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Stuff: Aussie dung beetles are coming

Peter Griffin posted in on February 7th, 2011.

ERMA has given permission for ten species of Australian dung beetles to be brought over to New Zealand, to help farmers deal with agricultural runoff and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The beetles turn manure into a sawdust-like material which aids soil fertility, and can also help prevent manure leaching into waterways as well as increasing […]

RadioNZ: Scientists look at new plants to reduce emissions

Peter Griffin posted in on January 26th, 2011.

One of the 18 science programmes to receive funding last year from the Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Centre will look at whether farmers can reduce agricultural emissions by growing pasture plants which are high yield, but low nitrogen. The research will be undertaken by AgResearch, one of New Zealand’s Crown Research Institute. An excerpt: (read in […]

3 News: NZ methane emissions extremely high

Peter Griffin posted in on June 16th, 2010.

Melissa Davies writes for 3 News about New Zealand’s methane emissions, which are fives times the global average per head of population, and why they are bad for the environment. An excerpt: (read in full here) “”In terms of a gas that can absorb heat, infrared radiation and be implicated in global warming – it […]

3 News: Govt pledges $50M to reducing greenhouse gases

Peter Griffin posted in on March 4th, 2010.

Samantha Hayes of 3 News reports on Prime Minister John Key’s pledge of $50 million towards research into reducing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Specifically to do so, a new centre has been opened in Palmerston North, with $5 million each year for the next ten years. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Proof the Government […]

Agricultural greenhouse gas research – new centre launched

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 3rd, 2010.

Prime Minister John Key today launched the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre, which will be headquartered in Palmerston North at AgResearch. The Centre is a partnership between AgResearch, DairyNZ, Landcare Research, Lincoln University, Massey University, NIWA, Plant & Food Research, the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium (PGgRc) and Scion. What research will be […]

RuralNews: Breakthrough in livestock emissions

Peter Griffin posted in on February 15th, 2010.

Hamish Carnachan of Rural News reports on the recent mapping of a methanogen genome. It is hoped that the breakthrough, made by scientists from AgResearch, will contribute substantially in efforts to find ways of mitigating pastoral greenhouse gase emissions. An excerpt: (read in full here) “They have successfully mapped the genetic information of one of […]

One step closer to livestock that burp less

Peter Griffin posted in on January 28th, 2010.

Today, the first map of a rumen methanogen DNA sequence was published in the journal PLoS One, giving scientists worldwide a major new opportunity to identify methods for cutting methane emissions from cows. There was much excitement in late 2008 when it was announced that a team of PGgRC/AgResearch scientists were the first in the […]

Dom Post: Methane research is ballooning

Peter Griffin posted in on January 27th, 2010.

Kiran Chug of The Dominion Post reports on ongoing efforts to measure pastoral greenhouse gas emissions. Currently, AgResearch is using water balloons to measure the burps of sheep, as scientists try to understand why animals produce different amounts of methane. An excerpt: (read in full here) “At the crown research institute AgResearch, scientist Kirsty Hammond […]

NZ Herald: Scientists discover low-methane sheep

Peter Griffin posted in on September 21st, 2009.

Eloise Gibson of the New Zealand Herald writes about the discovery, led by the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research, Consortium (PGgRC) that some sheep simply produce less methane than others. The difference in methane production is about 20%, say the scientists involved, and there is excitement about the possibility for New Zealand to become a world-leader […]

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