ScienceNZ - The Value of Science Discovery
Nominations for the Prime Minister's Science Prizes close on the 4th of August. The five prizes recognise the impact of science on New Zealanders' lives, celebrate the contribution of current scientists and encourage those of the future. To find out
The 2014 Briefing to Incoming Ministers by Science New Zealand provides an overview of the role and purpose of CRIs within the New Zealand science and innovation eco-system. CRIs are two-thirds of the nation's publically-funded science researchers (excluding health and ICT areas); and where businesses choose to spend $3 of every $4 on RS&T they commission externally. There has been significant progress since the 2010 CRI Taskforce. The BIM proposes key issues for Ministerial leadership, as CRIs focus on advancing ideas and delivering results that benefit New Zealand
Some of the tight scheduling pressures around log exports for ports and log marshalling companies have been eased, thanks to Scion’s forest protection scientists.
Bioplastics are a small but rapidly growing niche that currently represents about 1% of the global plastics market. Their use is expected to grow by over 10% per year, with the estimated global market expected to be more than 12 million tonnes per year by 2020.
Planting forests is a long term commitment. Choosing the right trees and management regime requires good site knowledge and a long term perspective about the future value of wood. It also requires a better understanding of what constitutes quality from a consumer’s perspective.
A multi-disciplinary team of scientists at Scion and other research organisations is embarking on a six year research programme aimed at raising the profitability of current and future commercial forestry
Onions, the third largest vegetable crop in the world, form a bulb in response to lengthening days
Research suggests that compounds in fruits and vegetables help us stay healthy by supporting the natural beneficial microorganisms in our gut
Government’s freshwater reforms aim to balance economic growth with sustainability, and herald a change to the way freshwater is managed. Communities are now responsible for setting the standards for freshwater management within their region, creating the opportunity for forestry growers to be actively involved in the process.
Forest growers are becoming increasingly aware of the ecosystem services and non-market values that forests provide.
Neat rows of netting cloches lined up beneath well pruned radiata pine trees are in sharp contrast to the usual vision of a commercial planted forest block.
A report released by the ESR has found that exposure to PBDEs used in the upholstery of car seats as a flame retardant, is unlikely to cause adverse health effects in infants and toddlers
Scion may, at first glance, seem an unlikely place to house a team of theoretical physicists.
Eucalypts are a promising commercial plantation species. With their strength, hardness and attractive appearance, and in some species, durability, they provide timber for a range of markets from furniture and outdoor uses, to fibre for high quality papers.
An enormous international effort to map the sheep genome has already had very valuable spin-offs for New Zealand agriculture
Research into how a group of growth promoting bacteria help plants cope with environmental stress may have major implications for scientists worldwide trying to piece together the full picture of global warming.