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Novel plant architectures and canopy management techniques bear fruit

Release: Novel plant architectures and canopy management techniques bear fruit

28 March 2019

Novel plant architectures and new canopy management techniques have nearly doubled the yield of Envy™ apples and improved the quality of Zespri® SunGold Kiwifruit.

 
Right food at the right time is key to restoring our body clock and gut health

Release: Right food at the right time is key to restoring our body clock and gut health

8 March 2019

Eating right is a strategy to control the harmful effects of poor sleep, a common problem in modern society. Fibre-rich foods consumed at the right time may help restore our body clocks by improving our gut microbial balance.

 
"Chemical time capsules" from Captain Cook

Release: "Chemical time capsules" from Captain Cook's voyage matched with modern mānuka

1 March 2019

Robust oil gland linings in historical mānuka samples collected during one of Captain James Cook’s voyages serve as “chemical time capsules”, linking them to modern mānuka varieties, a Plant & Food Research study has found.

 
Gut bacteria adapting to New Zealanders

Release: Gut bacteria adapting to New Zealanders' love of fruit and veg

19 February 2019

The discovery of the first gut bacterium that specialises in breaking down a hard-to-digest substance found in plants suggests that the human gut microbiome is evolving to accommodate our consumption of fibre-rich foods.

 
Global apple & pear breeding programme heats up

Release: Global apple & pear breeding programme heats up

7 February 2019

New, superior tasting apples and pears that can thrive in the planet’s increasingly warm climate will soon be available to fruit growers worldwide.

 
Plant & Food Research establishes base at University of Adelaide

Release: Plant & Food Research establishes base at University of Adelaide

31 January 2019

Plant & Food Research Australia is establishing a base at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus - a move that will boost research and innovation in South Australia’s horticulture and agri-food sectors.

 
Prime Minister of Viet Nam visits Plant & Food Research

News Snap: Prime Minister of Viet Nam visits Plant & Food Research

13 March 2018

His Excellency Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of Viet Nam, visited Plant & Food Research’s Mt Albert Research Centre today as part of a Head of State visit to New Zealand.

 
New funding for intelligent farming research

News Snap: New funding for intelligent farming research

8 February 2018

Plant & Food Research has been successful in the latest round of MBIE’s Catalyst Strategic Fund for joint research partnerships between NZ and the Republic of Korea. The new three-year project will focus on real-time monitoring of plant health, nutritional status and fruit development, a key challenge for intelligent farming and smart harvesting.

 
FAR Researcher of the Year

News Snap: FAR Researcher of the Year

8 December 2017

Agronomist Shane Maley from Plant & Food Research has been named this year's Researcher of the Year by the Foundation for Arable Research.

 
Successful IPO for CropLogic

News Snap: Successful IPO for CropLogic

19 September 2017

CropLogic, a company formed to commercialise a crop decision support tool developed by Plant & Food Research, has successfully undertaken an Initial Public Offering on the Australian Stock Exchange.

 
New Catalyst projects funded

News Snap: New Catalyst projects funded

7 September 2017

Plant & Food Research has received funding for four new projects through the Catalyst Fund: Seeding.

 
Recognition for research on insect pests

News Snap: Recognition for research on insect pests

14 August 2017

Professor Max Suckling is the recipient of the 2017 New Zealand Plant Protection Society Medal, awarded at the Society’s Annual Conference held recently.  

The medal recognises those who have made an exceptional contribution to plant protection, whether through research, education, implementation or leadership.

 
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