Fighting back the ‘evil weevil’

Seven years after its release in New Zealand a little wasp imported from Ireland is reducing the clover root weevil pest by around 90%in monitored areas. The prediction that clover root weevil would eventually colonise nearly all of New Zealand pastures is being realised. However, the wasp’s level of parasitism is much higher in New […]

Deal takes dyeing tech global

An AgResearch-developed wool dyeing technology that bridges the gap between high performance and haute couture is set to shine on a global stage thanks to a worldwide licensing deal. The revolutionary textile dyeing process, which is now being commercialised by Wellington-based BGI Developments, enables wool to be dyed two colours at the same time providing […]

Boosting the NZ seed sector yields and competitiveness

AgResearch work is ensuring the future prosperity of the New Zealand grass seed industry by helping boost crop yields and cost-competitiveness. New Zealand’s export revenue is largely underpinned by forage production from major grass and legume species such as ryegrass, clover, cocksfoot and fescue. Maintenance and improvement of the pastures on which producers depend is […]

Test gauges essential building block

A new test for soil sulphur is helping farmers more efficiently target their fertiliser use. The Total Sulphur Test (Total S) was developed by AgResearch nearly six years ago, and has now been commercialised in partnership with Hill Laboratories. Sulphur is an essential element for growing plants, it is a component of plant proteins and […]

Proactive action controls spread of weed

AgResearch science is leading the way in preventative action against an extremely costly weed. Careful management is the key to protecting dairy farmer incomes from the effects of the giant buttercup weed, says AgResearch scientist Dr Graeme Bourdôt. Dairy farmers can lose $1,040 per hectare per year in bottom line profit with just a 12% […]

New tests unlocks soil fertility information

An innovative soil test developed by AgResearch is offering the pastoral and arable sector the information it needs for better land and fertiliser use. The hot water extractable carbon (HWC) test offers straightforward, robust and accurate results on soil fertility status, especially the mineralisable nutrients bound to soil organic matter. The HWC test was developed […]

Ingenious Kiwi grass prepares to go global

An ingenious Kiwi solution to the billion dollar bird strike problem is getting ready to go global after impressing airport experts from around the world. Bird strikes at airports cost the aviation industry an estimated US$1.5 billion annually in both damage to airplanes and deterrence measures. A team of AgResearch scientists led by Chris Pennell […]

Fighting back against the ‘evil weevil’

Seven years after its release in New Zealand a little wasp imported from Ireland is reducing the clover root weevil pest by around 90%in monitored areas. The prediction that clover root weevil would eventually colonise nearly all of New Zealand pastures is being realised. However, the wasp’s level of parasitism is much higher in New […]