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The PGgRc’s research programme complements research New Zealand Government and NZAGRC research investment, so all parties are working in a coordinated manner.
Research is broad ranging – from microbiology and genomics, through to animal nutrition, genetics and farm systems. The goal is to develop mitigation solutions that will work at a practical, on-farm level, and may also provide an opportunity for other countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Between PGgRc and NZAGRC, there are six areas of research. Each has strategic decision points in their development, so the consortium can concentrate on those opportunities that have the most promise of delivery.

Areas of research
  1. Low-methane animals
  2. Low-methane feeds
  3. Methane vaccine
  4. Methane inhibitors
  5. Reduce nitrous oxide and nitrate leaching
  6. Increasing soil carbon

PGgRc concentrates on the first four areas or research, which are focused on methane reducing technologies.

PGgRc Research Outline

The PGgRc’s research programme addresses four research aims:

  1. Breed low-CH4 emitting ruminants
  2. Identify low-GHG feeds
  3. Develop a vaccine to reduce ruminant CH4 emissions
  4. Identify inhibitors that reduce ruminant CH4 emissions. 

The programme is organised around five research objectives, with objectives 1-4 each directly addressing one of the research aims. Objective 5 coordinates work in the other objectives to ensure the technologies are practical and readily adopted by farmers. This objective also ensures that the technologies are developed to an implementation-ready stage that will attract commercialisation partners for further investment. 

The PGgRc governance board oversees and directs the programme and protects/manages its IP under the PGgRc-NZAGRC collaboration agreement and joint R&D&E strategy. The Board regularly seeks advice from commercialisation, expert science and end-user advisory groups, in collaboration with the NZAGRC steering group, in a consolidated operation with a NZ Inc focus.




New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Conference - 28 March 2017

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:37:07 Z

How will the agricultural sector contribute to New Zealand's commitments tabled in Paris?

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