Posts tagged "AgResearch"

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...

Three new million-dollar projects for AgResearch

 [3 December/ Rural News] Three AgResearch projects have been successful in the recent High Value Nutrition contestable funding round. The aims of the projects included creating beef that reduces cholesterol levels, milk that reduces the risk of allergies in children and cows’ milk for the dairy-intolerant. All three projects are funded for three years, receiving...

Adding value to pastoral sector

[9 November/ NZ Farmers Weekly] In an opinion piece, AgResearch Chair, Sam Robinson, responded to the commentary on the rebalancing of the science staff within AgResearch.  Mr Robinson notes the decision to reduce the science staff at AgResearch did not sit easily with the Board and Senior Management of the company but it was a...

AgResearch confirms major job cuts

[29 October/ Otago Daily Times] AgResearch has confirmed details of its restructure which will result in the loss of nearly 80 staff and 51 roles among its science and technology workforce.  Chief Executive, Tom Richardson, confirmed that there would be a net reduction of 14 scientist and 37 technician roles in the next financial, five...

Reducing animal methane emissions feasible

[12 October/ Rural News] New Zealand-led research has shown that microbes causing animal methane emissions are similar across the world, meaning that global solutions would be feasible. The research project found similar bacteria and methanogens dominate in nearly all rumens across a wide variety of species and animal diets. AgResearch Senior Scientist, Gemma Henderson said...

Worry over AgResearch layoffs

[22 September/ NZ Herald] Waikato Soil Scientist, Doug Edmeades said the expected layoff of around 90 science staff at AgResearch will be a fatal blow to agricultural research in New Zealand. Mr Edmeades believed the layoffs were not related to the dairy downturn, and that they followed a general downward trend in the amount of...

Innovation for new UHT products

[19 September/ Dairy News] Miraka Chief Executive, Richard Wyeth has welcomed a partnership with AgResearch and Plant & Food Research to develop a new family of shelf-stable beverages. Mr Wyeth said the healthy, whole-food-based beverages will be aimed at high-value segments of Asian markets and could create significant new value for the New Zealand food...