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AgResearch scientists recognised for sheep research

Two Lincoln scientists have been recognised for their outstanding achievements at the AGM of the Canterbury Section of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science (NZIAHS).

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The future of agriculture: value or volume?

Dr Andrew West, Chief Executive, AgResearch Ltd 'sows the seeds' for an important discussion – should the agriculture sector’s emphasis be on value or on volume?

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Newsletter takes cutting-edge science to the classroom

AgResearch has created a Science by Email newsletter to keep secondary school science teachers informed of the cutting-edge scientific advances made at New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute.

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New dairy R&D farm in the Waikato

AgResearch has committed $6 million with the intent to create a new dairy research and development farm in the Waikato, at Tokanui just south of Te Awamutu.

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AgResearch to support agritechnology cluster

AgResearch Chief Executive Dr Andrew West has announced that the country’s largest Crown Research Institute supported the creation of an international-quality, agritechnology cluster in the Waikato.

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NZ research leading to better foods, health

A collaboration between international quality researchers at AgResearch and the Liggins Institute has the potential to bring about major improvements in agriculture, such as lamb growth, disease resistance and milk production, and human health.

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Science top of agenda at Fieldays

Tens of thousands of people descended on Mystery Creek in Hamilton on Wednesday to celebrate the farming community's biggest week of the year, Fieldays.

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Research helps save lives on NZ farms

New research from Scion into New Zealander’s on-farm handling of quadbikes has revealed how an incompatibility between design and use, plus a tendency for farmers to learn by ‘trial and error’, has turned this common farm vehicle into a $8.3 million annual liability.

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Scientists simulate climate of the future

A unique AgResearch experiment that simulates how climate change will affect farming in 25 years time is now the longest running trial of its kind in the world.

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Research expert to head Tatua

HortResearch chief executive Paul McGilvary has been appointed as chief executive at Tatua Co-operative Dairy.

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New Science

No more free lunch for caterpillars

Crop and Food Research is seeking permission to trial caterpillar resistant cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli and forage kale.

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Hairy roots for production of valuable molecules

AgResearch Lincoln scientists have come up with a novel way of producing valuable plant chemicals that have a wide range of uses.

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Unravelling the secrets of parasites

The Hair Worm (Trichostrongylus colubriformis) parasite may be microscopic but its impact on the New Zealand sheep industry is substantial.

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Weed enemy makes national debut

A South African moth that just loves boneseed, an invasive pest plant, has been selected by Landcare Research to act as a biocontrol agent. Waiheke Island is the first battlefield in the national campaign.

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World firsts for Pastoral Genomics consortium

Scientists have identified a close relative of white clover with a much simpler genetic make-up, ultimately making it easier to find ways of improving forages.

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Researcher chosen for neuroscience course

AgResearch PhD student Wendy Imlach is one of four young New Zealand scientists chosen to attend this year's prestigious Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience (ACAN).

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Research shows sustainable deer farming can be profitable

There is a widely held belief that deer farms typically have a detrimental affect on soil and water quality. However, little research has been undertaken to assess the real impact that deer farming has on these two precious resources. (INSERT LINEBREAK)

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Four leaf clover features at Royal New Zealand Show

New Zealand’s principal pastoral research institute believes its luck is in at the Royal New Zealand Show, which opened in Christchurch on the 15th of November.

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Gene discovery will lead to increased sheep fertility

The discovery of a gene that promotes increased fertility in sheep will give sheep farmers the opportunity to markedly increase their number of lambs, say AgResearch scientists.

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DNA traceability technique to add value to meat

The latest developments in DNA traceability will help New Zealand sell its top quality meat to discerning international consumers at a considerable premium, say AgResearch scientists.

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New Value

AgResearch IP licensing agreement strengthens links with Europe

AgResearch has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UK based commercialisation company IP Pragmatics. The relationship will open up a host of opportunities for AgResearch to license intellectual property into and out of the UK and Europe.

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Styling plant genes

AgResearch scientists have developed a high-precision DNA test that can accurately diagnose the seed yield potential

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AgResearch demonstrates commercial and scientific progress

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AgResearch animal scientist wins award

Dr Chris Morris's

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Water harvesting boosts production

Two Wairarapa farmers have significantly boosted their pasture production by storing winter and spring rain runoff and using it for irrigation during the summer, AgResearch shows. It's part of sustainable farming practice based on science.

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Wool market players snuggle up

AgResearch has announced that, subject to approval by its shareholding Ministers and satisfactory due diligence, it would purchase the assets of Canesis Network Ltd.

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AgResearch success at Mystery Creek

AgResearch strutted its stuff at the New Zealand National Fieldays and walked away with an armful of awards, including one for best site.

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