Media Release Archive - 2017

Manuka joins the battle to protect waterways

Manuka joins the battle to protect waterways

15 September 2017

New research indicates planting manuka could reduce the impacts of farming on waterways, as well giving farmers an additional income stream.

 
Plant & Food Research licenses blueberry varieties to T&G

Plant & Food Research licenses blueberry varieties to T&G

1 September 2017

Plant & Food Research has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with T&G Global for a suite of 16 proprietary blueberry varieties in Australia.

 
Plant & Food Research CEO steps down

Plant & Food Research CEO steps down

24 August 2017

Plant & Food Research CEO Peter Landon-Lane has announced that he will step down in 2018 after nine years leading the Crown Research Institute.

 
Avocados could be good for guts

Avocados could be good for guts

21 August 2017

New research shows avocados may be good for gut health, which would be another previously unknown benefit.

 
Apples delivered with a side of biodiversity

Apples delivered with a side of biodiversity

10 August 2017

Most people might assume organic growing methods are better for biodiversity, but a new study by Plant & Food Research scientists shows a different approach can work just as well.

 
Innovation vital to success of horticulture

Innovation vital to success of horticulture

14 July 2017

Innovation will be key to the on-going success of the horticulture industry, says Dr Bruce Campbell, recipient of the 2017 Horticulture New Zealand Industry Service Award.

 
Industry crowns a bee king

Industry crowns a bee king's career

13 July 2017

While queen bees rule in the hive, the latest apiculture industry award has gone to one of the kings of the bee world.

 
Pollination technique could significantly boost macadamia yield

Pollination technique could significantly boost macadamia yield

4 July 2017

Improving macadamia tree yields by more than 50 per cent could be achieved by alternating varieties in rows and increasing pollinators, new research suggests.

 
25 years of science working for New Zealand

25 years of science working for New Zealand

3 July 2017

Twenty-five years ago - on 1 July 1992 - the Government re-shaped the nation's science research organisations into ten Crown Research Institutes.

 
Kiwifruit estimated to generate $6.14 billion by 2030

Kiwifruit estimated to generate $6.14 billion by 2030

28 June 2017

The joint Plant & Food Research - Zespri kiwifruit breeding programme will support a $3.5 billion increase in New Zealand's GDP by 2030 and the creation of 29,000 jobs, according to a new economic report.

 
New funding takes the fight to myrtle rust

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

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.

 
New Zealand horticulture now worth $8.7 billion

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.

 
Fast-tracking health products

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 seafood research centre opens

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

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

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

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

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

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.

 
Cleverness comes at a cost: the plight of the brainy bumble bee

Cleverness comes at a cost: the plight of the brainy bumble bee

30 March 2017

Being smart does not necessarily mean you are bringing home the most bacon, if you are a bumble bee at least.

 
Giving Northland students a taste of horticulture

Giving Northland students a taste of horticulture

28 March 2017

Plant & Food Research and Orangewood Ltd are helping Northland students develop their knowledge of local fruit crops through a new work experience programme, with the aim of increasing local talent in the horticulture workforce.

 
Finding more profit from fodder beet

Finding more profit from fodder beet

20 March 2017

Plant & Food Research scientists are helping growers maximise profitability from fodder beet crops.

 
Good for exports, health and environment: a history of apple pest management

Good for exports, health and environment: a history of apple pest management

6 March 2017

A unified, goal-driven sector with a responsiveness to market demand is credited with the development of a pest management system in New Zealand's apple industry that is the envy of other countries and crop industries.

 
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