Forages are a key part of our food production systems. As our climate changes, our systems will require forages that are adapted to future climate conditions.

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Mitigation and adaptation

Plants represent another means to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from agriculture. Our expertise in forage breeding, bioengineering and our germplasm collection, including endophytes, are keys to increasing resilience to climate change.

Resilient forages

In order to build more resilience into our food production systems, AgResearch scientists are working on everything from plants with deeper roots as a means to increase resilience to drought, to developing an ability to predict and prevent the incursion of damaging weeds and pests, to developing one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most promising genetically modified technologies, High Metabolisable Energy (HME) ryegrass.

Endophyte research

Endophytes occur naturally in some grasses, such as those used to feed livestock on New Zealand farms. Our expertise in endophytes is used to investigate how to confer resilience to forages for traits that will be affected by climate change, such as insect pest incursions. We are also exploring if endophytes might be a potential way to influence the amount of methane produced during digestion of the forage.

Impact of deferred grazing on plants

Learn how deferred grazing can make a real difference to pasture quality and drought resiliency.
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    • Forage genetics
    • Plant biotechnology
    • Endophyte science
    • Genetic engineering applied to forages
    • Plant-endophyte interactions
    • Forage Germplasm Collection and Storage
    • Weed biology
    • Pest biology

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