Media Release Archive - 2010
Unravelling the secrets of strawberry
27 December 2010
Scientists have unravelled the genetic secret of the strawberry.
New Zealand plant and food science boosted by new joint graduate school
24 November 2010
The University of Auckland and Plant & Food Research have joined together to create the prestigious new Joint Graduate School in Plant and Food Science, the first collaboration of its kind in New Zealand.
Plant & Food Research Named Researcher of the Year by Potatoes New Zealand
22 November 2010
Three of Plant & Food Research systems modellers were named Researcher of the Year at the Potatoes New Zealand Awards Dinner on Friday 19 November.
Plant & Food Research to lead New Zealand research in horticulture and food development
16 November 2010
Minister of Research, Science and Technology, the Hon Dr Wayne Mapp, today released Statements of Core Purpose for each of New Zealand's eight Crown Research Institutes, including Plant & Food Research.
Scientist recognised for contribution to kiwifruit science
11 November 2010
Plant & Food Research scientist Dr Ross Ferguson has been awarded the Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to the scientific knowledge of kiwifruit.
Developing plant derived foods to keep us feeling full
1 November 2010
Discovering how plant foods reduce appetite and keep people feeling fuller for longer is a new Plant & Food Research programme receiving investment from New Zealand food companies and government.
Landing lights for bees - how Snapdragon flowers got their stripes
13 October 2010
Landing lights for bees, or nature's way of inviting bees to sample the nectar and pollen in a flower gives us beautiful flowers often with intricate colour patterns.
Finding the key to Mendel's pea flowers
12 October 2010
Plant & Food Research scientists have helped discover the key to one of biology's most well-known experiments - the gene that controls pea flower colour, used by Mendel in his initial studies of inheritance.
Strong Result for Plant & Food Research
8 October 2010
Plant & Food Research has recorded a strong operating result in its first full financial year of since the Institute was formed through the merger of HortResearch and Crop & Food Research in December 2008.
Plant & Food Research welcomes Government investment in pipfruit breeding
1 October 2010
Minister of Research, Science & Technology, Dr Wayne Mapp announces $21.6 million to accelerate the development of new apple and pear cultivars.
Sequence of apple genome reveals unexpected results
30 August 2010
Analysis of the complete DNA sequence of apple suggests that a major step in evolution of the fruit was caused by a catastrophic environmental event, possibly the same one that killed the dinosaurs.
Government investment recognises wine industry success
19 July 2010
Plant & Food Research to lead six-year Sauvignon Blanc Research programme
Government investment for horticulture and seafood research
12 July 2010
Wine, hops and health-promoting fruit compounds are among the Plant & Food Research science programmes to receive government investment from a $48 million funding round.
Three new kiwifruit cultivars to be commercialised
17 June 2010
Plant & Food Research welcomes the decision by ZESPRI Group Limited to advance three new kiwifruit cultivars into commercial production.
Multi-million investment for new apples and pears
9 June 2010
New Zealand and Australian pipfruit growers have recommitted to a multi-million dollar joint venture to produce new apple and pear cultivars.
Earnings from New Zealand's horticultural industries exceed $6 billion
8 June 2010
New Zealand's horticulture industry has continued to grow, recording its highest ever annual returns last year.
Breathe Easy: A natural fruit compound may help asthma
25 March 2010
A preliminary study by New Zealand company Plant & Food Research shows that natural chemicals from blackcurrants may help breathing in some types of asthma.
Chief Scientist recognised in New Year Honours list
6 January 2010
Plant & Food Research Chief Scientist, Dr Ian Ferguson, was recognised in the 2010 New Years Honours list, being appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to horticultural science.