Media Release Archive - 2020

James Cook Research Fellowship recipient Dr Kevin Davies to decipher evolution of stress-tolerance of land plants

James Cook Research Fellowship recipient Dr Kevin Davies to decipher evolution of stress-tolerance of land plants

29 October 2020

Plant & Food Research scientist Dr Kevin Davies has been awarded the James Cook Research Fellowship to undertake a study into the evolution of fundamental stress tolerance adaptation of land plants, by comparing mechanisms in hornworts to those of other p

 
Scientists are cracking the code to kiwifruit pollination success using a “digital twin”

Scientists are cracking the code to kiwifruit pollination success using a “digital twin”

27 October 2020

Plant & Food Research scientists and collaborators from the USA have compiled more than 30 years of field-based data from kiwifruit research to create “digital twins” of pollination processes in kiwifruit orchards, and have used these to predict how g

 
New collaborative research agreement locks in a sustainable future for the New Zealand hops industry

New collaborative research agreement locks in a sustainable future for the New Zealand hops industry

23 October 2020

Brewers around the world will be able to access exciting and unique New Zealand hops well into the future, thanks to a new hop breeding partnership.

 
New research to maximise value from seafood resources

New research to maximise value from seafood resources

30 September 2020

Plant & Food Research will be leading a new research programme looking at creating new responsive processing technologies to maximise value for New Zealand, thanks to support from the latest round of MBIE Endeavour Funding.

 
Kiwis want to know what’s in their food

Kiwis want to know what’s in their food

17 September 2020

Navigating the way to good food choices in the shopping aisle can be a challenge. Detailed information about the nutritional value of New Zealand foods, beyond what is available on a food label, has not always been easy to find.

 
Seafood production scientist Maren Wellenreuther wins Thermo Fisher Scientific™ Award

Seafood production scientist Maren Wellenreuther wins Thermo Fisher Scientific™ Award

4 September 2020

Plant & Food Research seafood scientist Dr Maren Wellenreuther has been recognised for her high calibre of molecular biology research in New Zealand at the Queenstown Research Week.

 
$4.7 million in funding for SVS from MPI

$4.7 million in funding for SVS from MPI

3 September 2020

A project to boost vegetable growers’ efforts to care for the health of the environment while supplying fresh, healthy food, has received $4.7 million in government backing from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

 
Plant & Food Research commercialisation champion announced a KiwiNet Award finalist

Plant & Food Research commercialisation champion announced a KiwiNet Award finalist

28 August 2020

A tireless champion for IP management who is passionate about developing others is a finalist in the 2020 KiwiNet Awards.

 
First apple to be launched from Hot Climate Programme

First apple to be launched from Hot Climate Programme

10 July 2020

The first apple tailored specifically for growing in hot climate regions has been released from the New Zealand-Spain collaborative Hot Climate Programme.

 
Plant & Food Research scientist Brent Clothier to be next President of Royal Society Te Apārangi

Plant & Food Research scientist Brent Clothier to be next President of Royal Society Te Apārangi

10 July 2020

Dr Brent Clothier FRSNZ has been appointed President-Elect of the Royal Society Te Aparangi. He will become the first Crown Research Institute scientist to be in the role in more than 30 years

 
It takes a region! Hawke’s Bay community engaged in codling moth research to protect New Zealand apples

It takes a region! Hawke’s Bay community engaged in codling moth research to protect New Zealand apples

9 July 2020

Growing the world’s best apples is a team effort. Plant & Food Research has engaged households in Hawke’s Bay, the heart of New Zealand’s apple industry, in studies that will help create smarter and more sustainable ways to protect the prized fruit

 
A new look and a new perspective

A new look and a new perspective

1 July 2020

From today, Plant & Food Research – Rangahau Ahumāra Kai, will start to look and sound a bit different.

 
Scientist Russell Lowe wins Plant Raiser

Scientist Russell Lowe wins Plant Raiser's Award for developing popular Zespri™ SunGold™ Kiwifruit

15 June 2020

Russell Lowe, respected kiwifruit breeder and scientist at Plant & Food Research, has received the 2020 Plant Raiser's Award by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture for the breeding and selection of 'Zesy002'.

 
Plant & Food Research joins Blue Economy CRC project exploring the use of floating offshore platforms

Plant & Food Research joins Blue Economy CRC project exploring the use of floating offshore platforms

12 June 2020

Plant & Food Research is a participant in a Blue Economy CRC Australia scoping study looking to review state-of-the-art multi-use floating offshore/high energy platform concepts and their application.

 
Could consuming New Zealand blackcurrants be enough to earn an Olympic medal?

Could consuming New Zealand blackcurrants be enough to earn an Olympic medal?

29 May 2020

The news is bright for the New Zealand blackcurrant industry, with a recent meta-analysis study showing that properties in New Zealand blackcurrants can improve sports performance.

 
Plant & Food Research joins forces with Māori groups to conserve taonga fish and plants

Plant & Food Research joins forces with Māori groups to conserve taonga fish and plants

28 May 2020

Scientists at Plant & Food Research will collaborate with Maori groups to develop protocols to preserve reproductive cells for iconic or endangered freshwater fish.

 
New Zealand horticulture exports grow to 6.2 billion

New Zealand horticulture exports grow to 6.2 billion

8 May 2020

New Zealand horticulture exports reached a record breaking $6.2 million in the year ending June 2019 - an increase of $720 million from the previous year.

 
Message to our customers, collaborators and partners regarding the transition to COVID-19 alert Level Three

Message to our customers, collaborators and partners regarding the transition to COVID-19 alert Level Three

28 April 2020

Level Three gives greater scope for commercial operations but maintains stringent criteria for how those operations can be conducted.

 
Science staff on lockdown crowd-source image labeling skills to train machine learning models

Science staff on lockdown crowd-source image labeling skills to train machine learning models

19 April 2020

Like millions of New Zealanders, the majority of Plant & Food Research staff have been self-isolating at home, but it does not stop them from contributing to science, one puppy or kitten image at a time.

 
Message to our customers, collaborators and partners regarding COVID-19

Message to our customers, collaborators and partners regarding COVID-19

31 March 2020

Aotearoa New Zealand is in lockdown and Plant & Food Research is no exception.

 
New Zealand blackcurrants – more than a one-hit wonder for exercise recovery

New Zealand blackcurrants – more than a one-hit wonder for exercise recovery

5 March 2020

It’s further good news for people who exercise regularly. According to a study by scientists at Plant & Food Research, anthocyanin-rich New Zealand blackcurrants provide more than one-off benefits for exercise recovery.

 
Importance of healthy plants celebrated in International Year of Plant Health

Importance of healthy plants celebrated in International Year of Plant Health

19 February 2020

Healthy plants’ contribution to New Zealand’s wellbeing and economic sustainability has been highlighted at the launch of the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) at Parliament tonight.

 
Scientists invent new traps for brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB)

Scientists invent new traps for brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB)

10 February 2020

Scientists looking at how to control a future invasion in New Zealand of brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) have developed new traps that could be used to remove future offspring by attracting and removing males and females.

 
NZ hops can help during fasting

NZ hops can help during fasting

7 February 2020

A new study shows that a New Zealand hop extract can help reduce hunger pangs when using fasting as a way to manage food intake.

 
New partnership to develop bigger, tastier blueberries

New partnership to develop bigger, tastier blueberries

6 February 2020

Consumers across the world may soon be experiencing tastier, fuller-sized blueberries year-round, thanks to a new breeding partnership in blueberries that will bring premium quality berries to customers across the world.

 
Plant & Food Research sponsors inaugural Ahuwhenua Trophy competition for horticulture

Plant & Food Research sponsors inaugural Ahuwhenua Trophy competition for horticulture

5 February 2020

Plant & Food Research is proud to be a Gold sponsor of the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy, Excellence in Māori Horticulture Award 2020.

 
New Zealand joins blueberry genome initiative

New Zealand joins blueberry genome initiative

4 February 2020

Genomics Aotearoa and Plant & Food Research are involved in a US$12.8 million USDA grant to improve fruit quality of blueberry and cranberry.