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 […]


AgResearch’s textile engineers have developed a wool-scouring machine to overcome the need for small-scale producers to resort to high-cost commercial processing services. Specialty producers face the frustration of lack of appropriately-scaled machinery and the high cost and inflexibility of commercial processing services, for what are considered by the industry to be niche quantities. However as […]

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 […]

Deal takes dyeing tech global

An AgResearch-developed wool dyeing technology that bridges the gap between high performance and haute couture is set to shine on a global stage thanks to a worldwide licensing deal. The revolutionary textile dyeing process, which is now being commercialised by Wellington-based BGI Developments, enables wool to be dyed two colours at the same time providing […]

Ingenious Kiwi grass prepares to go global

An ingenious Kiwi solution to the billion dollar bird strike problem is getting ready to go global after impressing airport experts from around the world. Bird strikes at airports cost the aviation industry an estimated US$1.5 billion annually in both damage to airplanes and deterrence measures. A team of AgResearch scientists led by Chris Pennell […]

Farmax helps high performers excel

A tool that helps ambitious farmers get the most out of their businesses is making its mark after expanding into the dairy sector. Farmax is a unique farm planning software tool which was developed by AgResearch in the late ’80s to help sheep and beef farmers make informed decisions on how to develop their businesses. […]