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Breeder newsletter May 2021

Welcome to our May 2021 issue

Highlights

AbacusBio announces new MD

AbacusBio expands team to North America

Expanding our Māori science workforce

Potential approaches to reducing methane

The novelty of precision antimicrobials

Contents

Tim Byrne

AbacusBio and the pandemic: reflections and looking ahead

by AbacusBio

In this special message, Tim Byrne, the managing director of AbacusBio International provides an update on the pandemic's impact on our work and our commitments, as we ride out the storm.

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Hannah Farr

New operations manager joins AbacusBio

by AbacusBio

We are pleased to welcome our new operations manager, Hannah Farr, who will be based in our Dunedin office.

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Sharl Liebergreen

AbacusBio announces new MD

by AbacusBio

The AbacusBio Board announces that Sharl Liebergreen will succeed Anna Campbell as Managing Director effective from 1 April 2021. Anna will step down after six successful years as AbacusBio’s MD.

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Richard Green

New chairman appointed to AbacusBio board

by AbacusBio

Richard Green has been named Chairman of AbacusBio, effective from 1 April 2021.

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John Crowley (left) and Kendra Armstrong (right)

AbacusBio expands team to North America

by AbacusBio

In addition to Dunedin, Rotorua, and Edinburgh, we are excited to announce that John Crowley and Kendra Armstrong are now AbacusBio's new representatives for the North American region.

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Shalini Kumar

PhD graduate offers global strength

by AbacusBio

AbacusBio recently welcomed Otago graduate Shalini Kumar, who finished a PhD in neuroendocrinology.

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Food science PhD graduate Jonathan Chua with his primary supervisor Professor Phil Bremer (left) and Head of Department Professor Indrawati Oey (right)

Disability no barrier for PhD graduate

by AbacusBio

AbacusBio content writer Jonathan Chua recently graduated with a PhD at the University of Otago. He shares his story with the Otago Bulletin Board on growing up with a disability and overcoming challenges on his journey at Otago.

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Modelling beehive dynamics for better colony management

by AbacusBio

AbacusBio consultants have been developing a mathematical model to help improve hive management for bee breeders.

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ApproxiMite: Varroa mite forecasting

by AbacusBio

AbacusBio summer intern, Issie Robertson and consultant, Gertje Petersen, have been working on a way to help beekeepers coordinate their mite management efforts regionally without compromising hive site anonymity.

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Potential approaches to reducing methane

by AbacusBio

AbacusBio consultants are working with Methane Mitigation Ventures (MMV) to investigate the potential of reducing methane emissions from cows using Asparagopsis, a red seaweed, and Mootral™, which is a combination of garlic and citrus. The project is being led by Peter Fennessy.

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The novelty of precision antimicrobials

by AbacusBio

AbacusBio's summer intern and part-time content marketer, Josie Cook, has been working with consultant Peter Fennessy on a program that seeks to develop precision antimicrobials.

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Expanding our Māori science workforce

by AbacusBio

AbacusBio research assistant Cherokee Walters was chosen by SING (Summer Internship for Indigenous Genomics) to spend a week in Christchurch, as part of a programme to explore genomic research opportunities and challenges from a Te Ao Māori perspective.

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