The science behind added value foods as well as ingredients and bio-alternatives that fully maximise the use and profitability of agricultural resources.

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Our research

AgResearch creates added-value food and bio-based products with optimised nutritional, sensory and performance attributes and much of this is based on our understanding and knowledge of global consumer trends and markets. 

We develop non-invasive food and bioproduct evaluation tools using systems biology approaches for predictive control of food and bio-based product properties, from the pasture to the plate.

We are New Zealand leaders in protein and lipid food processing, pastoral agricultural co-products, proteomics of bio-based products and food metabolomics.

We are renown for our research into gut microbiology, nutrition and health of protein foods, companion animal nutrition, fibre science, micro-analysis of keratin materials and protein modification chemistry of bio-based products.

  • Additional capabilities

    • Applied food and environmental microbiology
    • Food safety
    • Food chemistry
    • Food processing
    • Food structure
    • Nutrition and health
    • Microbiology
    • Data and analytics
    • Statistics
    • Consumer science
    • Metabolomics
    • Systems biology
    • Protein science and proteomics
    • Structural biology
    • Animal biotechnology
    • Bio-based material science
    • Bio-based alternatives

Science Areas


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.

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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.

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