Agriculture and horticulture research

Research expertise

Research expertise by animal

Research projects

Facilities

AHC teaching laboratories

Massey's Manawatu campus hosts one of the few multi-discipline teaching laboratories in Australasia. The labs won a Best Practice Award for Innovation at the Association for Tertiary Education Management conference in Australia and were shortlisted for the international UKS-Lab awards.

Dairy 1 farm

Dairy 1 is managed as a profitable, low input, sustainable pasture-based dairy farm with a Once-a-Day (OAD) milking, spring calving system.

Research on the farm comes under the umbrella of 'Project Dairy 1' – research that focuses on the once-a-day seasonal supply low-input system in a sensitive nutrient zone.

Dairy 1 farm

Dame Ella Campbell Herbarium (MPN)

The Dame Ella Campbell Herbarium houses more than 40,000 flora specimens.

The majority of our collection comes from New Zealand, but there are also many specimens from around the world. The majority of our material is from the North Island from the Volcanic Plateau, to Hawke’s Bay and Taranaki and south to Wellington.

Dame Ella Campbell Herbarium (MPN)

Fenix Hyperspectral Imaging System

As part of the "Pioneering to Precision" PGP project with Ravensdown and the Ministry for Primary Industries, Massey University purchased a Fenix Hyperspectral Imaging System (Fenix). This is the only Fenix owned outside of the UK and Europe. Flown in a fixed-wing aircraft, the Fenix obtains images from over 450 wave bands including visible, near, short and infra-red. These form maps of nutrient content and concentration, pasture quality and areas of poor drainage, can identify species and cultivars and is used internationally to determine water quality and algae detection. The Fenix can cover large areas in short periods and enables surveys of previously-inaccessible areas.

Contact Ian Yule

Massey Botanic Gardens

This project is working to expand on Massey’s already expansive campus to create a botanic garden available for research, teaching and to the community across New Zealand and internationally. The garden will generate a wealth of information on restoration methods and the management of rare, threatened and endangered plants from around the world.

Massey Botanic Gardens

Massey Farms

Working with industry and research partners, Massey Farms run research and trials in areas of significance to science, the industry and consumer. There are eight farms as part of the group, including conventional and organic dairy units, sheep, beef and deer breeding units and a mixed enterprise/grazing/cropping unit over 2000 hectares.

Massey Farms

Massey Horticultural Units

The Massey Horticultural Units are Massey University's purpose-built facility to facilitate teaching and research in plant science and production. They are located on the Palmerston North campus.

As well as our students using these facilities for their learning and research, we work closely with industry who use the Units for research and development.

Massey Horticultural Units

Multirotors

Currently the New Zealand Centre for Precision Agriculture has a quadcopter and an octocopter in the fleet. They are equipped with GPS, altitude control, telemetry, position hold and waypoint flying. Both machines were purchased and assembled by Aerobot in Australia and they run the Mikrokopter flight systems, based in Germany. The quadcopter has a maximum payload of 1kg and the octocopter can technically lift 5kg, but for a decent flight time a maximum payload of 2.5-3 kg is more suitable. The quadcopter has a maximum flight range of 250m from the start point whereas the octocopter has the commercial licence GPS and can fly 1000m from the start point.

Contact Matt Irwin

New Zealand Indigenous Flora Seed Bank

The New Zealand Indigenous Flora Seed Bank (NZIFSB) aims to collect the seeds of New Zealand flora, to conserve the biodiversity within New Zealand’s indigenous flora. Seed banking is a recognised conservation strategy to support in-situ conservation efforts.

New Zealand Indigenous Flora Seed Bank

Palynology laboratory

Palynology is the science of pollen. It brings together aspects of geography, earth science, plant biology and ecology.

Massey operates a world-class palynology laboratory for pollen analysis, where we have developed the Classifynder, a holistic automated pollen imaging and classification system.

Palynology laboratory

UX5

The Trimble fixed-wing UX5 is launched via slingshot off a rail and flies on an automated flight path (set by the user). It takes visible or near-infrared photos which are knitted together to create a mosaic of the sampled area. When the flight is completed, the UX5 will land automatically once the cue from the pilot is given. The UX5 is most useful for obtaining clear, accurate images and contours of an area, and for generating 3D imagery. It also provides a very accurate Digital Terrain Model (DTM) of the area. The camera mounts inside the hull of the UX5 and take two photos per second.

Contact Matt Irwin

Departments and staff

Find out more about the departments and staff involved in agriculture and horticulture research at Massey.

Research centres

AL Rae Centre for Genetics and Breeding

The Centre ensures sustained development and application of knowledge in quantitative genetics and breeding to enhance the profitability of New Zealand's primary industries.

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Beef Research Centre

Our aim is to undertake quality research consistent with the needs of the New Zealand Beef Industry and to advance scientific knowledge of beef production, welfare, health and biology.

Beef Research Centre

Centre of Excellence in Farm Business Management

We are dedicated to research that increases the farm business management capability of academics, farmers and those who serve them. The insights gained from in-depth research of challenges, solutions and available tools enhance the understanding of farm business decisions by government, industry, rural professionals and farmers.

Contact Nicola Shadbolt

Centre of Research Excellence in Bio-Protection

Massey is a partner in this national Centre of Research Excellence (CORE). It focuses on fundamental research into natural, sustainable ways of protecting New Zealand from plant pests, diseases and weeds.

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Dairy Research Centre

This Centre consists of scientists, technicians and veterinarians with expertise across a broad range of dairy system and dairy animal research projects. We operate a commercial Farm Services Clinic. We also work with some other milk-producing animals including sheep and goats.

Contact Danny Donaghy

Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre

Massey University's Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre engages in teaching and research on soils, fertilisers and environmental issues in agriculture, horticulture and forestry.

Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre

Geoinformatics Collaboratory

The Geoinformatics Collaboratory is a virtual research centre. It brings together Massey University scientists across disciplines who work with geographic information and conduct research in geoinformatics. The Collaboratory hosts a virtual research environment as a resource for research, education and collaboration in Geoinformatics, providing data sets, virtual seminars and other resources to researchers and students.

Massey Geoinformatics Collaboratory

International Sheep Research Centre

The focus of the Centre is to advance the scientific knowledge of sheep production, husbandry, welfare, health, nutrition, reproduction and biology of sheep.

Contact Steve Morris

Joint Graduate School of Horticulture and Food Enterprise

Massey University and Plant & Food Research have jointly created this graduate school to offer students world class learning and research opportunities. Massey's teaching and research expertise is complemented by Plant & Food Research's focus on delivering for industry. Staff work together on research and in teaching.

Joint Graduate School of Horticulture and Food Enterprise

Massey Agritech Partnership

The Partnership is focused on working with industry on research and development to provide relevant, leading-edge agricultural and horticultural technology. We have an active postgraduate student programme and provide site-specific consultancy.

Contact Ian Yule

Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory

Our research seeks to understand the molecular basis of plant-pathogen interactions so that we can better inform disease resistance breeding programmes in crop and tree species of relevance to New Zealand.

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New Zealand Centre for Precision Agriculture

New Zealand Centre for Precision Agriculture (NZCPA) creates practical land management solutions through the use of leading-edge precision technology tools. Whether you are an individual farmer or a large corporation or government agency, we offer relevant, leading research and site-specific consultancy to help enhance the economic and environmental performance of your land.

NZCPA

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