Media Release Archive - 2017
New CEO announced for Plant & Food Research
20 December 2017
Plant & Food Research is pleased to announce the appointment of David Hughes as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Renewed partnership to boost in kiwifruit
30 November 2017
Zespri welcomes the announcement by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today that it will support a renewed partnership with Zespri to develop new kiwifruit products and breeding technologies.
Climate model gets the measure of myrtle rust
20 November 2017
Myrtle rust never sleeps and, for a while it seems, neither did Plant & Food Research scientist Dr Rob Beresford, who spent the month of June poring through research articles, crunching data and creating mathematical formula to better gauge what the disea
Liverworts would rather be 'red than dead'
6 November 2017
A Plant & Food Research project into the unique way liverworts shield themselves from extreme environments has been awarded funding for ongoing research in the latest round of Marsden Awards.
Success with sandwiches - the bark beetle breeding story
20 October 2017
The key to controlling the pine bark beetle, which continues to devastate thousands of hectares of conifer forests in the Northern Hemisphere, may have been found in a laboratory in Auckland.
New programme promotes profitability and sustainability
20 October 2017
Improving environmental, economic and social outcomes are at the heart of an expansive new sustainability science programme from Plant & Food Research.
More science added to 5+ A Day
4 October 2017
Food scientist Dr Carolyn Lister has been appointed a trustee on the board of the 5+ A Day Charitable Trust.
New tools could secure the future of seafood
27 September 2017
The fishing industry and global fisheries managers need to get on board with the power of genomics to secure the future of seafood, say scientists.
Funding to breed full colour blueberries
27 September 2017
Consumers in the future might be eating a completely new type of blueberry with healthy, colourful flesh, thanks to New Zealand government funding.
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
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
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
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
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
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'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
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
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
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
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'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.
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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'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
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
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
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
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.