Novel new research into animal parasites

A new AgResearch science project, believed to be the first of its kind in the world, will investigate the potential of tricking animal parasite larvae to shed their protective shell (a process called ‘exsheathing’) on pasture so they die rather than being ingested by animals. This work is possible with the announcement of two year, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Margot Forde Germplasm Centre

The Margot Forde Germplasm Centre is New Zealand’s national gene bank of grassland plants and hosts the New Zealand Endangered Species Seedbank. Plant germplasm consists of seeds of genetically diverse plant populations that are conserved for use in plant breeding and to ensure the survival of groups of plants. The role of the centre is […]

It’s back to the future for white clover

The white clover that has helped the New Zealand pastoral sector thrive has had its interesting history unearthed by AgResearch scientists. Recent research shows that the popular legume, Trifolium repens, most likely came about through the meeting of two plants from very different environments. This knowledge enables researchers to look for closely related plants they […]

Pastoral 21

Pastoral 21 is a collaborative venture involving DairyNZ, Fonterra, the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Designed to boost farm productivity and reduce environmental impacts, the programme, which began in 2007, is now well into its second phase, and has seen teams […]

Mars to Manawatu for robotic rover project

An AgResearch team has taken some extra-terrestrial inspiration to help take the pain out of intensive pasture management. Inspired by NASA’s Mars rover project, the team at AgResearch in Palmerston North and Lincoln have built a paddock robot they’ve named the Agri-Rover. The Agri-Rover is designed to be a small, fully-autonomous rover that will automatically […]

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 […]