The University of Otago has officially launched thirteen Research Themes that investigate areas of strategic importance to regions, New Zealand and the world. Included in this list is Ag @ Otago, led by Professor Frank Griffin of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
The establishment of new Research Themes signal developing or potential research excellence in areas of strength within the University.
The aim of the Ag @ Otago theme is to develop functional collaborative interactions between University of Otago researchers and the primary production sectors. Outcomes from this research will ensure that New Zealand retains its premier position as a producer of high value chemical free food products in a sustainable environment. The theme will chart new cost-effective systems that align production and profitability with sustainability, in intensive farming systems.
Ag @ Otago brings together a diverse range of Ag-relevant capabilities. The strategy is to enter a well-managed process of dialogue with industry to truly understand industries’ real needs. This will involve an extended collaborative process and the Theme investment is expected to yield tangible benefits by enabling the Research Theme to align its capacity with the needs identified by the Primary Sectors.