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 Welcome to PGgRc

The Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium (PGgRc) exists to provide knowledge and tools for New Zealand farmers, so they can mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector.

The PGgRc is funded by eight New Zealand agricultural sector partners and works in collaboration with the New Zealand Government.  


Reducing New Zealand’s agricultural greenhouse gas emissions: How we are getting there


Reducing the country’s agricultural greenhouse gas emissions is complicated by the sector’s production gains, which have the effect of driving emissions up year-on-year. This brochure explains the trends in emissions, where New Zealand needs to go and the science that is in the pipeline to provide solutions.

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News: NZAGgRc Fact Sheets

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 Z

Together with the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre, PgGRc has produced a series of fact sheets, to help people's understanding of the complexities around greenhouse gas emissions research.

News: Agricultural GHG Research Receives Boost through PGgRc

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 18:02:16 Z

The Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium (PGgRc) has secured funding from the agriculture sector and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to continue research to find tools for mitigating greenhouse gases.

Industry partners have committed $2.3 million and this will be matched by government through MBIE’s Partnership fund over the next seven years. The research work will be lead by AgResearch along with other national and international groups. 

Report: 2007-2012 5 year progress report

Tue, 01 Jan 2013 05:00:00 Z

This report outlines the highlights for the consortium over that period, identifies the targets areas for continued investment and provides a summary of the research areas that the consortium and partners have invested into over that period.
The updated PGgRc science progress report for the period 2007- 2012 can be found here.

Report: 2010 Annual Report

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 05:00:00 Z

This report is the seventh annual report to the Crown on the Research Programme of the Consortium. It details the progress made during a year where significant financial pressure was felt across the New Zealand  livestock sector. Highlights for the year include continual progress in understanding animal variation for methane emissions and the publication of the first Rumen methanogen genome. The full report can be accessed here


News: PGgRc genetic breakthrough may help reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Fri, 29 Jan 2010 17:08:37 Z

Cows, sheep and other ruminant animals produce their methane emissions because of microbes that live in their digestive systems, and the PGgRc funded team has successfully mapped the genetic information of one of the microbes responsible. This discovery will accelerate work altering the methane generation of the organism through vaccine and pharmo-medical interventions.The findings have been published today in noted science journal PLOS One and this makes this ground-breaking research available to the wider scientific community.