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New Zealanders Trust Our Farmers – But We Can All Do Better

Wednesday, 3 April 2024, 9:57 am | AgResearch

The urban-rural divide is a myth. The public consider farmers themselves to be the most trustworthy source of information about food and farming. Generally, urban and rural New Zealanders agree on what ‘good farming’ actually looks like. These ... More >>

Better Phosphorus Use Can Ensure Stocks Last More Than 500 Years And Boost Global Food Production – New Evidence Shows

Tuesday, 26 March 2024, 10:06 am | AgResearch

More efficient use of phosphorus could see limited stocks of the important fertiliser last more than 500 years and boost global food production to feed growing populations. But these benefits will only happen if countries are less wasteful with how they ... More >>

Big Opportunities In `Wellness’ For Red Meat

Monday, 25 March 2024, 4:24 pm | AgResearch

Overseas consumers have a strong interest in improving their wellbeing through eating red meat, newly published research shows; highlighting opportunities to achieve a premium for products with proven health benefits. Crown research institute AgResearch ... More >>

Plugging The Knowledge Gap On Costly Pasture Diseases

Friday, 8 March 2024, 1:59 pm | AgResearch

AgResearch scientists want to plug a major knowledge gap on diseases in pasture, and address biosecurity threats, by reaching out to farmers. The pathogens (germs) that cause diseases in pasture plants such as Crown rust and clover rot can have ... More >>

EPA Decision Clears Way For New Research

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 12:33 pm | AgResearch

Researchers have today welcomed a clarification by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) that will allow them to progress new avenues of research for the benefit of New Zealand. In response to an application led by AgResearch and supported ... More >>

More Investment In Water Quality Monitoring Is Needed – New Research

Friday, 26 January 2024, 10:34 am | AgResearch

Aotearoa will not know if our water quality is improving for another 20 years unless we make a large investment in our water quality monitoring systems, finds a paper published this week . Last week, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon ... More >>

Sleeper Weed Poses Potential Billion-dollar Threat; New Tools To Focus Response

Thursday, 18 January 2024, 11:42 am | AgResearch

The “sleeper weed” Chilean needle grass, if nothing was done to stop it, could spread through most of New Zealand and eventually cost the country over a billion dollars, according to newly published research. <img src="" ... More >>

Supreme Science Award For Pest-fighting Pioneer

Thursday, 7 December 2023, 2:47 pm | AgResearch

A long-serving scientist who took the fight to pasture pests in New Zealand and reaped huge benefits for the country has won the highest honour at the 2023 Science New Zealand Awards. AgResearch emeritus scientist Stephen Goldson was last night ... More >>

Urine Sensors For Cattle To Reduce Nitrogen Loss

Friday, 1 December 2023, 10:59 am | AgResearch

It’s a wee issue but with a big environmental impact; and a new award-winning technology developed by AgResearch may help farmers to address it. Scientists at the research institute have developed what they call acoustic urine sensors to tackle ... More >>

New Tech To Boost Emissions Reduction Effort

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 2:28 pm | AgResearch

Ground-breaking new portable technology to measure methane emissions from cattle “on farm” will bolster efforts to reduce the climate change impact from livestock in New Zealand and overseas. The Portable Accumulation Chambers, developed by crown ... More >>

Meat Still On Menu For Most Despite Challenges

Tuesday, 6 June 2023, 12:08 pm | AgResearch

More than nine out of ten New Zealanders are meat-eaters, a survey has found; though almost half of Kiwis have reduced their meat consumption in response to issues such as cost and health. The results of the online survey carried out in December 2021 ... More >>

Food Posts On Social Media Helping Drive Research, Change

Wednesday, 8 March 2023, 11:10 am | AgResearch

If you have ever shared a hot take on social media about a food choice or eating experience, then you could be helping researchers who study consumer preferences and attitudes; and in turn influencing the evolution of food production. The collection ... More >>

Emissions Accuracy And Solutions Elevated By Award-winning Research

Wednesday, 7 December 2022, 1:58 pm | AgResearch

  A research team whose work has significantly lifted the accuracy of measuring and reporting greenhouse gases, to better track progress and help find solutions, has won the Supreme Award at this year’s Science New Zealand Awards. AgResearch’s ... More >>

Better For Climate Does Not Mean Sacrificing Quality: New Findings

Friday, 30 September 2022, 11:19 am | AgResearch

Farmed animals bred for less impact on the climate are as healthy and produce meat quality just as good, if not better, newly published results of long-running research suggest. New Zealand has been a world leader in the recent development of breeding ... More >>

Huge Gains For Industry In 50 Years Of Deer Farming Science

Thursday, 22 September 2022, 10:29 am | AgResearch

From a noxious pest that should be exterminated to livestock providing high value products to the world, the deer industry in New Zealand has come a long way in 50 years – and the research that made it possible is now being celebrated. An event ... More >>

Scientists Launch Study Into What Makes The Best New Zealand Pork

Wednesday, 24 August 2022, 11:06 am | AgResearch

Researchers are investigating what makes great-tasting pork as part of an innovative eating quality project. Scientists at AgResearch are examining how factors such as gender and pH values impact the eating quality of pork. Consumer testing will help ... More >>

Research Confirms Red Meat Nutritional Advantage Over Alternative

Tuesday, 28 June 2022, 10:49 am | AgResearch

Results from ground-breaking New Zealand research have shown red meat is a better source of protein than a processed plant-based alternative. Findings from a human clinical trial undertaken for the Pasture Raised Advantage research programme found ... More >>

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 >>





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