Protein Innovation New Zealand, a research consortium aiming to advance meat science for pet care, was launched by AgResearch , Mars and Massey University in Wanganui, New Zealand on May 8, according to an article on www.voxy.co.nz .

The consortium's mission is to better understand the protein interactions and nutritional contributions of raw meat materials and how this knowledge can contribute to the development of highly nutritious petfoods, according to the article.

"The partnership promises further significant benefits in animal and human nutrition as well as in health sectors," said Erica Nicholls, the group manager of investments at New Zealand's Foundation for Research, Science and Technology , a supporter of the partnership.