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IRL scientist's breakthrough leads to burgeoning billion dollar cranberry industry

Groundbreaking research by Lower Hutt scientist Dr Lai Yeap Foo into the chemical compounds of the cranberry that inhibit urinary tract infection has resulted in soaring global demand in cranberry-based products.


New initiative for forage brassicas

The future of forage brassicas and their important role in New Zealand pastoral farming has been secured by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, which will lead to the creation of a joint venture between Crop & Food Research and PGG Wrightson Seeds.


Introduction of new crops changed our landscape

The New Zealand landscape and exports changed as Ruakura scientist Jim Douglas introduced new horticultural crops in the latter years of his diverse career. His contribution to agriculture and latterly horticulture was recognised in the Queens Birthday Honours when he was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.


Spanish launch for new pest management product

Small bugs mean big risks - and major loss of income - for greenhouse growers around the world. In New Zealand, onion thrips can be devastating to our largest horticultural crop, while capsicum and aubergine crops are also favourites.


Blitzing Grass Grub

Pasture production on parts of a Landcorp Farming Ltd farm in the central North Island has almost doubled thanks to a biocontrol that is blitzing grass grub populations.


Distinctive New Zealand flavours

Creating flavours from New Zealand native plants is the aim of a new, $1 million, Crop & Food Research programme that will see distinctive New Zealand food products developed for niche, high-value, export markets.


New Zealand takes bite of superfruit market

New research into health and nutrition is helping move fruit up the value chain.


On the scent of the clover root weevil

AgResearch's Lincoln-based scientists are hot on the scent of odours that will attract and ultimately trap the clover root weevil - a major clover pasture pest.


Styling plant genes

AgResearch scientists have developed a high-precision DNA test that can accurately diagnose the seed yield potential


New Zealand’s future is in smart foods

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