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Excited About Velvet Growth

06-12-2007 | webmaster

Some media got excited about velvet after meeting researchers Stephen Haines and Chunyi Li at the open day held recently at AgResearch's Invermay campus at Mosgiel.
Haines and Li have been looking at how a stag manages to grow what is essentially a new body organ each year, a phenomenon unique in the mammalian world, hoping that the understanding might eventually lead to the ability to regrow human tissue. The story made it to the front page of the Otago Daily Times and the NZ Herald. More on this from Shelley Trotter in the latest issue of TDF, due out on 17 December.
Meanwhile, in a deer shed up at the Invermay farm, Jason Archer and Jamie Ward showed the latest in their work on breeding values of Elk/Wapiti, Eva Wiklund presented her work on fast-growing venison, Michael Netzer and Geoff Asher had displays about collaring high-country hinds and the focus farm projects, and Colin Mackintosh and Bryan Thomson had information about Johne's disease.
More than 300 people attended the day, including the AgResearch board. Asked about the day, many visitors said the deer display and truffle research had made the most impression - maybe next time they could put the two together and do a dish!

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