Media Release Archive - 2018

Scientist wins Syngenta Growth Award for work in sustainable fruit production

Scientist wins Syngenta Growth Award for work in sustainable fruit production

14 December 2018

Plant & Food Research crop protection specialist Dr Jim Walker was amongst a number of industry leaders from New Zealand and Australia to receive the Syngenta Growth Awards in Sydney.

 
New biological control for kiwifruit disease

New biological control for kiwifruit disease

29 November 2018

Kiwifruit growers can now access a new tool to help them combat the bacterial disease Psa – the biocontrol product AureoGold™.

 
300th student starts their summer of science

300th student starts their summer of science

27 November 2018

Plant & Food Research will welcome its 300th summer student this week.

 
Postharvest scientist honoured by NZIAHS

Postharvest scientist honoured by NZIAHS

27 November 2018

Plant & Food Research scientist Dr Jeremy Burdon has been awarded a Fellowship of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science in recognition of his longstanding contributions to postharvest science that supports New Zealand's fresh

 
Plant & Food Research scientists recognised at Science New Zealand Awards

Plant & Food Research scientists recognised at Science New Zealand Awards

9 November 2018

A leading materials scientist, an emerging kiwifruit scientist and a team that develops genetic markers to enable breeders to select elite seedlings, all from Plant & Food Research, were honoured at the Science New Zealand 2018 National Awards at Parliame

 
New projects researching bumblebee learning and snapper biology

New projects researching bumblebee learning and snapper biology

8 November 2018

The biology of bumblebees and snapper are the focus of the new research projects funded by the Marsden Fund.

 
Science in the Darkroom: Unseen science on glass plate negatives from the Plant & Food Research Collection

Science in the Darkroom: Unseen science on glass plate negatives from the Plant & Food Research Collection

7 November 2018

Unseen science on glass plate negatives from the Plant & Food Research collection

 
New Zealand blackcurrants support an active lifestyle

New Zealand blackcurrants support an active lifestyle

25 October 2018

New research is adding to the knowledge that New Zealand blackcurrants are a ‘super fruit’ for those with an active lifestyle.

 
Fish scientist receives early career honour

Fish scientist receives early career honour

18 October 2018

Dr Maren Wellenreuther, a senior scientist at Plant & Food Research, has won this year’s Hamilton Award, the Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Science.

 
First analysis of breast milk nutrient composition of New Zealand mothers from different ethnic groups

First analysis of breast milk nutrient composition of New Zealand mothers from different ethnic groups

8 October 2018

Scientists have investigated the differences in breast milk produced by women from the three main ethnic groups in New Zealand.

 
Scientists recognised for controlling plant disease

Scientists recognised for controlling plant disease

28 September 2018

Two wins for Plant & Food Research at the Kudos Awards - Dr Philip Elmer, a senior scientist in plant pathology and biological control, has been presented with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, while his team was awarded the Kudos Science Trust -

 
Native birds as potential alternative to pesticides

Native birds as potential alternative to pesticides

19 September 2018

A team led by Plant & Food Research will undertake a pilot study this summer to determine if native birds can potentially function as nature’s pest control.

 
Plant & Food Research projects awarded $3 million by MBIE Endeavour Fund 2018

Plant & Food Research projects awarded $3 million by MBIE Endeavour Fund 2018

14 September 2018

Three Plant & Food Research-led projects have been granted $1 million each by the MBIE Endeavour Fund 2018.

 
New leadership team for Plant & Food Research

New leadership team for Plant & Food Research

9 August 2018

Plant & Food Research is pleased to announce a refreshed senior management team following the promotion of David Hughes to CEO and the resignations of two senior leaders after lengthy terms of service.

 
MYBs generate

MYBs generate 'wow factors' in fruits and vegetables

20 July 2018

Novelty and health benefits play a major role in influencing consumers' purchasing decisions and are often controlled in the plant by a family of proteins called MYBs. Understanding how these work could result in new fruits and vegetables on the supermark

 
Plant & Food Research wins two 2018 KiwiNet Awards

Plant & Food Research wins two 2018 KiwiNet Awards

6 July 2018

Plant & Food Research went home with two of the five KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, which celebrate impact from science through successful research commercialisation within New Zealand's universities and Crown Research Institutes.

 
Understanding non-lethal effects of pesticides on honey bees

Understanding non-lethal effects of pesticides on honey bees

4 July 2018

Scientists are developing a new way of studying bees in the laboratory to determine whether pesticides are having a negative effect on their health and behaviour.

 
Almond project expands to three states in Australia

Almond project expands to three states in Australia

27 June 2018

Plant & Food Research Australia's almond research has expanded to Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.

 
Green chemistry project aims to create lipids for nutraceuticals

Green chemistry project aims to create lipids for nutraceuticals

20 June 2018

Nelson research scientist Dr Ivan Kurtovic recieved a $25,000 boost from KiwiNet's Emerging Innovator Programme for a green chemistry project to create specialised lipids for use in nutraceutical and functional food manufacture.

 
Alternative Protein Reports published

Alternative Protein Reports published

1 June 2018

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Plant & Food Research has released their joint report on 'The Evolution of Plant Protein - Assessing Consumer Response'.

 
Three Plant & Food Research finalists in 2018 KiwiNet Awards

Three Plant & Food Research finalists in 2018 KiwiNet Awards

30 May 2018

Three Plant & Food Research innovations and scientists are amongst the 12 stunning finalists selected for the fifth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards.

 
New Zealand horticulture reaches new height at $8.8 billion

New Zealand horticulture reaches new height at $8.8 billion

16 May 2018

New Zealand horticulture had another record breaking year in 2017. The industry was valued at $8.8 billion, up $100 million from 2016, and the total value of exports was close to $5.12 billion, up $14 million from the year before.

 
New Zealand school children revealing the power of manuka

New Zealand school children revealing the power of manuka

11 May 2018

Schools and pupils from all over New Zealand are working with the University of Otago and Plant & Food Research to discover what secrets are locked within the wide variety of manuka around the country including whether the native plant's leaf chemistry

 
Dropped in for fruitless sex

Dropped in for fruitless sex

22 March 2018

A pilot programme by Plant & Food Research to collapse the population of New Zealand's most harmful apple pests, the codling moth, has produced spectacular results.

 
Maori team up with Crown to breed unique berries for global markets

Maori team up with Crown to breed unique berries for global markets

15 March 2018

A joint venture company has been created to breed and develop new unique berry varieties to be marketed exclusively by Maori-owned firm Miro Limited Partnership (Miro).

 
New partnership to drive innovation in perennial fruits

New partnership to drive innovation in perennial fruits

14 March 2018

Agtech solutions company Autogrow and Plant & Food Research today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) confirming their intention to collaborate in the development of protocols to maximise yield and enable continuous production of perennial fruits.

 
Scientists discuss sex-less insects

Scientists discuss sex-less insects

14 March 2018

More than 20 scientists from across the globe will get gather in New Zealand to discuss a new method to stop insect pests reproducing.

 
New Zealand Prime Minister recognises science that saved kiwifruit

New Zealand Prime Minister recognises science that saved kiwifruit

13 February 2018

Plant & Food Research is proud to be the recipient of this years Prime Ministers Science Prize for its rapid response to the vine-killing kiwifruit disease Psa.

 
New Zealand and India building stronger horticultural relationships

New Zealand and India building stronger horticultural relationships

2 February 2018

A new partnership has been announced between New Zealand and the State of Himachal Pradesh under the Himachal Pradesh Horticultural Development Project which targets smallholder farmers in northern India.

 
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