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Land and environment

Land use and land management are studied in relation to environmental impacts and climate change. Improving dairy, beef, lamb and deer production systems is addressed by innovative research on soil and water management, pasture fertilisation and farm nutrient management, while reducing negative impacts on the quality of soil, water and atmosphere and ecosystems.

Soils & land use

Dairy cattle grazing
Using our land and soil for optimal agricultural productivity... read more.

Greenhouse gas 
emissions & mitigation

System for measuring methane
Reducing methane and nitrogen emissions and meeting New Zealand's international obligations... read more.

Nutrient management

Nutrient spreading by tractor
Our knowledge and tools are available to farmers conscious of managing nutrients efficiently... read more.

Climate change &

Monitoring system
Helping agricultural producers maintain and grow their output through times of environmental change... read more.

Water quality

Dr Ross Monaghan collects a water sample
Maintaining the quality and nutrient level of fresh water and ensuring availability for future users... read more.


Dr Stewart Ledgard and a farmer taking a soil sample
Tools to assess, manage and reduce agriculture's impact on the environment... read more.