Soils and land use
Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research is working towards improving both agricultural productivity while mainaining or even improving environmental quality. Some examples of our activities in this space are:
Soil health and resilience project
Our Soil health and resilience project is exploring how a science-based programme around soil health can be made more meaningful and holistic by engaging with a diverse group of stakeholders.
Reducing nitrogen losses from farms
This research programme seeks to investigate and recommend practical changes to farm management practices to reduce soil carbon and nitrogen losses from dairy farms on stony soils.
National soil carbon monitoring
A nationwide baseline soil carbon measurement study across 500 sites for agricultural land.
Regenerative agriculture in New Zealand
Learn more about our activities on regenerative agriculture, which is becoming a driver of transformation for the global food system.
Dung beetles: NZ’s missing link to achieve sustainable pastoral agriculture?
Learn about our research on dung beetles. Does burial in tunnels increase pathogen numbers and nutrient leaching through the soil?