Association (IFA) promotes the efficient and responsible production, distribution and use of plant nutrients. This mission plays a vital role in helping feed the world in a sustainable way. Members include fertilizer producers, traders and distributors, service providers, research organisations, agtech start-ups and non-governmental organizations

The African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI) is a non-profit research and development organization founded in 2019 and based in Benguerir, Morocco. Their mission is to enable African farmers to sustainably manage crop nutrition for a resilient and food secure environment. Africa.

Innovative Solutions for Decision Agriculture (iSDA) helps small farmers through Africa increase their productivity using advanced technologies while improving their profitability and the well-being of their communities.

Agmatix is the world’s first unique engine that propels the agronomic innovation cycle from research and experimental data to meaningful insights. The Agmatix platform can read and interpret thousands of different data points commonly used in the agricultural industry to help scientists, agronomists and farmers make actionable decisions.

For more information about Agmatix, please visit www.agmatix.com

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Lana T. Arthur