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Fast-growing pasture: feed or weed? Experts respond

John Kerr posted in on November 4th, 2014.

Farmers who use plant varieties that become invasive weeds should pay a levy to cover any environmental management costs, say the authors of a new study. As breeding technologies produce faster-growing, more hardy pasture plants, the potential impact of wild-growing pasture in the wider environment grows, warn the authors of a new article published in […]

RNZ: New types of grasses being used to keep birds away

Peter Griffin posted in on June 9th, 2010.

Grazzlanz Technology, based in Palmerston North, has received funding to continue research into the commercial development of specific grasses which birds and insects find unpleasant. The growth of such grasses in airports and other public spaces could help to reduce the numbers of birds and insects in those spaces. An excerpt: (read in full here) […]

Greener pastures? GM forage crops in New Zealand

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 2nd, 2010.

ONLINE BRIEFING: Tues 2 March 2010, 10:30 a.m. Drought-resistance, reduced greenhouse gas emissions intensity, superior nutrition for livestock — these are some of the benefits promised by researchers developing genetically modified pasture crops. But will these be enough to convince farmers — and the wider public — to accept GM pastures? No GM pasture crop […]

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 […]

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