Posts tagged "AgResearch"

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...

AgResearch hub remodelled for Lincoln [19 June/ Business Day: NZ Farmer]

AgResearch is to establish a new master plan in a nationwide $100 million restructuring programme, with more science and agriculture partners joining its vision for innovative clusters at its main Lincoln and Palmerston North hubs. The new plan will cluster science activities on the Lincoln University campus, creating spaces for businesses and science organisations to...

What colour should meat be? [8 June/ NZ Farmers Weekly]

AgResearch are to conduct a survey at this year’s National Fieldays, to understand what the coloured meat consumers prefer to help increase sales. AgResearch Senior Food Technologist, Dr Mustafa Farouk said confirmation will enable the institute to tailor its research in the area of meat colouring and packaging to reflect changes for the future. AgResearch...

Dairy hub call end by May [2 May/ Otago Daily Times]

Southern Dairy Development Trust Chairman, Matthew Richard said he expects a decision on whether the Southern Dairy Hub will proceed to be made by the end of May, as farmer contributions failed to meet the $2 million target. An unofficial figure of $1,253,100 had been pledged by 502 out of 932 farms, with the trust...

China and NZ extend research partnership [23 April/ Radio NZ Rural]

China and New Zealand have extended their research partnership, with farming systems and environmental protection being the focus of three new projects, all receiving $300,000 of Government funding over three years. The project between AgResearch and the Chinese Academy of Sciences will research how to reduce the impacts of dairy farming on water ways and...

Close eye on goat behaviour

[2 April/ RadioNZ] The Ruakura AgResearch facility is to house 48 goats to look into goat behaviour and animal welfare. The facility will use video cameras to observe the goats, offering substantial insights into on-farm practices. AgResearch Senior Scientist, Dr Warren King said there was a greater focus on animal welfare and milk quality as...

More work on case for AgResearch restructure

[19 March/ NZ Herald] Auditor-General, Lyn Provost has reported that in her view more work is needed to be done on the business case for the $100 million restructuring of the country’s largest Crown Research Institute, AgResearch. Ms Provost looked into the matter after receiving a complaint from Labour MPs about the handling of the...

Grant boosts research on disease control options

[12 February/ NZ Farmer] PhD candidate at AgResearch and Bio-Protection Research Centre, Bryony Dignam has been awarded the Kathleen Spragg Agricultural Research Trust grant in order to further fund her research on naturally occurring plant and disease suppression in New Zealand pastoral soil, which aims to deliver substantial disease control options for pastoral farmers. She...

AgResearch scientist gets top Chinese award

[16 January/ Rural News Group] AgResearch senior scientist in the Forage Breeding team, Phil Rolston was awarded the Chinese Government’s most prestigious science award, the International Science and Technology Co-operation Award. Dr Rolston has been actively involved in 30 research and development projects on grassland and livestock production in China since the early 1980s, and...

Overseer needs cash to progress

[8 December/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Overseer general manager, Caroline Read said that it was evident that more money needs to be invested in Overseer to make it a more reliable tool for setting nutrient regulations. Citing an AgResearch annual report that highlighted Overseer needing significant development to be suitable for setting regional council nutrient limits,...

Director a first for Zespri

[5 December/ NZ Herald] Zespri said that it appointed former Danone executive, Teresa Ciprian as an independent director, making her Zespri’s first women director. Ms Ciprian has advised a number of internationally focused business on their growth strategies and has developed a governance portfolio, which includes the boards of Firstlight Foods, AgResearch, Aspeq and Aviation...