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AgResearch restructure – In the News

John Kerr posted in on September 25th, 2015.

AgResearch has been the focus of intense media reporting this week in anticipation of an announcement that the Crown Research Institute will be cutting research staff. The government-owned research organisation yesterday confirmed plans to lay off 83  staff due to decreasing investment in some research areas, but will be hiring 27 for new roles – […]

Daisy the GM cow makes international headlines

John Kerr posted in on October 4th, 2012.

A cow genetically engineered to produce hypo-allergenic milk has captured headlines both here and overseas. Daisy, a calf genetically modified to produce milk lacking a certain protein to which some infants are allergic, was developed by  scientists from Agresearch and the University of Waikato. You can read more about the research and expert commentary collected […]

SNP chip technology a $52m fillip for farm sector – researcher

Kent posted in on February 10th, 2012.

New Zealand farmers stand to gain $52 million over the next five years from scientific innovation which has given a local company a signficant lead in screening sheep for potentially profitable genetic gains, says a senior researcher, John McEwan, who estimates another $26 million of off-farm benefits will also be earned. Depending on short and […]

Science funding shows results

John Kerr posted in on September 16th, 2011.

Writing for the Dominion Post‘s Business Day, Jon Morgan holds up solid new research as an example of why science findings is important. You can read the full article from PLoS ONE here. Excerpts (read in full here): Science still the key to our future Scientists by nature are cautious. The thoroughness of their methods […]

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ODT: New dyeing process makes wool ‘sexy’

John Kerr posted in on March 29th, 2011.

Textiles scientist Stewart Collie talks to the Otago Daily Times about the money-spinning potential of a new wool dyeing process  developed by his team at Agresearch. An excerpt: (read the full article here) State science company AgResearch says it will commercialise a wool dyeing process which allows vibrant colouring of wool fabrics and could potentially […]

Dom Post: Animal death toll ends cloning trials

Peter Griffin posted in on February 21st, 2011.

Kiran Chug writes in the Dominion Post about AgResearch ending its cloning trials, due to the death rates of laboratory animals. While AgResearch will no longer be cloning animals, it will still be developing its transgenic cattle, sheep and goats, intended to produce pharmaceutically-useful proteins which cannot be easily made any other way. An excerpt: […]

BusinessDay: Sav blanc can cause a headache but save your skin

Peter Griffin posted in on January 17th, 2011.

Catherine Harris writes in BusinessDay about encouraging early results suggesting that sauvignon blanc extracts can help avoid sunburn. The research, being undertaken by AgResearch for kiwi company NZ Extracts, looked at the grape seeds from sauvignon blanc grapes grown in Marlborough – a major regional waste product. An excerpt: (read in full here) Early results […]

TVNZ Q&A: Andy West on the science system

Peter Griffin posted in on November 2nd, 2010.

Former Agresearch CEO Andy West talks to Paul Holmes about where the focus needs to be in science sector investment. An excerpt: (Click here to read the transcript or watch the interview) PAUL Now, you see, why would you pour your money into R and D, actually? Is there any actual evidence that spending more […]

Dom Post/Stuff: Kiwi textile scientists break new ground

Peter Griffin posted in on September 20th, 2010.

Carolyn Enting writes for the Dominion Post about a new, reversible, two-colour wool fabric to be presented at this week’s New Zealand Fashion Week. Developed by AgResearch, the wool’s colours are produced in a single dyeing, and the CRI is looking for business partners to help it commercialise this, and other high-tech textiles. An excerpt: […]

3 News: Fighting fit fabric

Peter Griffin posted in on July 13th, 2010.

AgResearch scientists have developed a new fabric which enables the martial artists wearing it to fight for longer. The fabric, made of a special woollen weave, is more lightweight, stronger, more comfortable, and allows better freedom of movement than the tightly-woven cotton generally used. An excerpt: (read in full here) “The wool fabric was developed […]

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