Lasers from above to zap weeds causing billion-dollar headache

Drone-mounted lasers could be used to zap weeds that are posing a billion-dollar problem for New Zealand agriculture, AgResearch scientists say.  AgResearch – with partners the Universities of Auckland and Michigan and NZ-based technology firm Redfern Solutions Limited – has been awarded just under $1 million from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s Endeavour […]

Meat quality measurement will give consumers more reason to buy New Zealand products

AgResearch has been awarded $4.25m in funding to develop sensors which will accurately measure the quality of export beef, lamb and venison in order to enhance consumer confidence in New Zealand’s meat. The funding comes from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise’s Endeavour Round, announced last week. AgResearch senior scientist Dr Cameron Craigie says […]

AgResearch success in MBIE funding round

Scientists at AgResearch have secured $10.95 million for six new research projects over the next three years that will benefit farmers, exporters and the wider community. The funding came from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) 2015 science investment round announced by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce last week. AgResearch Chief Executive […]

PhD student gains support to further her work on plant disease suppression in pastoral soils

An interest in sustainable farming is driving one young scientist’s research on naturally occurring plant disease suppression in New Zealand pastoral soil and her work has just been recognised with a prestigious grant. Bryony Dignam, who is currently conducting her PhD research at AgResearch and the Bio-Protection Research Centre in Lincoln, is the recipient of […]

Food-for-health Challenge scientists aim to boost NZ exports

Top scientists heading a major new research initiative to develop new food products with validated health benefits say they are delighted to be chosen to lead one of the Government’s ten National Science Challenges. In an announcement by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today, the University of Auckland, Massey University and University of Otago, […]

AgResearch meet to reaffirm commitment to Otago and Southland

AgResearch representatives are looking forward to the opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to environmental and regional science in Southland and Otago next week. Chief Executive Dr Tom Richardson will be among the group from the research institute, and will be presenting information about the plan and taking questions from local farmers. The Beef + Lamb […]

$200,000 win for dogma defying project

AgResearch has invested $200,000 to help further a dogma-defying science project. The project challenged the way experts had always thought fungus grew within plants, and was the first recipient of the annual AgResearch Science Prize. ​The award, which includes $200,000 project funding, is given to the best published examples of sciences that helps improve the […]

AgResearch receives grant for ground-breaking research in global health and development

AgResearch announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Senior Scientist Dr Axel Heiser, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Mycobacterial biobeads as a novel Mycobacterium tuberculosis vaccine”. “This grant will enable us to research a new way […]