Media Release Archive - 2014

Scientist recognised for soil science contribution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

 
Kiwifruit scientist recognised by global industry

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

 
Partnership to explore mussel research

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.

 
New funding to support high value food exports

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.

 
New Zealand-China collaboration in kiwifruit research

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.

 
High value fungi may offer new industry for NZ

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)

 
Plant & Food Research scientists receive international honours

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

 
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