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Controlling disease in our newest plant-based sector

Release: Controlling disease in our newest plant-based sector

3 May 2021

Plant & Food Research is looking at ways to diagnose and manage a damaging plant disease affecting the medicinal cannabis industry.

 
Has COVID-19 influenced healthier diet choices?

Research Update: Has COVID-19 influenced healthier diet choices?

30 March 2021

Study looks at positive dietary changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

 
Plant molecular geneticist Dr Susan Gardiner honoured by Royal Society Te Apārangi and International Society for Horticultural Science

Release: Plant molecular geneticist Dr Susan Gardiner honoured by Royal Society Te Apārangi and International Society for Horticultural Science

12 March 2021

Retired Plant & Food Research molecular geneticist Sue Gardiner has received two prestigious accolades in recognition of her outstanding contribution to global horticultural science, which enables New Zealand to be a world leader in international apple an

 
Produce industry launches UN initiative in New Zealand

Release: Produce industry launches UN initiative in New Zealand

10 March 2021

Aotearoa’s $6 billion fresh produce industry today rolls out a localised UN initiative, as it celebrates the launch of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV).

 
Designing diverse plantings to support non-bee and bee pollinators

Research Update: Designing diverse plantings to support non-bee and bee pollinators

3 March 2021

Study finds designed mixed species native plantings benefit crop pollination services

 
New way of sensing becomes commercial reality with Scentian Bio

Release: New way of sensing becomes commercial reality with Scentian Bio

28 January 2021

Unravelling the mystery of how insects smell led to a ground-breaking discovery - a panel of synthesized insect receptors could be used to create a device to smell and taste chemical compounds. Scentian Bio was formed to create a novel technology for comm

 
Pic’s Peanut Butter to trial growing peanuts in Northland

Release: Pic’s Peanut Butter to trial growing peanuts in Northland

26 January 2021

Pic’s Peanut Butter has kicked off a project to look at the feasibility of growing peanuts commercially in Northland, with backing from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

 
Soil Scientists recognised with Leamy Award

Release: Soil Scientists recognised with Leamy Award

10 December 2020

Drs Denis Curtin and Mike Beare have received the Leamy Award from the New Zealand Society of Soil Science.

 
New publication and companion website show worldwide distribution of western honey bee pests and pathogens

Research Update: New publication and companion website show worldwide distribution of western honey bee pests and pathogens

8 December 2020

Knowing the global distribution of honey bee pests and pathogens is key to developing strategies for their control and limiting their further spread.

 
Does irrigation increase the storage of carbon in soil under temperate managed pastures?

Research Update: Does irrigation increase the storage of carbon in soil under temperate managed pastures?

3 September 2020

The results from this study can be used to predict more accurate soil organic carbon cycling under temperate managed pastures.

 
What effects do livestock grazing and tillage have on forage cropping systems?

Research Update: What effects do livestock grazing and tillage have on forage cropping systems?

21 July 2020

Using crop establishment techniques that reduce soil compaction and its adverse effect on nitrogen loss, while supporting overall crop production, is an important consideration for growers.

 
How can agriculture producers in Hawke’s Bay adapt to climate change?

Research Update: How can agriculture producers in Hawke’s Bay adapt to climate change?

15 July 2020

Rural New Zealand communities are especially reliant on agriculture for income, and therefore these communities must make adaptions to climate change to prosper within a healthy social, economic and cultural environment.