Novel microbial seed treatments protect wheat seedlings from insect damage

AgResearch scientists involved in the Next Generation Biopesticides Programme are following promising leads to identify effective environmentally benign microbial seed treatments for use by arable farmers. These treatments are based on soil bacteria that have been isolated from New Zealand pastures and shown to kill grass grub. The grubs are significant pests in autumn sown […]

NGB scientists battle kiwifruit disease

AgResearch scientists involved with the Next Generation Biopesticides (NGB) programme are playing an important part in the battle against a bacterium (Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae) attacking New Zealand’s lucrative kiwifruit industry. Dr Sean Marshall, a microbiologist with AgResearch at Lincoln, is part of a team including Emily Gerard and David Wright (also from AgResearch) plus […]