AgResearch success in MBIE funding round

Scientists at AgResearch have secured $10.95 million for six new research projects over the next three years that will benefit farmers, exporters and the wider community.

The funding came from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) 2015 science investment round announced by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce last week.

AgResearch Chief Executive Dr Tom Richardson said gaining funding for six new projects was exciting.

“It’s particularly pleasing to be successful with new funding in growth areas of science that AgResearch and our partners have identified as important to New Zealand’s long term agri-business growth, including Maori agri-business, high value manufacturing and innovative, high value food products.”

The successful bids include:

  • A project to assist New Zealand’s natural pet food industry to develop new super-premium, high-value natural red-meat pet food products in collaboration with three New Zealand natural pet food companies.
  • A project to investigate production of improved anti-cancer anti-bodies using goats.
  • Research to limit the impact of nematode parasites on animal health and productivity.
  • A project  involving staff from all the founding partners of the Lincoln ‘Hub’ (AgResearch, Lincoln University, Plant and Food Research, Dairy NZ and Landcare Research) as well as colleagues from NIWA investigating enhanced environmental decision making and behaviour change.
  • A project in collaboration with Plant and Food Research aimed at developing long-life whole-food-based beverages (UHT milks incorporating fruit/vegetables or cereal materials).
  • A project investigating a new approach to obtain micro-structural information of dairy products quickly, easily and cost effectively using a portable device.