Media Release Archive - 2018

First analysis of breast milk nutrient composition of New Zealand mothers from different ethnic groups

First analysis of breast milk nutrient composition of New Zealand mothers from different ethnic groups

8 October 2018

Scientists have investigated the differences in breast milk produced by women from the three main ethnic groups in New Zealand.

 
Scientists recognised for controlling plant disease

Scientists recognised for controlling plant disease

28 September 2018

Two wins for Plant & Food Research at the Kudos Awards - Dr Philip Elmer, a senior scientist in plant pathology and biological control, has been presented with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, while his team was awarded the Kudos Science Trust -

 
Native birds as potential alternative to pesticides

Native birds as potential alternative to pesticides

19 September 2018

A team led by Plant & Food Research will undertake a pilot study this summer to determine if native birds can potentially function as nature’s pest control.

 
Plant & Food Research projects awarded $3 million by MBIE Endeavour Fund 2018

Plant & Food Research projects awarded $3 million by MBIE Endeavour Fund 2018

14 September 2018

Three Plant & Food Research-led projects have been granted $1 million each by the MBIE Endeavour Fund 2018.

 
New leadership team for Plant & Food Research

New leadership team for Plant & Food Research

9 August 2018

Plant & Food Research is pleased to announce a refreshed senior management team following the promotion of David Hughes to CEO and the resignations of two senior leaders after lengthy terms of service.

 
MYBs generate

MYBs generate 'wow factors' in fruits and vegetables

20 July 2018

Novelty and health benefits play a major role in influencing consumers' purchasing decisions and are often controlled in the plant by a family of proteins called MYBs. Understanding how these work could result in new fruits and vegetables on the supermark

 
Plant & Food Research wins two 2018 KiwiNet Awards

Plant & Food Research wins two 2018 KiwiNet Awards

6 July 2018

Plant & Food Research went home with two of the five KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, which celebrate impact from science through successful research commercialisation within New Zealand's universities and Crown Research Institutes.

 
Understanding non-lethal effects of pesticides on honey bees

Understanding non-lethal effects of pesticides on honey bees

4 July 2018

Scientists are developing a new way of studying bees in the laboratory to determine whether pesticides are having a negative effect on their health and behaviour.

 
Almond project expands to three states in Australia

Almond project expands to three states in Australia

27 June 2018

Plant & Food Research Australia's almond research has expanded to Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.

 
Green chemistry project aims to create lipids for nutraceuticals

Green chemistry project aims to create lipids for nutraceuticals

20 June 2018

Nelson research scientist Dr Ivan Kurtovic recieved a $25,000 boost from KiwiNet's Emerging Innovator Programme for a green chemistry project to create specialised lipids for use in nutraceutical and functional food manufacture.

 
Alternative Protein Reports published

Alternative Protein Reports published

1 June 2018

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Plant & Food Research has released their joint report on 'The Evolution of Plant Protein - Assessing Consumer Response'.

 
Three Plant & Food Research finalists in 2018 KiwiNet Awards

Three Plant & Food Research finalists in 2018 KiwiNet Awards

30 May 2018

Three Plant & Food Research innovations and scientists are amongst the 12 stunning finalists selected for the fifth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards.

 
New Zealand horticulture reaches new height at $8.8 billion

New Zealand horticulture reaches new height at $8.8 billion

16 May 2018

New Zealand horticulture had another record breaking year in 2017. The industry was valued at $8.8 billion, up $100 million from 2016, and the total value of exports was close to $5.12 billion, up $14 million from the year before.

 
New Zealand school children revealing the power of manuka

New Zealand school children revealing the power of manuka

11 May 2018

Schools and pupils from all over New Zealand are working with the University of Otago and Plant & Food Research to discover what secrets are locked within the wide variety of manuka around the country including whether the native plant's leaf chemistry

 
Dropped in for fruitless sex

Dropped in for fruitless sex

22 March 2018

A pilot programme by Plant & Food Research to collapse the population of New Zealand's most harmful apple pests, the codling moth, has produced spectacular results.

 
Maori team up with Crown to breed unique berries for global markets

Maori team up with Crown to breed unique berries for global markets

15 March 2018

A joint venture company has been created to breed and develop new unique berry varieties to be marketed exclusively by Maori-owned firm Miro Limited Partnership (Miro).

 
New partnership to drive innovation in perennial fruits

New partnership to drive innovation in perennial fruits

14 March 2018

Agtech solutions company Autogrow and Plant & Food Research today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) confirming their intention to collaborate in the development of protocols to maximise yield and enable continuous production of perennial fruits.

 
Scientists discuss sex-less insects

Scientists discuss sex-less insects

14 March 2018

More than 20 scientists from across the globe will get gather in New Zealand to discuss a new method to stop insect pests reproducing.

 
New Zealand Prime Minister recognises science that saved kiwifruit

New Zealand Prime Minister recognises science that saved kiwifruit

13 February 2018

Plant & Food Research is proud to be the recipient of this years Prime Ministers Science Prize for its rapid response to the vine-killing kiwifruit disease Psa.

 
New Zealand and India building stronger horticultural relationships

New Zealand and India building stronger horticultural relationships

2 February 2018

A new partnership has been announced between New Zealand and the State of Himachal Pradesh under the Himachal Pradesh Horticultural Development Project which targets smallholder farmers in northern India.

 
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