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Make Soil Organisms Work for You: Mythbusting practices that do and don’t work.

With the recent interest in managing soil organisms and soil “health” in general, some questionable theories and sales claims about products and methodologies have emerged.  Separating the scientifically-proven practices from the sales claims can be tough, but the results are surprisingly simple and refreshing... (more)

100% non-chemical control of Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP) in field crops - FFC research

Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP) had caused a huge amount of strife since its accidental introduction in 2006.  While chemical control is holding the fort, but ideally there would be a non-chemical control.  Research at the FFC over the last two years has found just that, a 100% effective, entirely non-chemical means of TPP control, plus it will keep just about any pest off any field crop... (more)

“Sort and Treat” parasite control for lambs

How would you like to cut the lamb-drench bill in thirds, while at the same time slowing the development of resistant parasites?  A new method to quickly weigh and sort lambs for treatment makes this feasible... (more)

The grape and post collection at the BHU

 Tucked away in a back field of the Biological Husbandry Unit (BHU) at Lincoln University is a remarkable collection of grapes, as well as an interesting assortment of non-tanalised trellis posts.  The BHU is proud to host this genetic library with potential for propagation or even to mine for new traits... (more)

FFC news

The FFC is pleased to announce a growing list of partner institutions both within NZ and globally... (more)