Media Release Archive - 2015
Have your say on bees and pollination
14 December 2015
Plant & Food Research is asking growers and beekeepers to share their current practices and their thoughts on future pollination requirements.
Plant & Food Research awarded HVN grant for kiwifruit health research
2 December 2015
Plant & Food Research has been awarded $1 million over three years from the Ministry of Business & Innovation's High Value Nutrition contestable fund to work with Zespri to research whether kiwifruit can influence blood glucose levels.
Insects as effective as bees for pollination
1 December 2015
Research has found that "non-bee" insects are as important as honey bees in pollinating flowers, a service vital for crop production.
AgroFresh and Plant & Food Research take relationship to a new level
20 November 2015
Two organisations that have worked together in New Zealand for more than 14 years to help grow the apple industry are taking their relationship to a new level in establishing a formal Science, Technology and Business Co-operation Agreement.
Success in the Marsden Funding round
13 November 2015
Plant & Food Research is involved in four projects funded in this year's Marsden Funding round, the most successful Marsden round for the Institute.
Scientist awarded prestigious Fellowship to develop electronic nose
11 November 2015
Dr Colm Carraher, a scientist at Plant & Food Research developing an electronic nose based on insect odorant receptors, has been awarded a Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to further his research.
Plant & Food Research recognised at 2015 AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards
30 October 2015
Plant & Food Research was highly commended in the Drake New Zealand Government category at the 2015 AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards.
Plant & Food Research to lead new research within High-Value-Nutrition National Science Challenge
13 October 2015
Dr Roger Harker will be leading a new research programme to identify consumer trends in New Zealand's key export markets in Asia as part of the $10.9M of research investment announced today by The National Science Challenge High Value Nutrition.
Are microbes the key to geographical differences in wine?
25 September 2015
A new study of six of New Zealand's major wine-growing regions has found that differences in flavour and aroma of wine from different areas may depend more on microbes than was previously thought.
Fresh new partnership announced
18 September 2015
Plant & Food Research is now a member of United Fresh, which has 86 members from across the fresh produce value supply chain.
Innovation key to development of new UHT dairy products
16 September 2015
CEO of Miraka Richard Wyeth has welcomed the collaborative partnership with AgResearch and Plant & Food Research to develop a new family of shelf-stable and healthy whole-food-based beverages that will appeal to high-value segments of Asian markets.
Precision Seafood Harvesting finalist in global Seafood Champion Awards
10 September 2015
The Precision Seafood Harvesting fishing technology has today been announced as a finalist in Seaweb's Seafood Champion Awards at Seafood Expo Asia in Hong Kong.
Native plant shares its secrets
4 September 2015
Scientists have sequenced one of New Zealand's most important indigenous plants and are making the data available to tangata whenua and New Zealand's research community.
New Zealand contributes to fruit fly research
18 August 2015
Scientists from Plant & Food Research are working to protect New Zealand borders from future incursions of the Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) and support control of populations in areas of eastern Australia where it is a major pest of horticultural crops.
New science and technology hub to support seafood industry
23 July 2015
Plant & Food Research has signed an agreement for Port Nelson to develop a purpose-built facility for its seafood research as part of a new collaborative industry hub.
Student receives inaugural $150,000 research scholarship
14 July 2015
Nikolai Macnee has been awarded a $150,000 scholarship from agricultural giant BayWa AG to complete a four year research-based PhD in the field of horticulture.
New Zealand blackcurrants good for the brain
25 June 2015
Research has shown that New Zealand blackcurrants are good for keeping us mentally young and agile, a finding that could have potential in managing the mental decline associated with aging populations, or helping people with brain disorders such as Parkin
$16 million funding for food processing research
24 June 2015
Cutting-edge research in food engineering will be funded in a new programme that brings together engineers and scientists from universities and crown research institutes to improve profits for New Zealand food producers.
Global research team uncover new insights into wild pollinators
19 June 2015
Pollination & apiculture scientist Dr Brad Howlett from New Zealand's Plant & Food Research and an international team of 58 fellow researchers have recently discovered new insights into the value of wild pollinators to crop production.
Plant & Food Research win award for innovative commercial deal
18 June 2015
Plant & Food Research were among the winners last night as the third annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards were announced in Auckland.
Science summer for rangatahi
11 June 2015
Plant & Food Research, in collaboration with Maori organisation Wakatu Incorporation, has received funding from the New Zealand government to engage Maori rangatahi (young Maori) with science.
Plant & Food Research and Te Tumu Paeroa partner to enable economic growth for Maori
10 June 2015
Plant & Food Research and Te Tumu Paeroa: the new Maori Trustee have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which opens doors for Maori landowners to develop their land with the backing of science for new crops and food products.
Promising biological control agents unite to combat Psa
4 May 2015
The battle against the devastating kiwifruit disease Psa is being fought by Plant & Food Research scientists in the Next-Generation Biopesticides research programme.
Horticulture production exceeds $7 billion
24 April 2015
New Zealand's horticultural production has exceeded $7 billion for the first time, according to the latest edition of the industry statistics publication Fresh Facts.
Fighting Nature with Nature
22 April 2015
New research investment aims to examine the sex habits of avocado pest to use the pests' own sex pheromones to disrupt the mating process.
Precision Seafood Harvesting published first results on fish survival
7 April 2015
The first set of results are in from two years of testing on the new Precision Seafood Harvesting method and scientists say already they can see that the survival rates for fish are better than expected.
New funding to support horticultural exports
2 April 2015
Plant & Food Research is pleased to be able to work with partners on three new Sustainable Farming Fund projects.
Karati released in recognition of the late Te Rangi o Kiwa John Morgan
2 April 2015
Around ten thousand Karati (Snapper fingerlings) have been released this morning at Nelson's Haven Inlet in recognition of the late Te Rangi o Kiwa John Morgan of Ngati Rarua and his many decades of contribution to fisheries in Te Tau Ihu.
Li Lairong Horticultural Research Fellowship
19 February 2015
The Li Lairong Fellowship will be awarded on an annual basis to a horticultural scientist from China to undertake a research placement of up to three months at one of Plant & Food Research's 13 sites in New Zealand.