DNA technology to accelerate improvements in agricultural production

DNA technology to accelerate improvements in agricultural production

A new deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis technology called Genotyping by Random Amplicon Sequencing (GRAS) uses analytical materials. This technology is capable of dramatically improving the efficiency of identifying and selecting useful genetic information for agricultural plant improvement. This technology should lead to substantial time and cost savings in the agricultural plant improvement process. Toyota Motor […]

The world needs carbon-in not carbon-out

The world needs carbon-in not carbon-out

If we stopped releasing carbon from the soil into the atmosphere and captured it instead then the serious problem of global warming could be solved. International soil scientist, Dr John Baker, says, in relation to soil, there’s more “carbon going out than coming in” and the world has reached a stage where the process must […]

Manuka Honey can be identified

Manuka Honey can be identified

The UMF Honey Association (UMFHA) says recent advances in science mean it is now possible to definitively identify genuine Manuka Honey. UMFHA Administrator John Rawcliffe said, over the past four years, the Association’s members had been driving rapid advances in the application of science using high resolution mass spectrometry to the point where products claiming […]

How to respond to the ‘water quality versus production debate’?

How to respond to the ‘water quality versus production debate’?

-Dr Blair Miller – Group Manager Environmental Research, Lincoln Agritech Government recently issued a call of action to the country, saying that we must work to double our primary production export earnings while maintaining or improving water quality. To most people, this twin challenge will seem contradictory. Yet we are capable of fulfilling both of […]

Helping young Maori succeed in NZ’s dairy industry

Helping young Maori succeed in NZ’s dairy industry

To get ahead in the dairy industry Tangaroa Walker knows the key is to seize every opportunity and find ways to stand out. It’s advice he was given early on in his career – and it’s a message he’s now passing on to other aspiring young farmers. At just 26 years of age, Tangaroa is […]

COP21 highlights need for sustainable proteins

COP21 highlights need for sustainable proteins

London – The world climate summit (COP21) has been generally hailed as a success, with countries making commitments to reduce greenhouse gases. However, questions remain on how the food industry will meet the challenges. The food industry is unique in that it is a cause and victim of climate change. It generates a quarter of […]

Blood passion

Blood passion

Passion for farming and their animals runs blood-deep for David and Pip Fullerton, who are world-renowned for their international genetics work with Holsteins and are also one of New Zealand’s top-producing farms. Little-known in New Zealand for genetics, but significant players in the world Holstein breeding game, the South Waikato-based couple have farming roots in […]

IT-based agriculture a boon for farmers

IT-based agriculture a boon for farmers

With IT-based agriculture changing the way farming can be done, Lincoln University has developed a new programme to teach people the latest techniques. IT-based farming, known as precision agriculture, involves using technologies such as sensors to carry out soil or crop mapping. This allows farmers to use real-time data to place nutrients, fertilisers and chemicals […]