INDEPENDENT NEWS

Collaboration between AgResearch and Liggins

Published: Tue 5 May 2009 01:28 PM
MEDIA RELEASE
5 May 2009
Collaboration between AgResearch and Liggins Official
In a move to optimise the nutritional and health-giving qualities of foods from pastoral-based sources for human consumption, AgResearch has put the official seal on a collaboration with The University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute, which will maximise research revenues from public good and industry sources.
Known as the Pastoral Food For Human Health Research Centre, the aim of the collaboration is to carry out quality research in human nutrition including determinants of body composition, development and metabolism. It will exploit synergies between the two parties relating to research at the human/animal interface, and will place priority on scientific excellence and a research programme that is informed by, and relevant to, the needs of the pastoral, human health and human nutrition sectors. The type of products targeted include novel ranges of food ingredients that deliver human health benefits, animal feeds, animal welfare products, ethical animal manipulation methods, and smart ways of handling and processing food products. Its ultimate goal is to commercialise the resulting research data.
The Liggins Institute was the first large-scale research institute established by The University of Auckland. It is committed to world-class biomedical and clinical research in areas of major health importance. Professor Peter Gluckman, who is spearheading the collaboration, is one of the Institute’s founding directors and an award-winning expert on how discoveries in biomedical research can be turned into improvements to long-term health.
Commenting on the newly-formed Centre, Dr Jimmy Suttie, AgResearch’s Applied Biotechnologies Group General Manager, says “this Centre formalises a collaboration that has taken place for many years. It allows AgResearch and the Liggins Institute to examine holistically the interface between producing animal-based food, and then using that food for the health and nutrition of humans.”
“The combination of capability in pastoral agriculture and human nutrition, growth and health is unparalleled in New Zealand, and the creation of the Pastoral Food For Human Health Research Centre dovetails neatly with the proposal for AgResearch to amalgamate with Lincoln University, because this new entity will have access to research capability with a wider range of foods,” he added.
Ends

Next in Business, Science, and Tech

National Backs Businesses With $10k JobStart
By: New Zealand National Party
Government Exempts Some Home Improvements From Costly Consents
By: New Zealand Government
The New Zealand Herald Named Newspaper Of The Year, Website Of The Year At Voyager Media Awards
By: New Zealand Media and Entertainment
ASB Takes The Lead Again With New Low Home Loan Interest Rate
By: ASB Bank
The Problems With Testing And Case Statistics For Covid-19
By: Nathan Hoturoa Gray
Fletcher Building to lay off 1000 staff in New Zealand
By: RNZ
Driving prompt payments to small businesses
By: New Zealand Government
On Why We Should Legally Protect The Right To Work From Home
By: Gordon Campbell
Thousands Of Kiwis Travelling For Queen’s Birthday Weekend
By: Auckland Airport
Understanding 5G Concerns – Expert Q&A;
By: Science Media Centre
Record Monthly Surplus As Imports Dive
By: Statistics New Zealand
Bar reopening night 'much, much quieter'
By: RNZ
New Zealand’s population passes 5 million
By: Statistics New Zealand
Seven Weeks Of Clearing The Air Provides Huge Benefits: Scientist
By: NIWA
Milestone In Cash Flow Support To SMEs
By: New Zealand Government
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media