Designing productive landscapes, food for future consumers and sustainable tourism are just three of the big-picture topics featured on Lincoln University’s new research-themed website research.lincoln.ac.nz.
The new website, spun off from the university’s mainstream web presence, caters for a specialist target audience comprising scientists, researchers, local and central government agencies, agribusiness professionals, postgraduate students and the wider agricultural community.
The new site demonstrates the depth of research activities being undertaken at Lincoln University, with a focus on land, food and ecosystems – subjects for which New Zealand’s only land-based university is renowned.
Also showcased on the site are the many groundbreaking agritech solutions that have been developed by the university’s scientists – including the ClearTech® effluent treatment system that is set to save billions of litres of freshwater annually across the dairy farming sector, and a tool for measuring the breeding values of dairy cows that has yielded a 28% reduction in urinary urea nitrogen excreted by cows identified as having low milk urea nitrogen breeding values.
The new site also affords the university a shop window for its commercial testing and analytical services, based on the specific expertise of its researchers. The services on offer to internal and external clients include gene-marker testing to identify superior animals, a biotron facility which enables the study of plant/pest interactions above and below ground within a realistic field environment, and a DNA sequencing and fragment analysis service.
Lincoln University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Edwards said, “Research is at the core of what we do at Lincoln University, and the new website provides a platform for content that both demonstrates the leading-edge work being undertaken by our researchers, as well as offering evidence-based solutions to many of the problems facing our primary producers.
“Our people are dedicated to advancing knowledge for the betterment of society, and they are genuinely excited to have their work publicly promoted and celebrated on the new website.”
The new site also provides a gateway for postgraduate students considering their study options to thoroughly examine all the areas of specialisation on offer at Lincoln and to engage with the university’s teaching and postgraduate community.
Professor Grant Edwards again: “Our postgraduate target audience are looking for research opportunities that best position them to help solve the grand challenges facing the land-based sectors, and in visiting our new website they can gain a good understanding of how our researchers are developing real world solutions for real world communities.”
The new research site also profiles and links to the many partner organisations with which Lincoln University collaborates across various sectors, including agribusiness, land and water, food, beverage, dairy, tourism and environmental management.
The site hosts a searchable database of the collected research publications from Lincoln University’s staff and students.
The site also presents comprehensive biographies of all the participating scientists, along with their publication lists, awards and appointments, fellowships, research interests, teaching activities, collaboration networks, full contact details and much more.
Visitors to the new research website will also find hyperlinks to the university’s social media channels and other online portals.