Research Update Archive 2019

Motivation to adhere to exercise may be improved by consumption of New Zealand blackcurrants

Motivation to adhere to exercise may be improved by consumption of New Zealand blackcurrants

22 August 2019

Scientists assess the effects of polyphenolic-rich New Zealand blackcurrant juice consumption one hour prior to exercise

 
Evaluating the potential for genomic selection in interspecific pear

Evaluating the potential for genomic selection in interspecific pear

19 August 2019

Study looks at marker-trait associations and genomic predictions in interspecific pear

 
Pre-fermentative supplementation of fatty acids alters the metabolic activity of wine yeasts

Pre-fermentative supplementation of fatty acids alters the metabolic activity of wine yeasts

15 August 2019

Study looks at the effects of pre-fermentative supplementation of fatty acids on commonly-used wine yeast strains during Sauvignon Blanc fermentation

 
Exploring the dynamics of soil water repellency (SWR)

Exploring the dynamics of soil water repellency (SWR)

12 August 2019

Study identifies key enzymes

 
Exploring the pathology of zebra chip disease

Exploring the pathology of zebra chip disease

9 August 2019

Study purifies protein from disease-causing bacteria Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum

 
Cultivating high value fungi in future tree orchards

Cultivating high value fungi in future tree orchards

31 July 2019

Study assesses feasibility of controlled fungi-plant symbiosis

 
Scientists recommend new methods to reduce risk of shellfish contamination

Scientists recommend new methods to reduce risk of shellfish contamination

29 July 2019

Study looks at pre- and post-harvest interventions used to reduce norovirus in shellfish

 
Helping farmers make better use of recyclable resources on farm

Helping farmers make better use of recyclable resources on farm

24 July 2019

Study evaluates nitrogen supply from dairy shed effluent applied to cropping soils

 
Environmental impacts on plant photosynthetic processes

Environmental impacts on plant photosynthetic processes

17 July 2019

Studies explore the quantitative relationships between photosynthetic processes and environment

 
Assessing the effect of increased droughts on forest communities

Assessing the effect of increased droughts on forest communities

11 July 2019

Scientists explore drought sensitivity and post-drought resilience among dominant tree species

 
“Got your nose!” Studying hoki nasal cartilage may help scientists treat cartilage-related illnesses

“Got your nose!” Studying hoki nasal cartilage may help scientists treat cartilage-related illnesses

9 July 2019

Scientists at Plant & Food Research explore the collagen composition and characteristics from the nasal cartilage of hoki (Macruronus novaezelandiae).

 
Understanding the role of genetic variation in evolution

Understanding the role of genetic variation in evolution

25 June 2019

Plant & Food Research scientists explore the hidden role of structural variation in the genome of New Zealand snapper

 
New model for modelling growth and dry matter partitioning in root crops

New model for modelling growth and dry matter partitioning in root crops

19 June 2019

Study suggests updated carrot model is more widely applicable than existing approaches.

 
Māori perspectives on gene editing technologies

Māori perspectives on gene editing technologies

14 June 2019

Study suggests a dynamic approach to regulation is required in New Zealand.

 
New Zealand blackcurrant extract taken prior to exercise assists exercise recovery and supports immunity

New Zealand blackcurrant extract taken prior to exercise assists exercise recovery and supports immunity

10 June 2019

Study finds consumption of timed anthocyanin-rich extract assists recovery from oxidative stress and maintains neutrophil function.

 
Evaluating prebiotics – factors affecting microbial metabolism

Evaluating prebiotics – factors affecting microbial metabolism

4 June 2019

Study looks at how well a faecal sample can “keep” its bacteria if properly preserved.

 
The effect of irrigation management on pasture yield and nitrogen loss

The effect of irrigation management on pasture yield and nitrogen loss

4 June 2019

Irrigation scenarios reveal the impact of irrigation management practices on a range of soils.

 
Understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating stone cell formation in pear fruit

Understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating stone cell formation in pear fruit

28 May 2019

Study identifies genes that could improve the texture and eating quality of Chinese pears.

 
‘Juice index’ offers potential as a predictive tool for wine composition

‘Juice index’ offers potential as a predictive tool for wine composition

28 May 2019

The ‘juice index’ database is the outcome of a Plant & Food Research-led programme to develop a unique metabolomics database of New Zealand Sauvignon blanc (SB) grape juices and their corresponding wines.

 
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