AgResearch to host greenhouse gas research centre
Agriculture Minister David Carter today announced the appointment of
AgResearch, in collaboration with eight other New Zealand research
organisations, as host provider for the new Centre for Agricultural
Greenhouse Gas Research.
The partners are the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium
(PGgRc), DairyNZ, Lincoln and Massey Universities, and Crown Research
Institutes Landcare Research, NIWA, Plant and Food Research and Scion.
"AgResearch was selected to host the new Centre because of its track
record and scientific capability in the areas of agricultural greenhouse
gas research. This will be enhanced by the contributions of its
partnering organisations," says Mr Carter.
"Collectively the group represents almost 95 percent of the research
conducted into agricultural mitigation in New Zealand and it has strong
international links, reflecting New Zealand's leading reputation in this
The Centre, established as part of the Government's Primary Growth
Partnership initiative, will receive funding of $5 million per year for
10 years. It will be physically located on the AgResearch campus in
Palmerston North and across the country at the various partners'
"The Centre for Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research will promote
win-win technologies that reduce emissions, and improve on-farm
efficiency and productivity," says Mr Carter.
"It is clear that agriculture will be part of New Zealand's emissions
reduction efforts, but the sector must have access to effective and
affordable technologies that do not compromise productivity.
"The Government is also currently working on a Global Alliance of
climate change research into agriculture and food production. The
domestic centre will be a key contributor to New Zealand's participation
in the Alliance and its commitment to mitigating the effects of
agricultural greenhouse gases."
About half of New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions come from
agriculture, with methane from ruminant animals the biggest contributor.
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