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New Drive To Harness Mātauranga Māori For Aotearoa

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 12:41 pm | AgResearch

Mātauranga Māori should be seen as adding to the toolbox to tackle the big issues for agriculture and other sectors, rather than something that threatens the science status quo, says the head of AgResearch’s new Māori Research & Partnerships ... More >>

Let’s Sleigh Focused On Reindeer Welfare This Festive Season

Tuesday, 21 December 2021, 7:40 pm | AgResearch

While people are rightfully looking forward to a break after a tough year, let’s not forget the welfare of the hard-working reindeer this festive season, AgResearch experts say. With expertise in both deer research and animal welfare and ethics, ... More >>

World-first Research To Breed Low Methane Livestock Recognised

Wednesday, 15 December 2021, 2:51 pm | AgResearch

The work of AgResearch scientists to successfully breed low methane emitting sheep, as a tool to combat climate change, has been recognised with the Supreme Award at this year’s Science New Zealand Awards. With the support of the industry through ... More >>

New App To Help Manage Costly Invasive Weed

Thursday, 4 November 2021, 10:33 am | AgResearch

A new free web app has been designed to help farmers, landowners and regional councils manage a costly weed that has resisted eradication efforts in New Zealand for over a century. Nassella tussock ( Nassella trichotoma ) occurs in drought-prone grasslands, ... More >>

Scientists Aiming To Enhance The `human-ness’ Of Infant Formula

Tuesday, 21 September 2021, 1:29 pm | AgResearch

AgResearch scientists think they have identified a unique new way to make infant formula more like breast milk and better for babies, using ingredients that could enhance brain development and overall health. Research into this next generation ... More >>

Science Helps To Cook The ‘perfect Steak’; Artificial Intelligence Used To Create Unique Recipes

Wednesday, 14 July 2021, 1:35 pm | AgResearch

AgResearch scientists have taken their skills into the kitchen to identify the ideal cooking conditions for the ‘perfect steak’; while also harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create new food combinations and recipes. Working ... More >>

Machine Learning Aids Insights Into Cows’ Sleep

Wednesday, 30 June 2021, 11:52 am | AgResearch

Just like humans, our dairy cows need their sleep; but AgResearch scientists have had to get innovative with new technologies to better understand the quality of shut-eye the animals are getting. Research into the sleep of cows is seen by researchers as ... More >>

Resilient Kiwi Spirit Kept Agriculture Strong Through Pandemic

Monday, 21 December 2020, 2:10 pm | AgResearch

Kiwi ingenuity and a drive to “make it work” have been pivotal in New Zealand’s agriculture sector getting through the COVID-19 pandemic with relatively little impact, according to a new study by AgResearch and its partners. Farmers and others working ... More >>

Research Funded To Unlock Seaweed’s Potential As New `superfood’

Wednesday, 21 October 2020, 11:44 am | AgResearch

It is far from a staple on most Kiwi dinner tables, but AgResearch scientists are aiming to unlock the potential of seaweed as a go-to food with proven health benefits. And they have enlisted the services a of a world-class chef to help them do it. The ... More >>

Newly Funded Research Aims To Slash Waiting Time For COVID-19 Results

Thursday, 15 October 2020, 11:20 am | AgResearch

A new method to screen for COVID-19 infections could slash the current turnaround time of around 24 to 48 hours to just a few minutes, AgResearch scientists say. AgResearch is leading the research into this method - with support from fellow Crown Research ... More >>

Building To Help With Export Sector’s Recovery

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 3:38 pm | AgResearch

AgResearch chairman Dr Paul Reynolds said the Government’s capital contribution of $45 million towards a new education, science and innovation precinct in Lincoln is a huge boost for New Zealand’s COVID 19 recovery plan and the contribution to ... More >>

New ‘app’ To Help Farmers Manage Weeds

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 1:08 pm | AgResearch

Farmers can now measure and, as a result, better manage weeds on their property with the help of a phone app developed by AgResearch. The ‘Grassland Cover Estimator App’ provides an estimate of the percentage of a paddock that is occupied by a ... More >>

HME ryegrass making steady progress

Wednesday, 28 August 2019, 10:20 am | AgResearch

AgResearch’s development of a new generation grass is making steady progress. AgResearch principal scientist Dr Greg Bryan recently returned from the United States where the Crown Research Institute is conducting field trials of the genetically ... More >>

Survey reveals the nation's appetite for eating insects

Monday, 22 July 2019, 10:25 am | AgResearch

When it comes to eating insects, New Zealanders like them crunchy and if given a choice would opt to eat a black field cricket before other creepy-crawlies, according to a new AgResearch report that explores the nation’s appetite for insects. More >>

Important break-through for agricultural methane mitigation

Monday, 1 July 2019, 11:54 am | AgResearch

An international collaboration led by New Zealand scientists has made an important discovery in the quest to help lower methane emissions from animals. The findings have just been published online in the respected International Society for Microbial ... More >>

AgResearch wins supreme Fieldays award

Friday, 14 June 2019, 12:22 pm | AgResearch

AgResearch and three other Crown Research Institute collaborators have won the overall Supreme Site Award for Best Stand at National Fieldays. More >>

Helping farmers see the future

Monday, 10 June 2019, 12:24 pm | AgResearch

AgResearch is “helping farmers see the future” thanks to a new partnership with Animation Research Limited (ARL), the Kiwi company that revolutionised America’s Cup sports broadcasting. More >>

New machine to help export traceability

Wednesday, 5 June 2019, 9:00 am | AgResearch

AgResearch is developing a method of giving New Zealand exports a “unique fingerprint” that scientifically proves their provenance and could be used to deter supply-chain fraud. More >>

Prime arable and grazing research station for sale

Friday, 18 January 2019, 2:41 pm | AgResearch

After 72 years of contributing to local and regional research, AgResearch’s grazing and arable Research Station at Winchmore, North-West of Ashburton is to be sold. More >>

Reindeer welfare must be a priority, experts say

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 1:50 pm | AgResearch

AgResearch is urging strict adherence to welfare standards for the hard-working reindeer this holiday season. As experts in both deer research and welfare, AgResearch scientists have noted the crucial role of the reindeer is often overlooked at this busy time ... More >>