Newspaper article and video about our plantain study

Starring Aaron Wall –

University of Waikato research officer Aaron Wall holding some of the plantain leaves growing in the trial paddock.

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Soil carbon podcast interview with Sarah’s Country

Louis had an opportunity to speak with Sarah on her podcast “Sarah’s Country” about soil carbon.



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Our latest member

Welcome to Everlyn, our newest member

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Long time connections

One of the wonderful aspects of teaching is seeing former student’s success. Florian Brinkmann came from Germany to undertake Master’s level courses in 2005/2006 and visited while the country with his family. After a number of careers, Flo is now integral in establishing a venture capital fund for sustainable start-ups with a strong ecological impact – Planet A.

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Television appearance

Our work on paddock scale nitrous oxide and carbon balance measurements appeared on

Rural delivery series 15, episode 8 June 6 2020

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New video on soil quality

Alumni Sheree Balvert (Ballance Feartliser) teamed up with Louis to make a short video on soil quality/health.

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Filming with Rural Delivery

Louis, Aaron and Anne went out to Troughton farm to do some filming with Rural Delivery crew, Kirsty and Richard. Photo credit: Anne Wecking

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MMRT marsden funding success made the news!

With Vic Arcus and colleagues Bella Duncan (University of Victoria, Welington) and Liyin Liang (Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research) we were recently successful in obtaining a Marsden grant on temperature response of the biosphere.

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Lovely visit to Kaiate falls with Pa Ropata

Louis, Allycia and Thomas had a wonderful visit to Kaiate falls to look at possible sites for testing DGTs. We were hosted by Pa Ropata (Rob McGowan).


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More MSc submissions!

In further excellent news: Charlotte Roberton and Hannah Dougherty submitted their MSc thesis also.

Charlotte modelled options for reducing nitrate leaching on dairy farms identifying the important role that Plantain in the sward might play.

Hannah used diffusive gradients through thin films (DGT) to determine nitrate removal rates in a denitrifying bioreactor.

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