Our research focuses on protecting Aotearoa New Zealand's agricultural resources and stakeholders from the impacts of climate change.

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Mitigation and adaptation

In the context of climate change, our research on soil and water focuses on protecting these resources from the effects of climate, mitigating soil-mediated greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. nitrous oxide) and understanding the role of soil as a carbon depot.

Soil health project

New research on farms across New Zealand will measure and provide farmers with tools to enhance soil health, including identifying where regenerative agriculture practices can make a difference.

In a unique partnership between food producers Synlait Milk and Danone, AgResearch, and the Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund, the project will study soil health on 10 farms in Waikato, Canterbury and Southland/Otago over five years, to determine the impacts of changes in soil health on production, farm resilience and the environment, including climate change.

Our Land and Water National Science Challenge

AgResearch hosts the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge, one of 11 Challenges established in 2014 that aim to tackle the biggest science-based issues and opportunities facing New Zealand. Each one brings together the country’s top scientists to work collaboratively across disciplines, institutions and borders to achieve their objectives.

The Our Land and Water National Science Challenge works to answer the difficult questions from producers and industry such as:

  • How much can I reduce my environmental footprint and still be profitable?
  • If this footprint is still too much, then what other land uses can I change to and where in the landscape is this most profitable and most sustainable?
  • Additional capabilities

    • Soil science
    • Soil microbiology
    • Soil biology
    • Plant-invertebrate interactions
    • Nutrient cycling in soils
    • Measurement and mitigation of nitrous oxide
    • High-resolution soil mapping
    • Soil sensing technologies

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