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Male hormones accelerate DNA ageing

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Wednesday 7 July 2021

Most of us are familiar with the fact that women live longer than men. But have you ever thought about why and how this happens?

Worker bees smell trouble in the colonies

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Monday 22 February 2021

University of Otago research reveals bees’ sense of smell gives them a fighting chance against the deadly parasitic mite, Varroa destructor.

Pathways of Innovation Symposium


Monday 2 September 2019

New Zealand Agriculture 2050 – Pathways of Innovation Symposium is to be held 8–9 December 2019, in Dunedin at the University of Otago. This Symposium is hosted by Agriculture at Otago.

Food Science Alliance signed with Chinese University


Thursday 29 November 2018

The University of Otago has signed an agreement with Jiangnan University in China establishing the ‘Belt & Road’ University Alliance for Food Science and Education (BRUA-FSE).

NZ in Latin America: agriculture and education


Wednesday 23 May 2018

Terry Meikle, NZ's Agricultural Counsellor to Latin America, will be sharing his insights on the opportunities and challenges in the Latin America region in the field of agriculture on Friday, 1 June 2018 at University of Otago, NZ.

New Zealand school children revealing the power of mānuka

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Friday 11 May 2018

Schools and pupils from all over New Zealand are working with the University of Otago and Plant & Food Research to discover what secrets are locked within the wide variety of mānuka around the country – including whether the native plant’s leaf chemistry could provide a natural weed killer.

Protein 2.0: The end of industrial agriculture?


Monday 30 April 2018

Professors Rob Burton & Hugh Campbell presented a CSAFE/Ag at Otago seminar entitled "Protein 2.0: The end of industrial agriculture?" on Tuesday, 8 May at University of Otago.

Ag at Otago and Future Food Network Workshop


Sunday 29 April 2018

Ag at Otago, in collaboration with the Future Food Network, hosted the first of a series of four seminars for undergraduate students on 9 May 2018 at the University of Otago this academic year.

Live, learn and earn in Ireland


Saturday 28 April 2018

Live, learn and earn in Ireland to experience Ireland and the culture in the dairy industry. Contact Ireland Exchange Programme to register interest.

DRL developments

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Friday 27 April 2018

Transitioning from a University research laboratory to a more commercially focused venture, DRL is now taking its deer disease expertise to the much larger dairying industry.

Edible wrapping project attracts interest


Thursday 19 April 2018

Head of Food Science Department, Prof Indrawati Oey, is leading a team from the Food Science and Pharmacology and Toxicology Departments from the University of Otago and AgResearch.  The research is to create edible wrapping created from corn and seafood by-products to provide an eco-friendly alternative to plastic in the food and animal feed industries.

'Green' antimicrobials offer a bacterium-specific research

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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Professor Greg Cook spoke to Farmer's Weekly recently about the worldwide antimicrobial resistance problem and its roots in both human healthcare and livestock productivity

NZ's plants may give us unique advantages

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Wednesday 7 March 2018

Dr Anna Campbell, Executive Committee member of Ag at Otago and Managing Director at Abacusbio, points out the unique advantages of NZ's plants.

Ag at Otago at Southern Field Days 2018


Friday 16 February 2018

Ag at Otago highlighted Innovation in Agriculture from selected University of Otago scientists through a variety of events and opportunities at Waimumu Field Days, 14 – 16 February 2018.

How should new plant varieties be regulated?


Wednesday 24 January 2018

Professor Hugh Campbell, Ag at Otago Executive Committee member, introduced Ag at Otago to OUASSA secondary school teachers on 24 January 2018.   Dr Lynette Brownfield (Biochemistry) then discussed how new plant varieties should be regulated; how do you define genetic modification and whether the process or product should be assessed?

What will be the food of Christmas future?

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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Dr Anna Campbell, Ag at Otago Executive Committee Member and Managing Director of AbacusBio, appears in the ODT newspaper commenting on 'What will be the food of Christmas future?'

OERC and Ag at Otago Symposium

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Thursday 16 November 2017

An Otago Energy Research Centre and Ag at Otago partnered to hold a Colloquium: Decarbonised Agriculture in 2050 on 23 and 24 November 2017.  View for an array of speakers, photos and student prizes.

Associate Professor Richard Macknight awarded 2017 Marsden Funding


Tuesday 7 November 2017

Associate Professor Richard Macknight, Ag at Otago Executive Committee member, received The Royal Society of New Zealand's 2017 Marsden funding (Te Pūtea Rangahau A Marsden).  Associate Professor Macknight aims to investigate the importance of a type of translational regulation controlling plant response to environmental stress.  This knowledge will be used to develop crops with increased resilience to drought stress.

Professor Oey appointed Distinguished Professor


Thursday 2 November 2017

Professor Indrawati Oey, Ag at Otago Executive Committee member and Head of Department of Food Science, University of Otago was appointed as a Distinguished Professor of Institute of Food Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS).

Cook team wins Otago Research Group Award


Thursday 19 October 2017

A world-leading team of microbiologists, led by Professor Greg Cook whose work on a novel way to fight TB infections, has been selected as the recipient of the University of Otago's latest Research Group Award.

Beef and LambNZ visit Ag at Otago


Thursday 17 August 2017

Beef and LambNZ visited Ag at Otago, University of Otago, to hear presentations from the Ag at Otago Executive Management Committee on agricultural innovation.

RSNZ Competition


Thursday 17 August 2017

The Royal Society of New Zealand celebrated its 150 years and hosted a research competition to showcase NZ research to the world using video. There were $10,000 prizes open to NZ based students and researchers who were within 10 years post-PhD in science or humanities.

Signs of a power switch


Monday 31 July 2017

Emeritus Professor Colin Campbell-Hunt appeared in an ODT article in July 2017 commenting on both international diplomacy and new research giving cause for cautious optimism about the prospect of progress on addressing climate change.

Big data is always hungry for more

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Thursday 29 June 2017

Dr Anna Campbell, Ag at Otago Executive Committee member and managing Director of AbacusBio Ltd appears in the Otago Daily Times commenting on how important data collection will be in the future.

Disease testing advance ready

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Friday 16 June 2017

Otago-based Disease Research Ltd enable dairy farmers to access further information about Bovine Viral Diarrhoea and Johne’s disease from their herd testing.

Ag at Otago exhibited at Mystery Creek Fieldays


Thursday 25 May 2017

Ag at Otago exhibited at Mystery Creek Fieldays 14 – 17 June 2017.  Topics included animal health and productivity; meat quality; agriculture and energy; poisoning; animal and plant genomics; and chilling injury in kiwifruit.

Light shone on keeping veges fresh


Thursday 11 May 2017

Ag at Otago Research Theme member, Dr Miranda Mirosa, appears in the Otago Daily Times with University of Otago Master of Science student, Francesca Goodman-Smith, shining a light on how to keep vegetables fresher for longer.

University of Otago project aims to re-grow teeth

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Thursday 13 April 2017

Congratulations to Dr Azam Ali and Professor Karl Lyons being awarded Health Research Council funding for a "no drill, no fill" project aiming to develop a biometric system that could potentially trigger remineralisation and regrowth of dental tissues.

Ag at Otago Researchers exhibited in Lab in a Box at Kirwee Fieldays


Monday 3 April 2017

Ag at Otago researchers exhibited in Lab in a Box at Kirwee fieldays during 29 - 31 March 2017.

Topics such as diagnostics in deer, cattle and sheep; identifying the healthiness of vegetables and plants; how flaxseed can add value to primary industry were involved, along with hands on demonstrations.

Biomedical Sciences staff celebrated with awards


Thursday 15 December 2016

A ground-breaking paper on bee fertility, passionate research into the bioarchaeology of children in the past, and outstanding service to the University’s School of Biomedical Sciences were among the achievements celebrated at an awards ceremony yesterday.

Pulsating new idea


Thursday 15 December 2016

Professor Indrawati Oey, Executive Management Committee member of Ag at Otago and Head of Department of Food Science, and Associate Professor David Burritt, Department of Botany, University of Otago appear in the New Zealand Winegrower on 15 December 2016.

Professor Greg Cook and team receive MBIE funding for control of mastitis

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Thursday 20 October 2016

Congratulations to Professor Greg Cook, a Department of Microbiology & Immunology and Agriculture at Otago researcher, and his team who received MBIE funding over three years to develop "next-generation sanitisers for the control of mastitis in the dairy industry".

Agriculture at Otago Committee members appear in Otago Magazine

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Wednesday 19 October 2016

Director, Emeritus Professor Frank Griffin; Associate Professor Richard Macknight; and Dr Anna Campbell (Managing Director of AbacusBio), members of the Executive Management Committee of Agriculture at Otago appear issue 43 of the University of Otago Magazine, Dunedin, NZ.

Strengthening public-private partnership to reduce food losses in the supply chain


Thursday 22 September 2016

Dr Miranda Mirosa served on the Committee of a 5-year APEC funded project ‘Strengthening Public-Private Partnership to Reduce Food Losses’. In 2016 she provided expert consultation on retail and consumer level food waste at a Taiwan meeting (July) and most recently in northern Peru (September).

Agriculture at Otago and AbacusBio three minute thesis competition


Thursday 8 September 2016

Agriculture at Otago and AbacusBio Three Minute Thesis Competition was held on Thursday, 8 September 2016.   The Premier Award was awarded to Michael Collins for 'Epigenetic Reprogramming in Chickens'.  The Innovative Science Award was awarded to Matthew Chisnall for 'The Regulation of Ascorbate (Vitamin C) Levels in Plants' and the Innovative Technology Award was awarded to Natalie Howes for 'You Are What You Eat'.

Agriculture at Otago Researchers Meeting


Wednesday 7 September 2016

Agriculture at Otago Researchers met on 7 September 2016 to discuss the latest education, research initiatives and business opportunities in relation to Agriculture at Otago's research themes of enhancing agricultural productivity, adding value to primary industry products, and sustainable and profitable environmental management.   

Leadership not just about power, graduates told


Monday 22 August 2016

Emeritus Professor Frank Griffin, Director of Agriculture at Otago Research, appears in the Otago Daily Times presenting at an August 2016 University of Otago Graduation Ceremony urging graduates to seek win-win outcomes in the workplace and elsewhere.

Advancing science and business to strengthen global food security

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Thursday 18 August 2016

Dr Anna Campbell, Managing Director at AbacusBio and Executive Management Committee Member of Agriculture at Otago, presented on the topic of "Advancing Science and Business to Strengthen Global Food Security" on Thursday, 18 August 2016.

Maintaining food supply and production from farm to fork


Friday 5 August 2016

Professor Indrawati Oey, Executive Management Committee member of Agriculture at Otago and Head of Department of Food Science, presented at the Department of Botany, University of Otago on the topic of "Maintaining Food Supply and Production from Farm to Fork" on Friday, 5 August 2016.

Science needs politicians, consumers, engineers ...

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Wednesday 13 July 2016

Agriculture at Otago Executive Management Committee Member and Managing Director of AbacusBio, Dr Anna Campbell, appears in the ODT on Wednesday 13 July  2016 commenting on how science plays a role in solving bigger challenges but never in isolation with other disciplines.

Food Integrity Conference 2016

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Wednesday 13 July 2016

Executive Management Committee members of Agriculture at Otago, Indrawati Oey and Anna Campbell, were speakers at the Food Integrity Conference at Auckland University on 13 - 14 July 2016.

Dr Miranda Mirosa identifies food wasted by New Zealanders on Fair Go TVNZ


Wednesday 29 June 2016

Dr Miranda Mirosa, senior lecturer at the Department of Food Science, University of Otago, appeared on the television programme Fair Go, TVNZ, on Wednesday 29 June 2016 identifying how New Zealand families waste food.  Dr Mirosa explained that reducing food waste at its source by buying, cooking and serving less that New Zealand could save thousands in money and carbon emissions.  Dr Mirosa also shared tips on how to re-organise your fridge, clarified definitions of best by and use by dates and even how banana skins can be used in baking.

Fraser Broom, ANZCO PGP FoodPlus, Visits Dunedin


Friday 24 June 2016

Fraser Brown, Senior Manager of the ANZCO PGP called FoodPlus visited Otago University, Dunedin on 24 June 2016 for Agriculture at Otago Researchers to have a unique opportunity to listen, learn and engage in key areas of ANZCO's interest and vision.

New Entity Focuses on Profit and Environment


Monday 20 June 2016

Agriculture at Otago Research Theme appears in the Business News of the Otago Daily Times on 20 June 2016 in an article entitled "New entity focuses on profit and environment".

2016 Proof of Concept grant winners announced


Monday 20 June 2016

An engineered enzyme with the potential to create a simple method of testing for DNA mutations in the field — rather than in a lab — has won the 2016 Otago Innovation Limited Proof of Concept Grant competition.

Today's New Product, Tomorrow's Commodity

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Wednesday 1 June 2016

Dr Anna Campbell appears in the Otago Daily Times on 1 June 2016 commenting on international demand for manuka honey and thoughts for New Zealand landowners evaluating land use in today's market.

Students host food waste banquet


Thursday 12 May 2016

University of Otago food science students held a tasty concept by hosting a food waste banquet in May at Dunedin, NZ.

Theme launch for Agriculture at Otago

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Wednesday 27 April 2016

A Themes launch hosted by the Research Office for Agriculture at Otago was broadcast on Channel 39 News on 13 April 2016.  The Director, Professor Frank Griffin, presented Agriculture at Otago's themes for research excellence. 

Developing crops of the future


Friday 22 April 2016

Associate Professor Richard Macknight was a speaker at the Developing Crops of the Future workshop at Kiama, New South Wales, Australia on 19–21 April 2016.

Inaugural Agriculture at Otago workshop

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Monday 21 March 2016

The Executive Management Committee led discussion at an inaugural workshop on 24 February with enthusiastic attendance of a diverse range of researchers and parties in relation to the Agriculture at Otago themes.