New funding takes the fight to myrtle rust
20 June 2017
Plant & Food Research and Scion have been successful in the latest round of MBIEs Catalyst Strategic Fund with a project addressing the threat of myrtle rust to New Zealand.
Cracking manuka's genetic code to mitigate myrtle rust
13 June 2017
A nationwide science project that sequenced the manuka genome and is now exploring its genetic diversity may be instrumental in protecting the indigenous plant from the fungal disease myrtle rust.
Fast-tracking health products
26 May 2017
A new collaboration between Anagenix and Plant & Food Research will see health and wellness products based on New Zealand science fast-tracked to the international market.
New Zealand horticulture now worth $8.7 billion
26 May 2017
Produce from the New Zealand horticulture industry is worth $8.7 billion a year, including more than $5 billion of exports, a new record high.
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
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.
Professor Jo Putterill appointed director for Joint Graduate School in Plant & Food Science
11 May 2017
Professor Jo Putterill from the School of Biological Sciences has been appointed as Director of the Joint Graduate School in Plant & Food Science.
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
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'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.