The AGMARDT Technology Transfer Award of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural & Horticultural Science has been won by Brent Barrett and the AgResearch Pastoral Genomics Research Team. A celebration was held at Grasslands last week when Tony Conner presented the award on behalf of NZIAHS.

This accolade was for embedding the latest tools of plant genomics and genetics in the leading New Zealand seed companies associated with commercial ryegrass and white clover breeding. This has included the development and implementation of new plant breeding decision support systems, genomic selection in ryegrass and clover, phenomics to estimate dry matter accumulation, and pre-breeding for phosphate efficiency and drought tolerance in clovers.

The team included Craig Anderson, Sai Arojju, Mingshu Cao, Tracy Dale, Jim Crush, Marty Faville, Kioumars Ghamkhar, Andrew Griffiths, Angus Heslop, Tony Hilditch, Won Hong, Wajid Hussain, Jeanne Jacobs, Zulfi Jahufer, Anna Larking, Dongwen Luo, Peter Moran, Shirley Nichols, Jessica O’Connor, Lily Ouyang, Jana Schmidt, Prue Taylor, and Mike Trolove; and PhD students Lucy Egan and Grace Ehoche.

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