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Exploring opportunities in an agricultural science career
Wednesday 1 April 2015

Senior Waikato high school students with a passion for science got a taste of what a career in agricultural science could offer at an interactive workshop hosted by AgResearch, DairyNZ, LIC and the University of Waikato last week.

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New dairy goat research gets underway at Ruakura
Tuesday 31 March 2015
The industry aim of increasing the supply of dairy goat milk produced in New Zealand has taken another step forward with the opening of AgResearch’s new dedicated dairy goat research facility at Ruakura.
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New steps in fight against agricultural insect pest
Tuesday 24 March 2015

The availability of a natural insecticide to fight an emerging agricultural insect pest is a step closer.

Scientists at AgResearch have been working on a naturally-occurring bacterium Yersinia entomophaga (Ye) that kills caterpillars of the plantain moth (Scopula rubraria), a widespread New Zealand native insect that feeds on a range of plants including plantain. The relatively recent appearance of this and another similar moth (Epyaxa rosearia) in large numbers in plantain crops has given rise to the commonly used name ‘plantain moth’.

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AgResearch statement on Office of Auditor-General review
Wednesday 18 March 2015

AgResearch Chief Executive Dr Tom Richardson has welcomed the Office of the Auditor-General’s (OAG) review on AgResearch’s Future Footprint business case, saying it is an endorsement of the process it ran.

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Internationally renowned geneticist and medical researcher to visit Palmerston North
Friday 27 February 2015
People will be able to hear from an internationally renowned geneticist and medical researcher at a public lecture in Palmerston North this week (eds: Friday 6 March).
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AgResearch and Te Tumu Paeroa partnership to benefit Māori agribusiness
Tuesday 24 February 2015
AgResearch and Te Tumu Paeroa: the new Māori Trustee have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which signifies a new long-term relationship with positive implications for the future of Māori agribusiness in New Zealand.
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Biocontrol beetle shows great promise
Monday 9 February 2015
Farmers will be able to observe first-hand the impressive impact of a biocontrol agent that acts against one of the country’s worst agricultural weeds at upcoming field days hosted by AgResearch.
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PhD student gains support to further her work on plant disease suppression in pastoral soils
Thursday 5 February 2015
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.
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Prestigious award for assisting Chinese agriculture
Friday 16 January 2015
AgResearch scientist Dr Phil Rolston has been awarded the Chinese government’s most prestigious science award for his contributions to agriculture in China.
Dr Rolston, Senior Scientist in the Forage Breeding team at AgResearch Lincoln, received the International Science and Technology Co-operation Award of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing last Friday.
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AgResearch sells Ruakura abattoir to Wilson Hellaby
Friday 5 December 2014
​Crown Research Institute AgResearch has sold its abattoir facility at Ruakura to specialist meat processing company Wilson Hellaby. The sale was concluded on 1 December 2014 for an undisclosed price.
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AgResearch scientist gains Professorship at Lincoln University
Wednesday 19 November 2014
Science collaboration at Lincoln has been strengthened with the appointment of AgResearch Principal Scientist in the Land and Environment Science Group Richard McDowell as a Professor within the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Lincoln University. The position is part-time (0.2 of a full time equivalent) with the balance of his work remaining with AgResearch.
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Open Source win for AgResearch scientist
Thursday 13 November 2014
AgResearch senior research scientist Rob Elshire has won the People’s Choice award at the New Zealand Open Source awards for his contributions to science and agriculture through genotyping by sequencing (GBS).
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Architect appointed for Lincoln Hub
Monday 22 September 2014
The five partners of the Lincoln Hub have appointed the architect for the first phase of the national agricultural hub being created at Lincoln.
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Major methanogen milestone
Friday 5 September 2014
AgResearch scientists and US researchers are one step closer in their work to reduce methane emissions from sheep.
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Fresh-cut pasture unique to NZ dairy goat industry
Tuesday 26 August 2014
AgResearch and the Dairy Goat Co-operative are holding a silage workshop at Ruakura on 9th September for farmers to find out more about the best practices for silage and forage supply for goats.
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Lincoln University decision a crucial step forward for Lincoln Hub
Thursday 17 July 2014

The Lincoln Hub partners have welcomed the Minister for Science and Innovation and Tertiary Education’s announcement of the Government’s agreement in principle to provide funding towards the rebuilding of science facilities at Lincoln University.

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Clue to late puberty in sheep discovered by AgResearch
Wednesday 9 July 2014
A needle-in-a-haystack search for the genetic cause of delayed puberty in a flock of Romney ewes has paid off for a team of AgResearch scientists.
Understanding what regulates the arrival of puberty is important for livestock breeding as well as human health.
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CARLA could soon help combat goat parasites
Friday 27 June 2014

A saliva test successfully used for selecting sheep with enhanced protective immunity to internal parasites may soon be also helping to increase the productivity and profitability of goat farming.

AgResearch Senior scientist Richard Shaw, who’s based at the Hopkirk Research Institute in Palmerston North, has developed a test – based on the CARLA test – that has the potential to help the goat farming industry.

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AgResearch at Fieldays 2014 – Science for a competitive advantage
Wednesday 11 June 2014
AgResearch is highlighting ways its science is helping the New Zealand pastoral sector maximise its competitive advantage at the 2014 National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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Science discovery already returning millions to New Zealand sheep farming
Friday 6 June 2014

An enormous international effort to map the sheep genome, which has been published today [6 June 2014], has already had very valuable spin-offs for New Zealand agriculture.

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Sale of AgResearch Flock House farm confirmed
Wednesday 4 June 2014

AgResearch has completed the sale of its Flock House farm near Bulls to Rangitīkei-based Iwi Ngā Wairiki - Ngāti Apa for an undisclosed sum.

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AgResearch commences design phase: commits to future at four campuses
Thursday 29 May 2014
AgResearch is commencing the design phase of the $100 million investment to revitalise its capabilities and resources and deliver better science to New Zealand.
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Black beetle numbers on the rise
Monday 5 May 2014
AgResearch scientists warn that one more mild winter could result in a population explosion of black beetle.
“Recent AgResearch trial work shows that black beetle populations are on the increase and development is more advanced in autumn 2014 than in the previous five years,” says AgResearch Science Team Leader Biocontrol and Biosecurity Dr Alison Popay.
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Leading businessman announced as Lincoln Hub chair
Tuesday 22 April 2014
Another milestone in the development of a national agricultural hub at Lincoln has been reached with the appointment of a chair.

The chairs and chancellor of the five Lincoln Hub partners have announced the appointment of Graham Stuart as the inaugural chair of Lincoln Hub. 
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Bumper summer for native moth
Wednesday 16 April 2014

Farmers in the North Island are reporting to AgResearch plantain crop damage from a normally benign New Zealand native.

The Epyaxa rosearia is a widespread native New Zealand moth, occasionally reaching pest levels, that feeds on a range of plants including plantain. Its recent appearance in large numbers in plantain crops has given rise to the name plantain moth.

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Project management appointment to progress AgResearch campus hub plans
Wednesday 16 April 2014
New Zealand’s agricultural and food innovation hubs are one step closer to reality with the appointment of a leading project management firm.
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Food-for-health Challenge scientists aim to boost NZ exports
Tuesday 1 April 2014

Top scientists heading a major new research initiative to develop new food products with validated health benefits say they are delighted to be chosen to lead one of the Government’s ten National Science Challenges.

In an announcement by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today, the University of Auckland, Massey University and University of Otago, along with Crown Research Institutes AgResearch and Plant & Food Research, will team up for the Government’s High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge.

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Purple petunias reveal all
Monday 24 March 2014
A team of New Zealand researchers from AgResearch and Plant & Food Research has unlocked an elaborate code to discover how coloured pigments in plants form.
​“We wanted to understand how plants control the amount of pigment they make, and when and where they produce it,” says the lead author, AgResearch scientist Dr Nick Albert.
Their paper “A conserved network of transcriptional activators and repressors regulates anthocyanin pigmentation in eudicots” has just been published in the world’s top-ranked plant biology journal, The Plant Cell.
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Industry-wide effort required to combat damaging weevil
Thursday 13 March 2014

One million tiny insects are going to make a huge economic difference to the Southland region this autumn, thanks to the joint efforts of AgResearch, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, DairyNZ and Environment Southland.

The project, which has been releasing parasitised clover root weevils on Southland farms for some time, is being considerably accelerated.

“If we can make releases of clover root weevil infected with the Irish wasp parasite on up to 1,000 Southland farms before winter, then we will have done as much as we can possibly hope to this year,” says AgResearch pest specialist and scientist Colin Ferguson.

“To do this we aim to collect up to one million parasitised clover root weevil over the next few months.”More >>

Constructive AgResearch farmer meeting
Wednesday 12 March 2014
AgResearch Chief Executive Dr Tom Richardson is describing today’s meeting with farmers in Gore as constructive and a good opportunity to share our plans and talk with farmers from Southland and Otago.
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AgResearch meet to reaffirm commitment to Otago and Southland
Thursday 6 March 2014

AgResearch representatives are looking forward to the opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to environmental and regional science in Southland and Otago next week.

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Wind-up for the Woolless Wiltshires of Winchmore
Tuesday 4 March 2014

The final act of a 13 year-long AgResearch sheep breeding project designing low-maintenance sheep will take place at the Tinwald General Saleyards on Wednesday 12 March.

​The research project led by AgResearch scientist Dr David Scobie into easy-care and shedding sheep has finished.  As the two flocks, totalling approximately 300 sheep, are now surplus to requirements on the Winchmore Research Farm, AgResearch is holding a dispersal sale.

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New Zealand genetics expertise harnessed for Icelandic salmon health
Monday 24 February 2014

One of the world’s leading salmon egg producers is working with AgResearch to develop genomic selection in Atlantic salmon.

Icelandic company Stofnfiskur HF and AgResearch, New Zealand’s pastoral crown research institute, are working together to help increase the efficiency of the company’s salmon breeding systems, using modern genomic tools pioneered in sheep.

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Advancing New Zealand’s genetic research
Thursday 20 February 2014

Scientists from around New Zealand are gathering in Palmerston North today and tomorrow for a workshop hosted by AgResearch which aims to advance the contribution of genetic research to the New Zealand economy.

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Award hat trick for AgResearch scientists
Friday 24 January 2014

An AgResearch scientist has become the third at the institute to win a prestigious pastoral science award.

Emeritus Professor Syd Easton, who is based at the AgResearch Grasslands campus in Palmerston North, was awarded the Ray Brougham Trophy for his significant contribution to grassland farming.

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Irish wasp may need help moving west
Thursday 16 January 2014

Increasing clover root weevil populations are being seen on the West Coast, but the AgResearch-introduced biocontrol is hot on its tail.

AgResearch entomologists Dr Scott Hardwick and Mark McNeill, based at the Lincoln Campus in Canterbury, have been tracking the spread of clover root weevil (CRW) in the South Island, so that they know if and where to release the Irish wasp, a very effective biocontrol agent for this serious pest of white clover.

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Brown fat measurement could offer key to improving lamb survival
Tuesday 14 January 2014

Not all fats are created equal, and work by AgResearch is looking into how this knowledge can help reduce lamb deaths.

In good conditions mortality of twins and triplets is below 10% and 20% respectively, but in poor weather conditions it can be much more. Many of these deaths occur in the first three days of life, often because the lamb is unable to generate enough body heat to keep warm during periods of extreme weather.

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$200,000 win for dogma defying project
Tuesday 10 December 2013
AgResearch has invested $200,000 to help further a dogma-defying science project.
The project challenged the way experts had always thought fungus grew within plants, and was the first recipient of the annual AgResearch Science Prize.
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AgResearch reaches agreement for sale of Wallaceville site
Friday 6 December 2013

Crown Research Institute AgResearch has entered into a conditional agreement for the sale of the remainder of its former Wallaceville campus in Upper Hutt.

The site is being sold in two parcels. A four hectare block was purchased by retirement village developer and operator Summerset in June for the expansion of its adjacent retirement village.

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Nematode name 50 years in the making
Thursday 7 November 2013

Advances in technology and international expertise have finally enabled the formal description and naming of a New Zealand nematode, more than 50 years after its original discovery.

The nematode, Alaninema ngata, was officially named and described in this month’s Nematology journal in the paper ‘Description and systematic affinity of Alaninema ngata n. sp. (Alaninematidae: Panagrolaimorpha) parasitising leaf-veined slugs (Athoracophoridae: Pulmonata) in New Zealand’.

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Mars to Manawatu for robotic rover project
Thursday 31 October 2013

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.

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Summer pasture pest numbers on the rise
Wednesday 30 October 2013
AgResearch scientists are predicting larger than normal numbers of the pasture pests porina and black beetle this summer.
“The mild winter and warmer than normal spring are perfect conditions for adult black beetle and porina survival,” says Dr Alison Popay, AgResearch Science Team Leader - Biocontrol & Biosecurity.
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AgResearch explores inner space to unlock clover secrets
Wednesday 23 October 2013
A new AgResearch project is exploring inner space to unlock the secrets of one of our most important pasture plants.
​The new project is aiming to describe and characterise all of the microorganisms that live inside the roots of white clover, the key forage plant upon which our pastoral economy relies. The two-year, $1 million programme has been funded in the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment science funding round.
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Biopesticide work paving way to sustainable future
Monday 21 October 2013

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.

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Further development of AgResearch’s campuses
Thursday 26 September 2013
AgResearch has concluded the staff consultation phase of its plans to reinvest $100 million in its campus infrastructure.
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Dairy Beef Integration Programme calves sired by Hereford Ezicalve bullsBetter beef genetics in dairy beef supply chain a win-win
Monday 23 September 2013
Early results from research are showing clear advantage with the use of better beef genetics for dairy beef.
​Two-thirds of New Zealand’s beef production originates from the dairy industry, yet despite this, few dairy farms use beef bulls of known genetics.
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AgResearch statement regarding Clostridium botulinum research undertaken for Fonterra
Thursday 5 September 2013
This statement has been prepared to address public misunderstanding surrounding work undertaken by AgResearch in relation to Clostridium isolates provided by Fonterra.
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Scientists search for silky sheep
Friday 16 August 2013
AgResearch scientists are again searching for lambs with curious coats and need farmers help to find them during lambing.
​Last year scientists asked farmers to be on the look-out for lustre lambs – animals with an unusual coat that is the result of a natural mutation which enhances the lustre characteristics of their wool.
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Bacterial toxins harnessed for bioinsecticides and medicine
Monday 5 August 2013
New Zealand and Australian scientists have found a new way in which bacteria store and release toxins, and their discovery may be harnessed to develop new bioinsecticides for crop pests and even new medicines.
The team, led by Dr Shaun Lott from AgResearch and The University of Auckland and Dr Mark Hurst at AgResearch in Lincoln, studied how the bacterium Yersinia entomophaga kills crop pests such as grass grubs, diamondback moths and porina caterpillars.
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AgResearch plans its future footprint
Wednesday 31 July 2013
​The country’s largest Crown Research Institute, AgResearch, has released further details of its plans to reinvest $100 million into its campus facilities and resources.
AgResearch Chief Executive Dr Tom Richardson says the proposal is now with staff for consultation and involves a major reconfiguration and reinvestment of AgResearch’s campus and farm infrastructure to create a vital agricultural research institute for the next 50 years.
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New Zealand’s $60b answer
Tuesday 30 July 2013
New Zealand's first food super-campus will be the focus of FoodHQ, a research collaboration that aims to enable the nation’s food exports to reach $60 billion by 2025.
FoodHQ will be officially launched on July 29 at Massey University’s Manawatū campus by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce, who will be joined by Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye. The first stage of FoodHQ, Food Innovation New Zealand, was launched in August 2009 by Prime Minister John Key.
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Rule change unlocks national seed bank for researchers
Thursday 11 July 2013

A new government agreement is promising to speed up the development of new forage cultivars by enabling faster access to imported seed lines in New Zealand’s national grassland seed bank.

A major change in regulations controlling post-entry quarantine of seeds has been announced following negotiations between AgResearch and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

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Trial suggests winter management can cut runoff losses
Tuesday 9 July 2013
An AgResearch study in South Otago has indicated that simple and low cost management techniques can significantly reduce overland flow and contaminant losses from winter forage crop paddocks.
With the growth of dairy farming in Otago and Southland, there has been a corresponding increase in environmental concerns, particularly regarding nutrient loss, faecal microbes and sediment to waterways.
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AgResearch at Fieldays – creating a future premium for New Zealand’s exports
Tuesday 11 June 2013
Opportunities to assess your pasture, check out the latest endophyte technology, and sample delicious added-value beef products are all on offer at AgResearch’s stand at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek this year.
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Iron-grabber important for endophyte survival
Monday 27 May 2013
Scientists at New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute, AgResearch, have made a crucial discovery on what makes endophytes succeed in ryegrass.
In a paper recently published in the prestigious journal PLOS Pathogens, lead author Dr Linda Johnson describes the tactic used by an endophyte to extract a vital nutrient, iron, from its ryegrass host.
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AgResearch to invest $100 million in new science innovation hubs
Monday 29 April 2013
AgResearch, New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute, has today announced a major investment programme that is the largest of its kind in New Zealand agricultural science.
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Returns from beetle battle show importance of pest management
Tuesday 26 March 2013
Success in tackling a destructive beetle on the West Coast has underlined the importance of having integrated pest management plans on farms.
Richard Townsend, Research Associate at AgResearch at Lincoln, said that the work in battling the manuka beetle has seen a reduction of pesticide costs as a proportion of milk solid revenues from 23% to 7% a year.
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Ingenious Kiwi grass prepares to go global
Friday 22 March 2013

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.

AgResearch scientists have developed a tool to help airport managers control the problem, a grass containing a special novel endophyte that naturally deters wildlife and insects.

​Bird strikes at airports cost the aviation industry an estimated US$1.2 billion annually in both damage to airplanes and deterrence measures.

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A wool garment designed by Annah Stretton for AgResearch for the launch the novel dyeing technology.Commercial Partnership Pays Dividends for New Zealand
Tuesday 12 March 2013
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 is now being commercialised by BGI Development.  It enables wool to be dyed two colours at the same time, and graphics and images to be dyed into the fabric. There is no loss of the quality feel of the fabric and the images won’t deteriorate over time.
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Nationwide programme maps sustainable future for farming
Thursday 21 February 2013
New Zealand’s agricultural sector is collaborating with government in a multi-million dollar nationwide programme to ensure a sustainable future for our pastoral industries.
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2013 AgResearch Meat Industry Workshop
Monday 7 January 2013

The Annual AgResearch Meat Industry Workshop will be held:
Tuesday 5th March 2013
The McMeekan Centre
Ruakura Campus, AgResearch, Hamilton. 

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Project aims to boost economic success through closer look at innovation system
Thursday 20 December 2012
The Primary Innovation project, a collaboration across the primary sector, has been launched as a new Government-backed initiative looking at the best way to convert ideas from scientific research into innovations that will improve New Zealand’s economy.
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Image of parasitiod (Irish wasp) laying egg in a clover root weevilIrish wasp more than match for clover root weevil
Monday 10 December 2012

The Irish wasp is back to battle the clover root weevil this summer, after a slump in numbers.

Like many farmers in the northern North Island, Mike McKie from Opunaki has been benefiting from plentiful clover in recent years, but is now alarmed at the reappearance of the distinctive feeding notches of the adult clover root weevil and the number of larvae in the soil.

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Rutherford Foundation Trust Award recipient Dr Estelle DominatiAgResearch scientist receives prestigious scholarship
Thursday 6 December 2012
The Rutherford Foundation Trust has awarded prestigious scholarships to nine of New Zealand’s most outstanding emerging researchers, including AgResearch scientist Estelle Dominati.
Highlights from the 2012 funding round include a range of projects, from Estelle’s work on the future of resource management in New Zealand to the treatment of osteoporosis and cardiac dysfunction in diabetes and black holes in astrophysics.
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AgResearch develops unique biopesticide
Friday 23 November 2012
As summer approaches, one of New Zealand’s most serious pasture pests, porina, is emerging from the soil to mate and scatter vast numbers of eggs. It will cost farmers many millions of dollars.
AgResearch scientists are working on a chemical-free biopesticide that kills the pasture-munching caterpillars that emerge in huge numbers each spring and summer. It also kills the notoriously damaging grass grub and a major apple orchard pest, the bronze beetle.
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Dairy research and innovation boost
Tuesday 20 November 2012
Research and innovation in New Zealand’s most valuable export industry received a significant boost today with the signing of an agreement between The University of Auckland, industry-good body DairyNZ, farmer cooperative LIC (Livestock Improvement Corporation) and New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute  AgResearch.
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New research shows oral cattle drench most effective
Monday 19 November 2012
A new study by AgResearch scientists shows oral cattle drenches are far more effective than the equivalent pour-on or injectable products.
In a study soon to be published in the international science journal Veterinary Parasitology, AgResearch scientists Chris Miller and Dave Leathwick measured how effective the same drench active (moxidectin) was when given orally, as a pour-on or as an injectable.
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This picture shows the lamb (facing) identified in the 2011 lambing season.Scientists search for lustrous lambs
Tuesday 6 November 2012
AgResearch scientists are on the look-out for lambs with curious coats and they need farmers help to find them.
Last year, a lamb with an unusual wool coat was identified by a farmer and brought to the attention of AgResearch staff involved in the AgResearch Enhanced Wool Quality project.
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Friday 2 November 2012
AgResearch announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Senior Scientist Dr Axel Heiser, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Mycobacterial biobeads as a novel Mycobacterium tuberculosis vaccine”.
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Annual ReportA successful year for AgResearch
Tuesday 9 October 2012
​On-farm pest control, new value-added products and improved environmental performance are three of the significant contributions made by AgResearch scientists to New Zealand's agricultural economy over the past year, according to its 2012 annual report.
At the same time, the country's largest scientific organisation has sought to realign itself more closely with its farmer, government, industry sector and other stakeholders, says Chief Executive Dr Tom Richardson.
“There is still much to do and we have valued the willingness of our sector partners to engage with us,” he says.
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DaisyA scientific world first at AgResearch
Tuesday 2 October 2012
AgResearch scientists have bred the first cow in the world to produce high protein milk that may be hypo-allergenic.
The work by scientists at AgResearch’s Ruakura campus has been published in the current edition of the prestigious American science journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
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/news/pics/blank.jpgTesting natural products for AgResearch
Wednesday 12 September 2012
Are you interested in being part of ground-breaking studies of New Zealand fabric and cosmetic products?
Scientists from AgResearch’s Food and Bio-based Products group are looking for more local volunteers to participate in skin trials, testing new products made from uniquely New Zealand materials – for example woollen textiles or cosmetics made from dairy or other natural product extracts.
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Infra red thermal imagingAgResearch at National Agricultural Fieldays 2012
Wednesday 13 June 2012

AgResearch’s role in the changing face of farming is the theme for AgResearch’s stand in the Premier Feature area at this year’s National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.

AgResearch Chief Executive Dr Tom Richardson says it’s 20 years since the organisation, along with the other seven Crown Research Institutes, was established.

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http://agrpublic/news/Lists/news/Attachments/71/giantbuttercup.jpgButtercup pest developing resistance to herbicides
Wednesday 16 May 2012

Giant buttercup, a damaging European dairy pasture weed that is avoided by cattle due to its acrid taste, is costing New Zealand hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue as dairy farmers battle to control it.

​The attractive yellow-flowered weed is developing resistance to modern herbicides, in part due to farm management practice, according to AgResearch scientists.

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AgResearch team finds missing link
Thursday 10 May 2012
AgResearch scientists have made a breakthrough proving a long-held hypothesis that white clover originated as a hybrid of other clover ancestors, followed by a chance doubling of the chromosome number to restore fertility.
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Adding value is research leader's core purpose
Tuesday 1 May 2012

By Ali Tocker - Waikato Times

​The head of New Zealand's largest Crown research institute is determined to put the "research" back into AgResearch.

After 18 months at the helm of AgResearch, Hamilton-based chief executive Dr Tom Richardson said significant progress was being made in refocusing the organisation on its core purpose – adding value to the $21.3 billion agriculture sector.

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Friday 27 January 2012
Moving towards solutions is the theme of the 2nd Annual Science Conference of the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC). The Conference, to be held in Palmerston North on Tuesday January 31st, will bring together New Zealand scientists, international experts, policy makers and industry representatives to discuss New Zealand’s research programme to deliver and implement effective, practical solutions to mitigate agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgEpiGen announces collaboration with Nestlé
Wednesday 23 November 2011
The EpiGen Consortium, an international alliance of the world’s leading epigenetics researchers (AgResearch Limited, Auckland UniServices Limited, Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and National University of Singapore, University of Southampton, Medical Research Council – Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit) is pleased to announce the creation of a research collaboration with Nestlé Research Centre in Switzerland.
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Thursday 6 October 2011
AgResearch released its Annual Report today announcing a successful year delivering science outputs to the New Zealand agriculture sector, whilst undergoing substantial change as it developed its new strategy, encompassed CRI reforms and closer alignment to key industry stakeholders.
More >> science breakthrough: first virus-free pluripotent stem cells in cattle
Tuesday 6 September 2011

International science publication PloS ONE, the world’s largest scientific journal, has published a research discovery by AgResearch scientists into cattle stem cells.

Microscope images - these bovine induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-like) cells express pluripotency markers TRA 1-81 (left) and SSEA-4 (right).

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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/64/meat-dairy-foods.jpg2011 AgResearch Meat Industry Workshop
Tuesday 23 August 2011The Annual AgResearch Meat Industry Workshop is planned for Wednesday 2nd November 2011 at Wharerata, Massey University, Palmerston North.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgAgResearch helping grow businesses through technology voucher programme
Friday 1 July 2011
Helping agritechnology-focussed businesses to use science is the aim of AgResearch’s recent involvement with the Ministry of Science and Innovation’s (MSI) Technology Transfer Voucher programme.
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Tuesday 28 June 2011

Australian company Ceridia Pty Ltd and New Zealand’s Paraco Technology Limited have signed an agreement to develop new drugs for the veterinary sector.  Combining Ceridia’s novel method of reformulating oil-soluble compounds, with Paraco’s expertise and access to animal health medicines, the intent is to develop and market novel and improved formulations for farm and domestic animals.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgChristchurch Earthquake: AgResearch Lincoln campus
Tuesday 14 June 2011
UPDATE - Following the earthquakes that occurred on Monday 13 June, AgResearch buildings at Lincoln are affected as follows:
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/news/pics/blank.jpgPestWebNZ gives farmers new tool to combat pests and weeds
Monday 13 June 2011
New Zealand pastoral farmers are about to get their first access to a new tool to assist in weed and pest management.  An advance release of “PestWebNZ” will be launched at the AgResearch exhibit at the National Agricultural Field Days at Mystery Creek, 15-18 June 2011.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgChristchurch Earthquake: AgResearch Lincoln campus
Monday 13 June 2011
Following the earthquakes that occurred early in the afternoon of Monday 13 June, AgResearch buildings at Lincoln are affected as follows:
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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/57/crw.jpgBiocontrol agent helps keep clover root weevil in check
Wednesday 8 June 2011
The introduction of a biocontrol agent for clover root weevil in 2006 has done much to suppress the pest’s impacts, but vigilance is still critical to detect new infestations and ensure that the biocontrol agent quickly reaches the areas where it is needed.
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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/58/grass-upward.jpgNew research helps scientists break the pasture feed barrier
Wednesday 8 June 2011
With funding from the Pastoral 21 feed programme (a joint investment by DairyNZ, Fonterra, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the Ministry of Science and Innovation), new research has investigated how improvements in both the quantity and quality of pasture species could help farmers to break the pasture feed barrier. The research will feature at the AgResearch exhibit during the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek on 15-18 June 2011.
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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/56/black-beetle.jpgBlack Beetle Action Group receives key funding for new research in Waikato
Tuesday 7 June 2011
The Waikato Black Beetle Action Group, in conjunction with AgResearch, has been awarded a three-year MAF Sustainable Farming Fund grant worth almost a half a million dollars over three years for a project entitled ‘Beating black beetle: developing pest-resistant dairy pastures in the Waikato.’ This grant is also matched by a similar level of cash and in-kind contributions from DairyNZ, seed companies, industry and farmers.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgSmart Farming: New technology enables easier, accurate pasture measurements that maximise productivity
Friday 3 June 2011
Funded by the Pastoral 21 feed programme (a joint investment by DairyNZ, Fonterra, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the Ministry of Science and Innovation), a team of researchers led by Dr Robyn Dynes, Senior Scientist at AgResearch Lincoln, has been working to improve both pasture mass estimation techniques and real-time pasture quality measurements by developing what her colleague Dr Warren King calls “useful tools that could drive farm production by improving both the value and utilisation of pastures.”  This research will feature at the AgResearch exhibit at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek on 15-18 June 2011.
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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/54/mowing-thistle.jpgMowing in the rain: New research proves this simple technique works to control Californian thistle
Friday 3 June 2011
For years farmers have had anecdotal evidence that mowing pasture in the rain helps to reduce the abundance of Californian thistle (Cirsium arvense), which is the most destructive pastoral weed in New Zealand.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgIndustry and Councils to get the dirt on soil research
Friday 3 June 2011
During June the agricultural sector can get the dirt and learn more about the latest science on managing soil as a resource and what future work can deliver to make farming and land-based industry more productive.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgNew edition of ‘Yellow Bristle Grass: The Ute Guide’ to be launched at Mystery Creek
Thursday 2 June 2011
An updated and improved manual called ‘Yellow Bristle Grass – The Ute Guide, 2nd edition’ to help farmers better combat this extremely aggressive weed will be launched at the AgResearch exhibit at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek on 15-18 June 2011.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgAgResearch thanks partners for DuPont Innovation Award
Tuesday 17 May 2011
On Friday 13 May the DuPont Innovation Award in the ‘Performance Materials’ category was presented to AgResearch’s Senior Scientist Chris Pennell and Grasslanz Technology Limited.
More >> and BGI Developments announce agreement to commercialise revolutionary new wool dyeing process
Tuesday 22 March 2011
A revolutionary new dyeing process developed by AgResearch, allowing vibrant colouring of wool fabrics which will earn New Zealand millions of dollars is about to be commercialised by a New Zealand based company.
More >> milk production major focus of research
Monday 21 March 2011
Significantly, increasing milk production is the theme of research being presented by AgResearch scientists at the NZBIO Conference 2011 in Auckland on 21 March 2011, focusing on enabling successful biotechnology.
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Christchurch Earthquake: Lincoln Campus reopened
Monday 28 February 2011
Both the Lincoln Science Centre and Lincoln Research Centre have reopened following the Christchurch earthquake.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgChristchurch Earthquake: Lincoln campus to reopen Monday
Friday 25 February 2011
Our thoughts continue to be with our friends and colleagues. There are now very few of our Lincoln people with whom we have not made direct personal contact. We do not have any reports of injury and do not at this stage have any information that would lead us to hold any specific fears for the safety of those we have not yet successfully contacted.
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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/45/christie.jpgLeading National Centre tackles global problems
Wednesday 23 February 2011
Global concerns about food security, the rapid escalation in metabolic disorders such as diabetes and polycystic ovarian syndrome, and their impacts on fertility and health are issues that demand solutions. At the Centre for Reproduction and Genomics’ (CRG) 3rd Annual Scientific Research Colloquium being held tomorrow at AgResearch’s Invermay Campus at  Mosgiel, a group of leading New Zealand and international scientists will present their latest research addressing these and other concerns.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgChristchurch Earthquake: update for Lincoln staff
Wednesday 23 February 2011
As the scale of the devastation of yesterday's earthquake becomes clear, our thoughts remain with all those within the Christchurch area. We have used a broadcast text service to reach as many employees as we can, while heeding the requests that only emergency phone calls are made.  Further communication with Lincoln employees will be made via this text service.  
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/news/pics/blank.jpgChristchurch earthquake: AgResearch Lincoln campus
Tuesday 22 February 2011
Christchurch experienced a severe earthquake this afternoon. Thankfully we have received no reports of staff being injured, and the Lincoln campuses appear relatively undamaged.
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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/43/mouse.jpgStudy shows mice and rats not best research model for large mammal studies
Friday 11 February 2011
In a study just published, it has been proved for the first time that research using rats and mice may not be able to be reliably extrapolated to apply to large mammals, including cows and humans.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgMarks & Spencer visit AgResearch about improving supply chain through science
Tuesday 8 February 2011
United Kingdom retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has brought a delegation to meet New Zealand producers and processors who supply lamb to their business.  The visit organised by M&S will involve meeting relevant supply and processing partners.
More >> Greenhouse Gas Centre awards contracts
Friday 21 January 2011
The MAF funded New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Centre (NZAGRC) has announced on behalf of its nine partners, the first 18 science programmes that will receive long term funding through the Centre.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgNew era for wool research
Thursday 13 January 2011
AgResearch says the Government’s announcement yesterday of a $17.25m investment in a wool research consortium means the start of a new era in wool research.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgStudy shows Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc seeds have significant benefits combating UV damage in skin
Friday 24 December 2010
Sauvignon Blanc grapes hold a lot more secrets than just being an important wine ingredient, according to preliminary results of a scientific investigation.  The AgResearch study looked at the benefits of an extract from Sauvignon Blanc grape seeds, a by-product from wine production, manufactured by Marlborough-based company, New Zealand Extracts Ltd.
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/agrpublic/news/Lists/news/Attachments/4/wool-testing-authority.jpgNZWTA acquires Textile Testing Laboratory
Tuesday 14 December 2010

The New Zealand Wool Testing Authority Ltd (NZWTA Ltd) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an unconditional agreement to purchase the assets and business associated with the Textile Testing Division of AgResearch, effective 20 December 2010.

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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/3/singing-scientist-xmas.jpgThe 12 Days of Christmas at AgResearch
Thursday 2 December 2010

AgResearch’s singing scientist Dr Matthew Barnett has followed his success with the “Epigenome Song”, and the "I Love Fibre" song, with a version of “The 12 Days of Christmas”.

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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/2/nzagrc-logo.JPGAgricultural Greenhouse Gas Centre boosts Global Research Alliance co-ordination
Friday 19 November 2010

The New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC) has appointed Dr Andy Reisinger as Deputy Director - International, to work specifically on New Zealand’s commitments as part of the Global Research Alliance (the Alliance).

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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/1/redback.jpgResearch shows that redback spiders could spread further in New Zealand
Monday 8 November 2010

Research published this month in the international journal Biological Invasions shows that Australian redback spiders (Latrodectus hasseltii), which are already established in Central Otago and New Plymouth, could become established in many other parts of New Zealand, particularly urban areas around major ports.

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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/5/nziba.jpgGrasslanz Technology receives award for best commercialisation of IP in international business
Friday 15 October 2010
Grasslanz Technology Limited, a subsidiary of AgResearch, won the prestigious ‘Best commercialisation of intellectual property in international business’ award at the 2010 New Zealand International Business Awards on Wednesday night in Auckland.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgBuilding sustainable business – focus of AgResearch’s 2009/10 year
Thursday 7 October 2010
AgResearch’s focus in the 2009/10 financial year was building a sustainable business by providing new and better solutions for the New Zealand pastoral sector and our other key end-users.
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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/7/commercialisation.jpgLeading fashion designers want commercial production of AgResearch fabrics
Friday 24 September 2010
Ten of New Zealand’s leading fashion designers have tried using four unique fabrics produced by AgResearch and many now want the merino fabrics commercially produced to use in their collections.
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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/8/wool-fabrics.jpgAgResearch seeks business partners to commercialise its unique wool fabrics
Monday 20 September 2010
After a two year break AgResearch is back at New Zealand Fashion Week 2010 showcasing four new fabrics. All the fabrics are made from wool and the fashions are designed to show off wool’s unique benefits.
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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/9/carla.jpgSheep farmers to benefit from parasite advance from AgResearch
Thursday 16 September 2010
AgResearch today launched a revolutionary technology which measures natural immunity to internal parasites in sheep more quickly, accurately and easily than existing tests. The CARLA Saliva Test, which measures protective antibodies to worms, has been used on over 7,000 animals this year. Now this time-saving technology is available to all sheep breeders directly from AgResearch.
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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/10/bayer.jpgWool protein wound dressings win AgResearch scientist prestigious award
Friday 27 August 2010
On 24 August AgResearch’s Dr Azam Ali won the prestigious 2010 Bayer Innovators Award in the Science and Health category.
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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/11/tb.jpgFunding boosts TB research
Wednesday 11 August 2010
Bovine tuberculosis (TB) research has received a boost with the award of a grant of $750,000 per annum for five years to AgResearch’s TB Immunology and Animal Health team from the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology.
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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/12/singing-scientist.jpgThe Singing Scientist's new song
Wednesday 11 August 2010
Dr Matthew Barnett, Senior Scientist in AgResearch’s Agri-Foods & Health Section who featured on TV and radio last year with his Epigenome Song, has written a second song based on his scientific work, this time about fibre.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgBayer Animal Health and Paraco agree on access to lead molecules
Wednesday 14 July 2010
Bayer Animal Health GmbH and Paraco Technology Limited, a 100% owned subsidiary of AgResearch, New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute, today announced they have signed an option agreement allowing Bayer exclusive access to Paraco’s current lead molecules for testing and development in animal health. The focus in the foreseen activities lies in the research of parasiticides.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgWork at Tokanui Dairy Research Farm progressing well
Wednesday 14 July 2010
Research at AgResearch’s Tokanui Dairy Research Farm in dairy cow productivity is further examining the role and interrelationships that environmental and genetic influences play in milk production.
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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/15/dave-leathwick.jpgScientist honoured for animal health and parasite management
Thursday 1 July 2010
AgResearch parasitologist Dr Dave Leathwick has received the 2010 McMeekan Memorial Award for his work in parasite management and drenching practices in the New Zealand sheep industry.
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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/16/lizwedderburn.JPGScottish College honours AgResearch scientist
Wednesday 23 June 2010
AgResearch Principal Scientist Dr Liz Wedderburn has been honoured by the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) with a five year visiting fellowship.
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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/17/tomrichardson.JPGDr Tom Richardson appointed AgResearch CEO
Friday 18 June 2010
The current head of the Rotorua-based CRI, New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd, trading as Scion, Dr Tom Richardson, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of AgResearch Ltd, after the resignation of Dr Andrew West.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgNew review highlights 'generations' of research behind pastoral success
Tuesday 15 June 2010
Creating sweet ‘fatty’ grass to increase livestock productivity, using ‘good’ bacteria to stretch the shelf-life of meat and sending in wasps to control a $1 billion weevil problem are just three ongoing research projects highlighted in the new AgResearch publication, Science Review 2010.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgWorld-first science GE discovery that could lead to more productive farms, and reduced greenhouse gases
Tuesday 15 June 2010
AgResearch scientists and the team from subsidiary company, Grasslanz Technology Ltd, believe they can improve white clover (Trifolium repens) to give grazing animals a higher intake of protein, while at the same time reducing methane emissions. In addition, the genetic breakthrough could improve animal health and reduce nitrogen waste, all issues important for sustainable farming.
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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/20/dungbells.jpgCow dung and dungbells centrepiece of Mystery Creek Fieldays Exhibit
Tuesday 15 June 2010
A towering column of fake cow dung is the centrepiece of the AgResearch exhibit at the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgBriefing by AgResearch about its GM research approvals and applications
Wednesday 19 May 2010
Background to the High Court challenge of our approved GM research applications by GE Free.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgFarmers to benefit from high tech quad bike collaboration
Tuesday 18 May 2010
Farmers may soon be able to use their quad bikes to assess feed quality and pasture health. By riding over the paddocks, according to scientists, equipment on quad bikes could take the guesswork out of the assessment of nitrogen, energy and fibre levels of pasture. The results would be obtained much more quickly than sending grass samples to labs for full analysis.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgAgResearch comment on ERMA recommendations for GM applications
Monday 3 May 2010
AgResearch has received the Environmental Risk Management Authority's (ERMA) preliminary recommendations on its four applications to conduct genetic modification of animals.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgAgResearch confirms downsizing
Tuesday 20 April 2010
AgResearch today confirmed that between 35 and 36 scientific, engineering and technical positions will be disestablished at the Institute in the areas of textiles, wool biology, dairy foods, food safety, parasitology, reproductive biology, developmental biology, protein structure, biomembranes and bioprocessing.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgAgResearch welcomes ERMA approval for business as usual transgenic research
Thursday 15 April 2010
AgResearch has welcomed the Environmental and Risk Management Authority (ERMA) approval of its application to continue existing transgenic research on ruminant animals.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgNew Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre heating up
Friday 9 April 2010
The New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre launched in March by Prime Minister John Key is hosting a visit of the Global Research Alliance officials this week and Director Dr Harry Clark says this is a busy time as the Centre makes links and works with representatives of all the countries involved.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgNorth Island dairy farmers urged to keep ensuring cattle have zinc protection
Wednesday 31 March 2010
AgResearch is urging North Island farmers to continue ensuring that their cattle are protected against facial eczema and to monitor their herds for the serious animal health and welfare problem.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgAgResearch study confirms spray chilling minimises venison weight loss
Tuesday 23 March 2010
Spray chilling deer carcasses minimises weight loss without reducing the tenderness of venison, according to a recently released AgResearch study funded by DEEResearch and the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FRST). Spray chilling involves the intermittent spraying of cold water onto carcasses.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgAgResearch welcomes CRI Taskforce recommendations
Thursday 4 March 2010
AgResearch, New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute, congratulates the CRI Taskforce and its Chairman Neville Jordan for their very thorough analysis and incisive recommendations on how to enhance the value of New Zealand’s CRIs.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgBroad science partnership to tackle New Zealand's agricultural greenhouse gases: New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre opened
Wednesday 3 March 2010
Increasing agriculture’s ability to create wealth for New Zealand in a carbon constrained world is the mission of the Government’s New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre opened today by the Prime Minister John Key in Palmerston North at AgResearch’s Grasslands campus.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgScientists turn to porridge and weeds for sustainable natural beauty products
Thursday 11 February 2010
If you want to have better, healthier skin, chances are in future you’ll be buying a product derived from the main ingredient for your porridge (oats), or an ancient grain-cum-purple weed called amaranth.
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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/32/Caravan.jpgChanging farming climate AgResearch focus
Wednesday 10 February 2010
A caravan that measures nitrous oxide emissions, software that helps manage soil nutrients and a full programme of measures to keep lambs alive will be profiled by AgResearch at the Waimumu Southern Field days on 10–12 February on its stand at exhibit site 211 and 212.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgSoil value could be on balance sheets and in nations' accounts
Tuesday 9 February 2010
The first steps have been made in placing a financial value on the soil and services it provides to any given piece of land. This value would not only include the ability of the soil to provide water and nutrients for plant growth and the physical support for plants, animals and humans, but also the role the soil plays in regulating the wider environment in which we live.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgCentre to tackle big issues in 2010 Research gathering
Friday 5 February 2010
A range of internationally recognised scientists, including Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, will address a range of cutting edge issues in reproductive and genetic science at the second Annual Scientific Research Colloquium held by the Centre for Reproduction and Genomics (CRG) a collaboration between the University of Otago and AgResearch, New Zealand’s leading primary industry research organisation.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgAgResearch CEO resigns
Thursday 4 February 2010
Today Dr Andrew West, Chief Executive of AgResearch Ltd, announced his intention to resign his position effective 30 June after six years in the role. AgResearch is the New Zealand Government’s principal research institute focused on this country’s dairy, red-meat and wool industries. AgResearch Chairman, Sam Robinson, has advised that the Board is not yet in a position to decide on the recruitment process for a new Chief Executive and will announce this in due course. Dr West has agreed to continue to lead AgResearch until mid 2010 to support the Board with the transition to a new Chief Executive.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgParaCo Technology Ltd announces licensing deal that could develop new animal health products
Tuesday 2 February 2010
ParaCo Technology Ltd, the wholly owned subsidiary of AgResearch Limited, has announced that it has signed an international licensing agreement with a leading Belgian Agro-Biotech company deVGen NG to access a range of small molecules that could allow development of active ingredients for new animal health products.
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/news/Lists/news/Attachments/37/crw.jpgDestructive clover root weevils found on Taieri Plain
Tuesday 26 January 2010
AgResearch has discovered the clover root weevil (CRW) on the Taieri Plain. AgResearch scientists are currently sampling local farms to see how well established the pest is in the area, before deciding how to address the infestation. AgResearch Scientist Dr Barbara Barratt says the weevils are small and hard to see, but farmers can assist by informing AgResearch if they see the typical weevil feeding damage on their white clover.
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/news/pics/blank.jpgNZ scientific breakthrough: Heart rate regulator ion channel discovered
Thursday 14 January 2010
AgResearch scientists, working with Victoria University and a scientist in the USA, have discovered that calcium-activated-potassium ion channels, present in only small amounts in the heart, have a significant role in modulating heart rate. The finding, once better understood, may open the way to pharmacological treatment for hypertension and for heart rate control during surgery.
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