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Forage Improvement

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We develop new tools and technologies to improve on-farm productivity, enhance the performance of New Zealand’s pastoral, agricultural and biotechnology industries and build on our position at the forefront of these sectors. The supporting research we carry out will lead to new commercial and knowledge opportunities in the future.

Our teams are engaged in underpinning science and plant breeding research to create high-performance forage legume and grass varieties for New Zealand farms and the international market. We develop animal safe endophyte strains that add value to production from elite grasses, and are also pursing R&D related to biofuels, speciality forages, new endophyte traits and animal::forage interactions.

Our group is home to world-leading teams in the genetic development of forages and encompasses a broad range of capabilities with staff working in areas from fundamental to applied research. The majority of our cultivars are commercialised through Grasslanz Technology.




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