Media Release Archive - 2019

New Zealand gets first-hand lesson from visiting Brown Marmorated Stink Bug expert

New Zealand gets first-hand lesson from visiting Brown Marmorated Stink Bug expert

15 May 2019

Professor Claudio Ioriatti, a world-renowned expert on BMSB, will visit New Zealand and share useful knowledge from the European BMSB control effort.

 
Biosecurity Trail empowers vistors to protect New Zealand flora

Biosecurity Trail empowers vistors to protect New Zealand flora

14 May 2019

A new walking trail at the Auckland Botanic Gardens gives locals and overseas visitors a chance to learn about New Zealand’s flora as well as the role they play in protecting it.

 
Novel plant architectures and canopy management techniques bear fruit

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

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

"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

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

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

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.

 
Plant & Food Research success in Sustainable Farming Fund latest funding round

Plant & Food Research success in Sustainable Farming Fund latest funding round

30 January 2019

On-farm nitrogen (N) management, reduced use of agrichemicals in onion production, pest management in strawberries, and management of avocado fruit quality are amongst the seven proposals selected for the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Sustainable

 
New nutrient management guidelines for vegetables

New nutrient management guidelines for vegetables

23 January 2019

A new best practice manual will help commercial vegetable growers and consultants make well-informed nutrient management decisions ‒ both financially and environmentally.

 
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