Media Release Archive - 2014
Scientist recognised for soil science contribution
9 December 2014
Congratulations to Dr Brent Clothier who has been awarded the Grange Medal for Outstanding Service to New Zealand soil science.
Forging new links with China
25 November 2014
President Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, launched the China-New Zealand Joint Laboratory for Kiwifruit Research at an event in Auckland.
Crowdsourcing science to beat Psa
17 November 2014
Scientists are hoping that crowdsourcing knowledge from the international science community will help them find the answer to a lethal kiwifruit disease.
Add some pink to your garden
20 October 2014
Gardeners around the world will soon be able to plant compact pink gentians in their backyards for the first time.
Supreme award for innovation
16 October 2014
Plant & Food Research has been recognised for its innovation, winning the Supreme Innovator Award and the Sustainability & Cleantech category in this year's New Zealand Innovators Awards, for research that will change the way the world fishes.
Plant & Food Research open new 'Hop Lab'
10 October 2014
Plant & Food Research, in partnership with NZ Hops and Chris Little Engineering, have formally opened a new research brewery at the company's Motueka site.
NZ horticultural science helps Kenyan avocado farmers
10 October 2014
Plant & Food Research has recently completed the first year of a five-year project, funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, working with small scale avocado growers in Kenya alongside New Zealand company, Olivado.
Partnership to explore mussel research
22 September 2014
Plant & Food Research and Kono Seafood will be exploring how research and mātauranga Māori can work together to support the development of Greenshell mussel nutraceuticals.
Kiwifruit scientist recognised by global industry
22 September 2014
Dr Mark McNeilage, a scientist at Plant & Food Research, has been recognised for his contribution to the global kiwifruit industry with a Lifetime Achievement Award
New funding to support high value food exports
15 September 2014
Plant & Food Research has received funding for two new projects in the latest government science investment round.
High value fungi may offer new industry for NZ
1 September 2014
Scientists could open up new opportunities for the New Zealand forestry industry following recent research into the cultivation and commercialization of two edible fungi crops: saffron milk cap (Lactarius deliciosus) and Bianchetto truffle (Tuber borchii)
New Zealand-China collaboration in kiwifruit research
1 September 2014
Plant & Food Research will be part of a new collaboration with Chinese scientists to advance research that supports the kiwifruit industry.
Plant & Food Research scientists receive international honours
22 August 2014
Two of Plant & Food Research's most preeminent scientists were awarded one of the highest honours in horticultural science earlier this week, being named Fellows of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS).
Alternative pollinator research aims to safeguard horticulture
14 July 2014
Researchers at Plant & Food Research and the University of Auckland are studying how different insect pollinators work together, and how these communities change with increasing land-use intensity.
New graduate school to support food targets
4 July 2014
A new graduate school is expected to support the Government's target of doubling New Zealand's food exports by 2025 through increased linkages between students and industry.
Kiwi wine researcher's Fulbright award leaves great taste in the mouth
2 July 2014
Plant & Food Research's Emma Sherman was one of the well-deserving recipients last Tuesday as Fulbright New Zealand announced their latest round of Fulbright exchange grantees at their annual awards ceremony at Parliament.
Success for Plant & Food Research's Seafood Team
12 June 2014
Alistair Jerrett and the team involved in the Precision Seafood Harvesting (PSH) programme were one of the night's big winners at the second annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards.
Food data to keep New Zealand healthy
13 May 2014
Health and nutrition professionals, policymakers and people with an interest in food can now access updated nutritional analyses of foods common to the New Zealand diet.
Horticulture now 8% of New Zealand's exports
5 May 2014
Horticultural products now account for 8% of New Zealand's total merchandise exports, according to the latest edition of the industry publication Fresh Facts.
Plant & Food Research expand seafood research capability
2 April 2014
Plant & Food Research's new Maitai Seafood Research Facility was officially opened yesterday by Hon. Dr Nick Smith, MP for Nelson, at a function attended by local officials and more than 130 representatives from both the seafood and science community
Food-for-health Challenge aims to boost NZ exports
1 April 2014
Science & Innovation Minister Steven Joyce announced today that Plant & Food Research is one of five organisations chosen to lead the new High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge.
Natural plant compounds may assist chemotherapy
27 March 2014
Researchers at Plant & Food Research have identified plant compounds present in carrots and parsley that may one day support more effective delivery of chemotherapy treatments.
Purple petunias reveal all
24 March 2014
A team of New Zealand researchers from AgResearch and Plant & Food Research has unlocked an elaborate code to discover how coloured pigments in plants form.
New insect to patrol South Island orchards
18 March 2014
South Island pipfruit growers are enhancing their management options for one of the key pests for the pipfruit industry - the codling moth - with the release of a new biocontrol agent.
Scientist receives international honour
26 February 2014
Dr Ross Ferguson, a scientist at Plant & Food Research, has been awarded one of the highest honours in horticultural science.
Bees needed for science
25 February 2014
Scientists need your help to find out how far a bumblebee species has spread in the lower North Island, so they can develop new ways to help the horticulture industry.
Natural berryfruit ingredients may help asthma
19 February 2014
Research suggests that natural chemicals from some blackcurrant varieties may reduce inflammation and help breathing in some types of asthma.
Wasps hooked on the smell of mussels
18 February 2014
New Zealand green-lipped mussels might hold the key to controlling that dreaded summer insect - the wasp.
Agreement signed with Marrone Bio Innovations
30 January 2014
Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI) and Plant & Food Research announce the signing of a collaborative research agreement. The agreement covers a number of novel bio-active organisms and natural products which Plant & Food Research will provide to MBI for
Introduced insects not such a pest
14 January 2014
Concerns are often raised about the introduction of non-native insects around the world to control weeds, yet a new study suggests there may not be as much evidence for this concern as people perceive.