Posts tagged "AgResearch"

Deer velvet deal signed with South Korean corporation

[15 November/Radio New Zealand] South Korea’s largest pharmaceutical company, Yuhan Corporation, signed a deal to launch a range of New Zealand deer velvet products. Yuhan Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding with Deer Industry New Zealand, and entered agreements with AgResearch and Alpine Deer Group. The pharmaceutical company plans to develop health food products and...

AgResearch: Foods of the future to boost brain

[10 November/New Zealand Herald] AgResearch scientists are working on programmes that have been awarded more than $21 million from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Endeavour Fund. Projects include investigating the potential for future foods to improve brain performance via the gut-brain axis. Programme Leader Dr Nicole Roy explained that our guts influence our...

Mapping the shift to digital farming

[10 November/Rural News] AgResearch is starting a programme investigating the new era of digital agriculture. The goal of the programme is to develop a technology roadmap to support the industry as it transitions to digital agriculture, as well as identify barriers to technology uptake. AgResearch Research Director Greg Murison believed there was a huge potential...

‘Rock star’ of sheep science gets lifetime achievement award

 [14 November/Otago Daily Times] AgResearch Invermay-based Principal Scientist John McEwan was awarded a Science NZ lifetime achievement award at a function marking 25 years of Crown Research Institutes. Dr McEwan has been based in Invermay since 1986 and was internationally respected for his work in improving livestock genetics. His nomination stated his dominant force behind...

Some benefits from climate change

[2 November/New Zealand Herald] Climate change is likely to benefit Southland farmers in several ways. AgResearch’s Dr Tony van der Weerden is involved with research looking at the impacts of climate change on agriculture. He predicted that over the next 80 – 100 years southland temperatures would increase by about 3 degrees improving farming conditions....

Eating more dairy foods could boost brain performance

[27 October/Stuff] Mounting evidence suggests that dairy products or probiotics could boost brain performance. An AgResearch team led by Nicole Roy are investigating how to make new products that utilise these benefits. The key is in the two-way communication between the gut and the brain. They will be using new technology to investigate signals from...

Methane, nitrous oxide levels can be reduced

[5 October/ New Zealand Herald] AgResearch Science Impact Leader Robyn Dynes said methane and nitrous oxide levels can be reduced on-farm and discussed mitigation options to reduce greenhouse gases with rural professionals. Dr Dynes mentioned four options currently available to farmers or being worked on. These were low methane feeds, low methane animals, methane inhibitors...

Unfenced streams major source of water contamination

[5 October/ Radio New Zealand] New research by AgResearch Invermay’s Environment Group reveals smaller streams account for the majority of contamination in waterways. The study, published in the Journal of Environmental Quality, discovered that streams less than 1 metre wide and 30cm deep in flat catchments dominated by pasture accounted for, on average, 77 percent...

Work begins on $206 million Lincoln University research facility

[22 August/The Press] At event was held Tuesday to mark the start of the construction of a new $206 million research facility at Lincoln University, which will be the physical home of the Lincoln Hub, a collaborative project between the University and several Crown Research Institutes. Lincoln University and AgResearch are partnering in the centre...

Weeds cost farmers billions of dollars a year – study

[20 July/ Radio NZ] AgResearch and Scion scientists have joined forces with Lincoln University Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit Economists to review published research on the cost of weeds to the pastoral, arable and forestry sectors. AgResearch Principal Scientist Graeme Bourdôt said they cost at least $1.6 billion annually, but it was likely to be...

Genetic centre to boost agriculture

[24 July/ Radio NZ] The new Massey University AL Rae Centre for Genetics and Breeding is based at AgResearch’s Ruakura Research Centre in Hamilton and hopes to overcome a lack of research in quantitative genetics in New Zealand. The centre is funded by the Norman FB Barry Foundation. Chief Scientist for the Centre Dorian Garrick,...

Sustainability key to role as new AgResearch leader

[15 July/ Otago Daily Times] Southland Farmer Jeff Grant has taken over as AgResearch Chairman. Mr Grant said focus would be continuing to build on AgResearch’s ability to deliver highly relevant science to the future of farming to target farm and environmental sustainability issues. Mr Grant said regional council changes to improve land and water...

$85 million for joint research facility at Lincoln University

 [29 June/Stuff] The future of a $206 million research facility at Lincoln University has been secured with an $85 million Government grant. Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith said the contribution would boost primary sector education and the university’s post-earthquake recovery. The 27,000-square metre facility will be the largest land-based sciences research centre...

Military cameras help red meat

 [4 July/ Rural News Group] Cameras used by the military are helping the New Zealand red meat sector produce premium lamb products. AgResearch Chief Executive Tom Richardson said the technology has the potential to help farmers double their income. The camera looks through the surface structure of the meat, enabling scientists to study its molecular...

Hard nosed attitude needed for science business startups to get off the ground

[26 May/ Stuff] Agri-business start-ups may take eight years before a promising idea progresses to commercial sales. Principal Scientist at AgResearch as well as Chief Technology Officer for Zeakal, Dr Greg Bryan said AgResearch’s idea for growing larger and better crops by elevating photosynthesis might be commercialised. The commercialisation would require a five to six-year...

Seeds sent to Arctic doomsday vault

[4 June/ NZ Herald] AgResearch has deposited an assortment of seeds in a remote Arctic doomsday vault, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, to guard against the loss of plant species through war, disease or disaster striking New Zealand. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a secure facility on the Arctic Svalbard archipelago between mainland Norway...

AgResearch and China plan joint research centre

[20 February/ Radio NZ Country] AgResearch is planning to form a joint research centre with China’s Nutrition and Health Research Institute and the College of Food Science and Nutritional Engineering of China Agriculture University. Li Day of AgResearch said the agreement was a good move for New Zealand scientists as it will enable them to...

Scientists look to unravel mutant sheep wool mystery

[14 February/ Radio NZ Country] Research into the unusual straight and silky wool of mutant sheep is getting closer to understanding why it behaves differently, with AgResearch having found ‘felting lustre mutants’ experience a radical change in wool structure driven by specific protein changes.  The natural mutation creates wool that is straighter and silkier (a...

Lincoln confident of new agri hub

 [7 February/ Rural News] A recent report by Treasury that flagged the $206 million Lincoln Hub project at amber/ red status has not dented confidence at Lincoln University that the project will be successfully delivered.  The project is a joint venture between the university and AgResearch, with Landcare Research, Plant and Food Research and DairyNZ...

Kiwi research explores emotions in farm animals

[19 December/ Otago Daily Times] AgResearch Scientist, Gosia Zobel has been exploring the emotions of livestock in pioneering research that could improve the way animals were farmed. Ms Zobel said she wanted to understand, with a scientific basis, what the animals were feeling based on their behaviour, as opposed to just saying a dog wagging...

Big rise in black beetle numbers this summer

 [16 December/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] AgResearch Senior Scientist, Pip Gerard said climate change was to blame for an increase in the number of black beetles, with the population of the pest nearly doubling in Waikato this year. Mr Gerard explained that the rise in temperatures over the past few years was creating a more...

Future Footprint gets green light

[6 June/ Farmers Weekly] The Government has approved AgResearch’s $133 million Future Footprint plan, under which the majority of its four campuses would be consolidated at Massey University and Lincoln University. AgResearch Chief Executive, Tom Richardson said the Government sign-off allowed it to push ahead with detailed planning, with most of the work expected to...

NZ seeds arrive at ‘doomsday’ vault

 [23 May/ Radio NZ Rural] The first ever samples of New Zealand seeds to be stored in the Arctic’s underground Global Seed Vault have arrived on the Svalbard archipelago today. The Global Seed Vault was built to protect the world’s food supply and offer options for the future challenges of climate change and population growth....

Southern Dairy Hub site found

[19 February/ Dairy News] Southern Dairy Hub Chair, Maurice Hardie said a conditional agreement on two properties has brought the Southern Dairy Hub vision closer to realisation. Mr Maurice said the Southern Dairy Hub would be a research and development dairying centre which would enable local dairy farming issues to be researched on southern soils...