Endangered beetle faces ‘unholy alliance’ of rabbits and redbacks

An “unholy alliance” between rabbits and Australian redback spiders is threatening the existence of an endangered New Zealand species, a study led by AgResearch has shown. Carried out with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and University of Otago, the study has illustrated the struggle for the ongoing survival of the Cromwell chafer beetle – a […]

Study of mutant sheep provides exciting new opportunities

Research into “mutant” sheep has AgResearch scientists eyeing up a greater understanding of what makes human hair curly or straight, and the potential for innovative new wool products. Commonly known as Felting Lustre mutants, these sheep are rare and share the trait of naturally occurring straight wool, instead of the usual crimped wool.  “With these […]

New international science links to benefit New Zealand

New relationships forged between AgResearch and key overseas science organisations will provide a host of valuable opportunities for New Zealand, says Chief Executive Tom Richardson. “The first is a new strategic partnership involving organisations from three other countries, where we can share our scientific gains and better grasp the opportunities that come along,” Dr Richardson […]

Wool as a `last line of defence’ for armed forces and emergency services

AgResearch scientists have been putting the heat on wool garments to see what level of fire protection they can provide to those in the armed forces or emergency services. With wool’s burn resistant properties being well-known, AgResearch – working alongside co-funder Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and UK-based New Zealand company Armadillo Merino – has been […]

Grasses of the future offer huge benefits

Grasses of the future being developed by AgResearch scientists are expected to result in healthier animals, better production on the farm and less impact on the environment. Dr Tony Conner, the Forage Science Group Leader at AgResearch and one of New Zealand’s leading plant scientists, has spoken today about the cutting edge research into enhanced […]

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 […]