Kiwi clover cultivars taking on the world

A Grasslands Innovation-funded white and red clover breeding programme undertaken by AgResearch continues to expand and provide growers in New Zealand and around the world with options to cost-effectively increase yield and boost returns. Grasslands Innovation Ltd. is a 30:70 joint venture between Grasslanz Technology Ltd and PGG Wrightson Seeds Ltd. Red clover (Trifolium pratense) […]

Better Breeding Strategies for Grass

New Zealand forage plant breeding has received a boost from Forage Improvement Senior Scientist Dr Zulfi Jahufer’s recent sabbatical with Dr Mike Casler of the USDA Agricultural Research Service, located at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Centre in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr Casler is one of the world’s foremost theoretical and applied perennial grass breeders, with […]

DairyNZ FVI building to a world-class resource for farmers

DairyNZ in conjunction with the New Zealand Plant Breeding and Research Association have developed an online forage evaluation system to provide an estimated profit index, called the DairyNZ Forage Value Index (DairyNZ FVI). Launched in 2012 the DairyNZ FVI provides a source of independent, economically-based information on ryegrass cultivar performance in New Zealand dairy systems for farmers […]

Purple petunias reveal all

A team of New Zealand researchers from AgResearch and Plant & Food Research has unlocked an elaborate code to discover how coloured pigments in plants form. ​“We wanted to understand how plants control the amount of pigment they make, and when and where they produce it,” says the lead author, AgResearch scientist Dr Nick Albert. […]

Award hat trick for AgResearch scientists

An AgResearch scientist has become the third at the institute to win a prestigious pastoral science award. Emeritus Professor Syd Easton, who is based at the AgResearch Grasslands campus in Palmerston North, was awarded the Ray Brougham Trophy for his significant contribution to grassland farming. ​The award was presented by the NZ Grassland Trust at […]

Biopesticide work paving way to sustainable future

A new research programme has been launched to develop the next generation of biopesticides to meet global demand for chemical residue-free produce and sustainable production systems. ​The research will be undertaken by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from AgResearch, Lincoln University and Plant & Food Research, working together in the Bio-Protection Research Centre, based at […]

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 […]

Rule change unlocks national seed bank for researchers

A new government agreement is promising to speed up the development of new forage cultivars by enabling faster access to imported seed lines in New Zealand’s national grassland seed bank. A major change in regulations controlling post-entry quarantine of seeds has been announced following negotiations between AgResearch and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). ​The […]