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Community engaged in the fight against insect pests

Release: Community engaged in the fight against insect pests

22 October 2019

A recent study by scientists at Plant & Food Research and the University of Auckland shows strong public support for the use of the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) for controlling codling moth, with 98% of those surveyed in favour.

 
Saving water to help maintain Abu Dhabi forests

Research Update: Saving water to help maintain Abu Dhabi forests

18 October 2019

Study looks at the feasibility of irrigating with tertiary treated sewage effluent to save groundwater reserves in Abu Dhabi

 
How does in vitro rearing affect the morphology of adult bees?

Research Update: How does in vitro rearing affect the morphology of adult bees?

11 October 2019

Study compares health of adult workers reared in vitro with those reared in a hive by their parental colony

 
New techniques could accelerate breeding and innovation

Research Update: New techniques could accelerate breeding and innovation

11 October 2019

Kiwifruit flowering is accelerated using CRISPR/Cas9-mediated editing under rigid containment conditions

 
Modelling the optimal trapping season for fruit fly surveillance

Research Update: Modelling the optimal trapping season for fruit fly surveillance

3 October 2019

Study leads to management recommendations for trap timing

 
Farewell Silent Spring - 50 years of science

News Snap: Farewell Silent Spring - 50 years of science

24 September 2019

The 50-year story of how science has helped the New Zealand apple industry to reduce its pesticide use has been turned into a book. Farewell Silent Spring – the New Zealand Apple Story, written by leading scientist Howard Wearing (ex-Plant & Food Research), tells the story of how a dedicated R&D programme introduced pest monitoring, biological controls and selective chemical use to ensure New Zealand’s apples are pest-free and with no detectable residues, meeting the phytosanitary requirements of markets worldwide.

 
Assessing the biosafety of the Samurai wasp as a biocontrol agent for the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)

Research Update: Assessing the biosafety of the Samurai wasp as a biocontrol agent for the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)

20 September 2019

Lab study looks at the potential host-range of Samurai wasp in New Zealand

 
Study finds protective willows best planted down to stone layer

Research Update: Study finds protective willows best planted down to stone layer

20 September 2019

Measuring the development of the willow root system in different riverbank sediments

 
Scientists discover new class of flavonoids

Release: Scientists discover new class of flavonoids

18 September 2019

Scientists at Plant & Food Research, along with colleagues at Lincoln University and overseas, have recently discovered a brand new class of flavonoid pigments called “auronidins”.

 
Underwater vision technology offers advancement in aquaculture breeding selection

Release: Underwater vision technology offers advancement in aquaculture breeding selection

6 September 2019

Hendrix Genetics and Plant & Food Research have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-develop underwater vision technology for measuring aquaculture breeding stock, using trout as a test case.

 
Plant & Food Research and Compac collaboration honoured at Kiwinet Awards

Release: Plant & Food Research and Compac collaboration honoured at Kiwinet Awards

9 August 2019

A collaboration between Plant & Food Research and Compac, part of TOMRA Food, has won the PwC Commercial Impact Award at the 2019 KiwiNet Awards for the development of world-leading fruit grading and sorting technologies – Compac’s Spectrim™ and Ins

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

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

7 August 2019

Scientists at Plant & Food Research have found that juice from New Zealand blackcurrants consumed prior to exercising could increase motivation to adhere to exercise.

 
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