Most Recent News
News Snap: Scientists secure seed funding
12 December 2016
Two of Plant & Food Research’s scientists have received research funding in the latest round of the Catalyst Fund – a Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment investment initiative supporting international collaboration in science and innovation that can benefit New Zealand.
Release: Bruce Campbell honoured by Royal Society of New Zealand
24 November 2016
Congratulations to Dr Bruce Campbell, Chief Operating Officer of Plant & Food Research, on being awarded the prestigious Thomson Medal for 2016.
Release: Breakthrough for the bees
22 November 2016
Preliminary results from a pilot study indicate that a breakthrough has been made in the fight against a serious honey bee pathogen.
Release: Familiarity breeds versatility
21 November 2016
New research suggests that familiarity with a particular food or drink increases the perceived suitability of that product for different situations.
News Snap: Plant & Food Research joins Food Valley Society
16 November 2016
Plant & Food Research has become the first New Zealand-based member of the Food Valley Society, an international network of more than 140 organisations focused on innovation in the food sector.
Release: Fonterra wins Innovation in Food & Beverage award
21 October 2016
Fonterra has taken out the top prize for Innovation in Food & Beverage, sponsored by Plant & Food Research, at this year's New Zealand Innovation Awards.
Release: Big future for bright spud
14 October 2016
There is a new bright-skinned beauty in the potato patch that scrubs up well and is set to cause a bit of a stir.
Release: Targeting foods to the Chinese consumer
11 October 2016
A new research programme will look at the factors - attitudes, behaviours and lifestyles - that motivate Chinese consumers to buy foods that improve their health and wellness, allowing New Zealand companies to create new products that appeal to the market
News Snap: Plant & Food Research joins EuroFIR
7 October 2016
Plant & Food Research has become a member of EuroFIR (the European Food Information Resource), an international association that provies a network for organisations involved with food composition information and data.
News Snap: Scientist recognised with Sichuan award
26 September 2016
Mike Manning, a plant disease scientist in Plant & Food Research’s Bioprotection Portfolio, has been honoured with a Tian Fu Friendship Award from the Sichuan Provincial People’s Government in China.
News Snap: Future threats and opportunities for pollinators and pollination
10 August 2016
A research paper co-authored by Plant & Food Research’s pollination and apiculture scientist Dr David Pattemore published in PeerJ has identified the most serious future threats to and opportunities for pollinators and pollination.
Pollinating species provide essential agricultural and ecological services around the globe. Thirty-five percent of global crop production and 85% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to thrive.
News Snap: New Food Safety Research Centre Opened
19 May 2016
Last night Science and Innovation Minister Hon Steven Joyce and Food Safety Minister Hon Jo Goodhew announced the new Food Safety Science and Research Centre at Massey University, Palmerston North.
The virtual centre will promote, co-ordinate, and deliver food safety science and research for New Zealand and was a key recommendation from the Government Inquiry into the Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) Contamination Incident.