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New seafood research centre opens

Release: New seafood research centre opens

22 May 2017

Hon Dr Nick Smith, MP for Nelson, officially opened the new Nelson Research Centre for Plant & Food Research on Friday 19 May 2017.

 
Throwing ants off the scent

Release: Throwing ants off the scent

12 May 2017

Scientists at Plant & Food Research, B3 (Better Border Biosecurity) and the University of Auckland have been researching Argentine ants to determine how odour and physical cues help them to forage for food.

 
Breeding blue cod brings new possibilities

Release: Breeding blue cod brings new possibilities

4 May 2017

Scientists have managed to successfully breed blue cod for the first time, a milestone that will support the development of a new aquaculture industry for New Zealand.

 
Giving fish oil the laser treatment

Release: Giving fish oil the laser treatment

21 April 2017

Scientists at Plant & Food Research and the University of Otago have laid the foundation for a new quality control method for testing omega-3 and other health-enhancing polyunsaturated fatty acids in soft gel capsules.

 
Competition focuses male wasp

Release: Competition focuses male wasp's mating mind

18 April 2017

Scientists at Plant & Food Research, B3 (Better Border Biosecurity), Scion and the University of Auckland have been studying the 'bedroom' behaviour of the parasitoid wasp Cotesia urabae to better understand the insects' mating activity and preferences.

 
Cleverness comes at a cost: the plight of the brainy bumble bee

Release: Cleverness comes at a cost: the plight of the brainy bumble bee

30 March 2017

Being smart does not necessarily mean you are bringing home the most bacon, if you are a bumble bee at least.

 
Wine research recognised

News Snap: Wine research recognised

27 February 2017

Plant & Food Research scientist Dr Marc Greven has received the 2017 Best Viticulture Paper Award from the American Society of Enology and Viticulture.

 
Scientists secure seed funding

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.

 
Plant & Food Research joins Food Valley Society

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.

 
Plant & Food Research joins EuroFIR

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.

 
Scientist recognised with Sichuan award

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.

 
Future threats and opportunities for pollinators and pollination

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.

 
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