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Science New Zealand

Welcome to Science New Zealand. It represents the seven Crown Research Institutes: the power of 3,600 people advancing ideas and delivering results for New Zealand through excellent science and technology.

Last year, government, business, sectors and communities invested $636 million with the Crown Research Institutes.

From environment to trade, agriculture to manufacturing, in niche technologies and with leading edge science, the Crown Research Institutes identify, respond to and solve science-based challenges affecting our lives today and tomorrow.

Throughout New Zealand and across the globe, their ideas, insights and connections are shaping new thinking and practical action.

Discover their stories, the results and the possibilities. The snippets click to external sites. We try to keep links current for 90 days.

For more on Science New Zealand Inc, the organisation, click here.



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ScienceNZ - The Value of Science Discovery

New Value

Positive result with New Zealand Bee Colony Loss Survey in 2016

Landcare Research's reputation as the leading provider of survey services that gather solid scientifically proven data has been further enhanced with the release of the 2016 Colony Loss Survey of beekeepers.


Forensic Intelligence: increasing the value of science to justice

How can past criminal case data help justice today and in the future? ESR's Forensic Intelligence project is currently developing ways to enhance the value of forensic science to the justice system.


Douglas-fir essential oil a winner in timber design awards

Scion's Doug Gaunt, who sat on the judging panel, said the oil project had a close alignment with Scion's strategy to use as much of each tree as possible, not just the wood.


Calling all citizen scientists

A smartphone app has been developed to give the public a new way to report sightings of eucalyptus pests.


Massive mudslides in Kaikōura Canyon destroy seabed life

Huge mudslides from November's earthquakes have wiped out all organisms living in the seabed of the Kaikoura Canyon.


Environmental radiation monitoring in Hong Kong

Proton beams are used for cancer treatment like traditional irradiation facilities. Their advantage is that they can be focused with greater accuracy and therefore cause less side effects for patients


Novel approach wins research funding

Engineered water systems including plumbing, drinking-water, water tanks, spas and cooling towers, are known to harbour Legionella pneumophila which can cause severe pneumonia (5 –30% death rate)


NZ to benefit from new science links to China

AgResearch intends to form a joint international research centre with China's largest state-owned food company and largest university research department specialising in food science and nutrition.


Real-Time Identification of Designer Drugs

With internet access widening the scope of drug sources, a new threat has emerged over recent years with the introduction of designer drugs


New international science links to benefit New Zealand

New relationships forged between AgResearch and key overseas science organisations will provide a host of valuable opportunities for New Zealand


How do we value forest ecosystem services?

New Zealand’s green image is an integral part of our identity, adding value to both our exports and tourism. Our forests contribute to this image by providing a range of ecosystem services such as habitat, water quality, carbon sequestration, erosion prevention and recreation, the value of which is not well established.


Packaging – more than meets the eye

Scion’s WHITE room can test up to 25 corrugated boxes under accelerated conditions.


Manuka as a tree crop

Kiwis have grown up with mānuka honey and tea tree oil but these humble household items are fast becoming a multi-million dollar forest industry for New Zealand.


New Thinking

Growing sheep milk industry bolstered by science

New research is adding weight to the benefits of sheep milk as New Zealand's industry continues to expand its base and reach to the world.


Port Hills fires: Lessons for the entire country

Planting back quickly and correctly is crucial, writes FIONA CARSWELL, chief scientist at Landcare Research.


Wellington's summer was bad, but not as bad as you think—honest

Summer has officially ended but for Wellingtonians it feels like it's only just getting started. NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll explains what went wrong.


Good for exports, health and environment: a history of apple pest management

A unified goal-driven sector with a responsiveness to market demand is credited with the development of a pest management system in New Zealand's apple industry that is the envy of other countries and crop industries.


Hungry helpers beat weeds and save country millions

Waikato dairy and beef farmer Steve Fagan was sceptical, to say the least, when tiny beetles were released on his farm about 25 years ago to control ragwort.


Cultural Heritage Visualisation - Te Rererunga

ESR has worked in partnership with Ngāti Rangitihi and Blue Cube Consulting to create a prototype Cultural Heritage Visualisation platform as a 3D record of marae


Huge savings for economy from humble wasp

AgResearch estimates a humble Irish wasp has saved New Zealand almost half a billion dollars


Wool as a `last line of defence’ for armed forces and emergency services

AgResearch scientists have been putting the heat on wool garments to see what level of fire protection they can provide


Novel microbial seed treatments protect wheat seedlings from insect damage

AgResearch scientists are following promising leads to identify effective environmentally benign microbial seed treatments for use by arable farmers


Containing the spread of hitchhiking pests

The past 50 or so years has seen a dramatic change in the volume, and mode, of international trade. Not only has the volume escalated substantially, but around 90% of it is carried by sea, mostly in containers.


Fuelling a greener economy

A report released recently by the Royal Society of New Zealand calls on New Zealanders to take action against rising greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to curb global warming. New Zealand’s emissions are well above average for developed countries, and steadily rising.


New Science

Zespri's biospife ready for market

Taking a product from the laboratory to market is a challenging process. But after a long journey, the biobased and industrially compostable version of Zespri’s iconic spoon-knife, the biospife, is now ready for use. Following many rounds of testing and development, Zespri has 150,000 biospifes ready for kiwifruit lovers all over the world to cut, scoop and compost.


Study of mutant sheep provides exciting new opportunities

Research into "mutant" sheep has AgResearch scientists eyeing up a greater understanding of what makes human hair curly or straight, and the potential for innovative new wool products.


ESR's MinION hard at work!

The MinION is a breakthrough portable DNA sequencer produced by Oxford Nanopore.


Smoke gets in your eyes

Smoke from wildfires can have a serious health impact for some members of the public, even if they are far away from the flames. Scion science is supporting the response to the Port Hills fire burning in Canterbury.


Smart Ideas Fund for new DNA tracer

A new project is underway to develop a new environmentally safe tool for simultaneously tracking multiple water contamination sources and pathways


Finding sustainable solutions to clean our water

A 3-year project aims to pilot an in-stream woodchip denitrifying bioreactor to remove nitrogen from drainage water on agricultural land


Enhancing forest productivity with soil sciences

Our ability to understand and manage the links between soil properties and forest productivity is being expanded by the “Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future” (GCFF) programme.


Crown Research Institutes

  • AgResearch logo.
  • Plant and Food Research logo.
  • ESR logo. GNS Science logo.
  • Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua logo.
  • NIWA logo.
  • SCION logo.

Crown Agent

  • Callaghan Innovation logo.

Subsidiaries, associates, joint ventures

  • PhytaGro, Inc
  • Biopolymer Network
  • farmax
  • Veritec
  • Prevar
  • BioPacific Ventures
  • Clone International
  • Atlastech
  • Enviro-Mark Solutions
  • Grasslands Innovation
  • VARNZ Ltd
  • Virtual Institute of Statistical Genetics
  • grasslanz
  • EnCoate
  • EcoGene
  • National Land Resource Centre (NLRC)