Exploring our differences and similarities

Developing a strategic and co-learning approach to farm system design was tested in a recent project undertaken by AgResearch and mana whenua with Memorandum of Understanding partner Nga Uri o Te Ngahere Trust (the Trust). AgResearch engagement with the Trust was part of an on-going regional based pilot project. Our approach on the regional project […]

New tool helps regional councils meet weed management requirements of the Biosecurity Act

Regional council staff can now make robust decisions around the costs and benefits of weed control thanks to the work of AgResearch scientists. A new and user-friendly online Regional Weed Management Cost:Benefit web-app for regional weed management programme evaluation allows them to make science-based decisions on which weeds to include in their pest management plans. […]

Scientist’s study of pest life cycles contributes to Queensland fruit fly eradication

Specialist AgResearch expertise in population dynamics was used by MPI to assist eradicate the Queensland fruit fly from Grey Lynn in 2015. “This was the fourth Queensland fruit fly detection in the last three years, and the only event which involved an establishing population,” says AgResearch population ecologist John Kean. John has been a regular […]

Co-innovation in action

Co-innovation is a way for research and the primary industries in New Zealand to work together to accelerate the pace of innovation and deliver more profitable growing and farming practices. The AgResearch-led Primary Innovation project is encouraging and sharing ideas to foster co-learning and co-innovation that will create greater economic benefit and a more sustainable […]

Research highlights more risks associated with pre-lamb drenching of ewes

New research has highlighted a previously unrecognised risk from the common practice of treating ewes with long-acting anthelminitic drenches. Work led by AgResearch principal scientist Dave Leathwick and published in the journal ‘International Journal for Parasitology – Drugs and Drug Resistance’ shows the common New Zealand practice of drenching ewes pre-lambing with long-acting moxidectin drench […]

Manual guards NZ market access

Continued access of New Zealand’s food industries to economically important export markets depends on our ability to meet the regulatory and market access requirements of that country. The ‘Meat Industry Microbiological Methods’ manual, managed by AgResearch, is designed for use by laboratories typically found in, or used by, the New Zealand meat industry. In the […]

Cost effective genomic data supports new and nimble industry

Timely genomic data provided by AgResearch to dairy sheep farmers is having significant benefit, particularly in this emerging industry with a small number of suppliers. In 2014/15 AgResearch invested Core Funding into looking at the ‘wider picture’ of the emerging dairy sheep industry from a genomics perspective. “AgResearch had played a part since the beginning […]