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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 […]

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 […]

Business Day/NZPA: GE pasture trial concerns

Peter Griffin posted in on March 3rd, 2010.

Kent Atkinson (NZPA) reports in Business Day on the upcoming application by the Pastoral Genomics group for a conditional release of GM forages, in particular clover and ryegrass. The application, however, has raised concerns amongst some groups who worry that the altered genes could spread into non-GM pasture species. An excerpt: (read in full here) […]

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