Posts tagged "AgResearch"

Farmers say we need to talk about GE

[03 September/The Country] Federated Farmers state that the steady progress AgResearch is making on field trials of environment-friendly GM ryegrass in the US should act as a push for NZ to get on with a mature national conversation about genetic modification. President Katie Milne stated that we’re currently side-lining a potential major tool that could...

Development of genetically modified ryegrass making progress

[29 August/The Country] AgResearch states that its development of a new generation grass is making steady progress in the United States, where the institute is conducting field trials of the genetically modified High Metabolisable Energy (HME) ryegrass.  Testing includes whether the environmentally sustainable grass will perform in the field in a similar way to the...

Survey reveals New Zealanders’ appetite for eating insects

[22 July / The Country] AgResearch have released a report which explores New Zealander’s appetite for insects to help test the market potential for each insect. The survey found participants are more likely to eat if given the choice black field cricket nymphs and locust nymphs, followed by mānuka beetle and then huhu beetle grubs....

Large farms have more eco options

[18 July / Farmers Weekly] AgResearch scientist Alec Mackay says that harder hill country farms have the option to be more productive and eco-efficient than easy hill country farms. Mackay reports they can achieve this by increasing the reproductive performance of ewes and lamb weaning and growth rates. Another option he says is move from...

Fingerprinting food

(15 July/Farmers Weekly) A machine at AgResearch is helping scientists uncover the unique footprint of food. AgResearch’s Rapid Evaporative Ionisation Mass Spectrometer (REIMS) can now perform tests on meat samples and give back results within seconds, as opposed to over an hour using the previous technology. The results it give back have a variety in...

Sheep focus of facial recognition

[17 June/Farmers Weekly] Former AgResearch employees Greg Peyroux and Benoit Auvray from Iris Data Science in Dunedin are looking at agricultural applications for artificial intelligence (AI) using visual imaging. Initial work is on using computers to accurately analyse images to recognise and identify the faces of individual sheep and the pasture composition of quality species...

New machine to help export traceability

[05 June/The Scoop] AgResearch is developing a method of giving New Zealand exports a unique fingerprint that scientifically proves their provenance and could be used to deter supply-chain fraud. The method can also detect what feed a carcass was reared on. Dr Alastair Ross said the new rapid evaporative ionisation mass spectrometer (REIMS) machine being...

Visualisation tool enables landowners to see farms of the future

[10 June/Stuff NZ] Dunedin-based Animation Research has joined forces with Crown research institute AgResearch to turn data into a visualisation of potential land use change, helping landowners with decision-making. The technology will be shown for the first time at the National Fieldays in Hamilton. The ‘’hyper farm’’ will help landowners to visualise their landscapes under...

AgResearch project to determine whether dairy cows can be potty trained

[31 May/Stuff NZ] AgResearch is looking into whether dairy cows can be potty trained in order to capture cow effluent. The suggested approach would significantly reduce nitrogen loss if successful as farmers could capture cow effluent before it has the chance to reach waterways. The average cow produces 70 litres of effluent each day, 10...

Wearing wool is better for skin than synthetics

[30 April/Stuff NZ] AgResearch has found that wearing merino wool shows better hydration and less redness than wearing synthetic clothing. AgResearch bio-product and fibre technology science team leader Stewart Collie reported wool was the world’s most sophisticated fibre in terms of its structure and composition. Previous research had shown that sufferers of the skin condition...

Research farm up for sale

[08 February/Rural News] AgResearch’s Winnchmore Research Station, northwest of Ashburton, is up for sale. AgResearch says its science programmes will not be affected by the sale. The site is currently leased to a private farmer till the end of the 2019 harvest and is run as a commercial operation. The grazing and arable property has...

First-year student discusses future of food with industry’s best

[12 March/Massey University] Fatima Imran, a first year completing a Bachelor of AgriCommerce at Massey University will join a panel to discuss the future of food production in New Zealand with industry leaders. AgResearch Future Feeders is a headline event of New Zealand AgriFood Week. Fatima Imran says she is not worried about the other...

Milk miracle: New Zealand AgResearch scientists eye new baby booster

[10 February/NZ Herald] Dr Mark McCann of AgResearch refers to milk as a miracle food as he reflects on the amount of growing a human baby does in the first 1000 days of life is astounding. Mr McCann, a Senior Research Scientist, said one important part of this period was how different organs and systems...

AgResearch to sell Winchmore research farm after 72 years

[21 January/Stuff] The Winchmore Research Station in Mid Canterbury is being sold by AgResearch, after contributing to agricultural research for the past 72 years. The farm sale is by deadline private treaty, with offers to be received by end of February if not sold beforehand. AgResearch insist there will be no further land sales. The...

Farming nutrient programme can be ‘manipulated’ – watchdog

[12 December/Rural Life] The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, has released a report where he provides his assessment over whether Overseer should be used to regulate farmers with respect to water quality. Mr Upton said New Zealand has a major water quality problem associated with nutrient losses from farms and it was time...

PGG Wrightson Seeds moving to Lincoln research cluster

[12 October/Stuff] PGG Wrightson Seeds joined an agricultural research cluster at Lincoln. The grain and seed business, which is being sold by PGG Wrightson, was being sold, would move into a new building opposite the University. It will be across from the planned $206 million Lincoln University and AgResearch joint facility. PGG Wrightson seeds was being...

New consumer and sensory science facility on the way

[29 August/Massey University] Massey University are developing a state of the art consumer and sensory science facility to determine what drives people in their food choice behaviours. College of Sciences Pro-Vice Chancellor, Ray Geor, said the investment continued to build on the strong food science capability at Massey. The facility would increase the already strong...

Time to embrace gene editing technology, scientists say

[4 October/Stuff] According to a paper by The Royal Society Te Aparangi, removing allergens from milk and making manuka disease resistant could be potential uses of gene editing. It looked at several possible uses for New Zealand’s primary industries. Professor of Molecular Genetics at Massey University, Barry Scott, said gene editing techniques would allow more...

Sheep wool can help cats’ diets

[17 August/The Country] According to AgResearch scientists, proteins from wool could be added to animal diets to improve their health. They said positive findings in domestic cat diets would open up possibilities for new uses of sheep wool. AgResearch’s Science Group Leader for Food and Bio-Based Products, Dr Jolon Dyer, said there was a lot...

AgResearch field-testing GM ryegrass in United States

[13 July/Radio NZ] According to New Zealand scientists who were trialling a genetically modified grass in the United States, the plant could be a game changer for agriculture. Laboratory trials found the high metabolisable energy ryegrass grew up to 50 percent faster than conventional ryegrass. According to AgResearch, it stored more energy, was more resistant...

AgResearch takes full ownership of Farmax

[30 June/Rural News] Farmax, an agricultural software company, is now wholly owned by AgResearch. Farmax had been operating for 15 years and had added value to more than 5,000 farm businesses in New Zealand and overseas. The software is used by farmers to analyse, monitor and review farm operations to determine the production and economic...

East Coast banana growing venture taps into taxpayer funding

[25 June/Stuff] Te Taraiwhiti, a new banana venture, hoped to capitalise on New Zealand’s love for bananas. According to Statistics New Zealand, bananas were the most popular fruit in New Zealand. Taxpayer funds have been given to help develop a banana growing industry centred on Gisborne. This would add to the already thriving banana growing...

Farm animals’ feelings focus on pioneering NZ study

[5 June/The Country] Scientists said exploring farm animal moods and personalities could help us improve their welfare, as well as the farms they’re found in. AgResearch Scientist, Dr Gosia Zobel, said they couldn’t directly measure how animals were feeling, so there was a need to find indirect measures which was what they were trying to...

Lactose intolerant Aucklanders sought for a2 milk study that may help them tolerate dairy

[30 April/NZ Herald] Lactose intolerant Aucklanders are being sought for a study by The Liggins Institute and AgResearch that they hope will assist intolerant people to tolerate dairy. The study follows a trial last year that found one glass of a2 Milk prevented some symptoms of lactose intolerance. They are looking for twenty males and...