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Low allergy milk from engineered cow – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on October 2nd, 2012.

New Zealand scientists have genetically engineered a cow to produce milk lacking beta-lactoglobulin, a protein to which some people are allergic . Researchers from Agresearch and the University of Waikato used  RNA interference, a process that stops target genes from producing proteins, to engineer a dairy cow capable of producing milk lacking the whey protein […]

New livestock virus in UK and Europe, unlikely to reach NZ

John Kerr posted in on March 2nd, 2012.

A new livestock virus spreading across Europe and panicking farmers in the Norther Hemisphere is unlikely to reach New Zealand shores. The Schmallenberg virus, named after German region where the its was first detected, causes fetal congenital malformations and stillbirths in cattle, sheep, and goats. Spread by the Culicoides midge species, the virus was first identified […]

SMC(UK) Fact Sheet on Schmallenberg virus

John Kerr posted in on March 2nd, 2012.

This fact sheet was produced by the SMC UK to give journalists a background on the Schmallenberg virus currently affecting livestock in the UK and Europe. Background Schmallenberg virus, aka SBV, is an emerging livestock disease that has been detected in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the UK. Outbreaks of disease in […]

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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NZ Herald: GM grass trial aims to cut cows’ gas

Peter Griffin posted in on November 9th, 2009.

Eloise Gibson of the New Zealand Herald reports on efforts to develop and grow a new type of grass – one which could be grown in paddocks, and which will help reduce the amount of methane produced by the cows which eat them. The research is being conducted by AgResearch, although it has also drawn […]

Methane research inspired by NZ farmers

Peter Griffin posted in on October 24th, 2008.

Greenhouse gases produced by cow burps are growing at a faster rate than the man-made emissions responsible for global warming, according to the latest research. Dr Andy Thorpe, an economist at the University of Portsmouth, says his research was inspired by reports from New Zealand about belching cows and methane emissions. “The genesis of the […]

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