Story: Agricultural and horticultural research

White clover

White clover

The most important pasture plant in New Zealand is white clover, which can ‘fix’ nitrogen from the atmosphere and release it in the soil to stimulate growth in associated grasses. White clover has been the relatively low-cost basis for pasture production since intensive research into species for New Zealand conditions began in the 1930s. This crop in full flower is being managed for seed production.

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Ross Galbreath, 'Agricultural and horticultural research - Advances in plant science', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2024)

Story by Ross Galbreath, published 24 Nov 2008