The versatility of wool
Wool is an extremely versatile fibre. Our research has shown that wool is readily biodegradable in the ocean, has naturally fire-resistant qualities, has anti-odour properties and its products are a natural fit in a circular bioeconomy.
AgResearch has world-leading expertise in consumer-relevant attributes of wool, and the farm systems that produce it. We undertake research to understand, quantify and enhance the benefits of wool in consumer products including product performance, environmental impact and even human safety and wellbeing.
Demonstrating our strong commitment to wool, AgResearch has invested in scientific instrumentation to improve our understanding of wool fibre and widen the application of wool in textiles and materials. As well as our extensive laboratories, our scientists have access to well-equipped pilot-scale processing plants enabling discoveries made in the lab to be rapidly tested on a larger scale. We cover wool fibre processing from farm to product and beyond.