Ngā Wāhi Pūtaiao
We play a key role in delivering new knowledge and technologies to support the agricultural sector. Our science areas are interconnected and help create smart, sustainable farming systems, and the most sought-after food and bio-products in the world.
Food and Bioproducts
Science for added value foods, ingredients and bio-alternatives that fully maximise the use and profitability of agricultural resources.
Fusing science expertise and consumer insights with innovation to understand and design high-value protein-based foods, novel agri-food products, ingredients, processes and solutions.
Our science supports the development of safe, high-value products using biological resources, including natural fibres like wool. Bio-based alternatives reduce reliance on synthetic materials and create new value streams.
Plants and Animals
Science to support fit-for-purpose plants and animals, insuring profitability, sustainability, and wellbeing.
AgResearch is at the forefront of improving pastoral agriculture practices and outcomes to position New Zealand as a global leader in the development of environmentally sustainable, safe and ethical pastoral production systems.
We develop fit-for-purpose animals with minimised environmental footprints and maximised product values, and by developing world-leading animal health and welfare systems.
Weeds, Pests and Biosecurity
We are world renown for our work in border biosecurity and lead New Zealand in microbial biopesticides, weed and pest management, and plant-soil microbial interactions.
Science that increases the resilience of food producing systems under a changing climate.
Climate Change: Soil and Water Science
Our research focuses on protecting Aotearoa New Zealand's agricultural resources and stakeholders from the impacts of climate change.
Climate Change: Plant Science
Forages are a key part of our food production systems. As the climate changes, our systems will require forages that are adapted to future climate conditions.
Climate Change: Animal Science
With ruminants being a major source of greenhouse gases, our scientists seek ways to mitigate emissions, as well as develop animals that are better adapted to high temperature environments.
Climate Change: Microbe Science
Microbes are increasingly recognised as important contributors to any ecosystem. Food production systems are no exception.
Systems: Integration and Modelling
Science solutions to adapt and mitigate to climate change have to be effective in a variety of production systems.
Sustainable Farming Systems
Science to improve the performance of agricultural systems in response to changing environmental, cultural, societal, and economic demands.
Empowering sectors to manage, respond and adapt to both gradual and sudden changes in circumstances or environment.
Safe and ethical animal production
We are leaders in food safety and integrity of animal production and processing systems.
Agricultural Systems: Data, innovation and adoption
We use the latest in science innovation and digital technology to enhance, integrate and transform agricultural production from the paddock and the consumer.
Science that helps the world transition to new, more efficient, productive and safer agri-food systems.
Providing the underpinning science evidence to support the transformational agenda of the agri-food sector and aid transition to new agri-food systems that enhance societal and environmental conditions.
Developing innovation while reducing waste and optimising energy and water-use efficiency in agri-food production.