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Aerial robotics add new dynamic to forestry

Aerial imagery, near infrared detection and aerial robotics sound like they belong in a military operation, however these advanced technologies are set to change the dynamics of forest


What will the new water standards mean for forestry?

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.


Choosing the right tree for the job

Forest growers are becoming increasingly aware of the ecosystem services and non-market values that forests provide.


Ginseng adds a layer of possibilities for forestry

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.


GM pine tree research is important for the future

NZBIO supported Scions recent application to ERMA to field test genetically modified pine trees. This application to test genetically modified Pinus radiata is part of Scion’s ongoing work to scientifically assess the commercial potential of new technologies for forestry.


Scion welcomes Taskforce findings

Scion's chairman, Dr Russ Ballard, and Dr Tom Richardson, the Crown Research Institute's chief executive , comment on the report of the CRI Taskforce, released today.


Squeaky-clean shoes for scientists

Over 100 science delegates will converge on Auckland and Rotorua next week for a meeting to discuss micro-organisms whose name means “destroyer of plants”. Hosted by Crown Research Institute Scion, Landcare Research and Auckland Regional Council, the Phytophthora conference has attracted global interest, with representatives from 14 different countries due to attend.


Scion: Pathway to biofuels through forests

Energy from forests is one of New Zealand's best options for producing its own biofuels is the conclusion of Scion's second "Bioenergy Options for New Zealand" report.


Transport fuels from New Zealand biomass a reality

Biofuels generated from New Zealand-grown softwood feedstocks present a feasible, sustainable and environmentally beneficial energy option, say the authors of a report by the New Zealand Lignocellulosic Bioethanol Initiative.


Scion wins MAF contract

Scion has been awarded a MAF contract to measure the carbon footprint of the entire forestry industry supply chain. The year-long project will develop methodologies and tools to help the forestry industry better understand and mitigate its total environmental impact.


New Science

Mobile scanner game changer for forestry management

A small, lightweight mobile laser scanning device is proving a boon for forestry resource management.


Exciting new possibilities for eucalypts

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.


New technologies for improved forest safety

Three new forest harvesting technologies developed by Scion, in conjunction with industry, will help improve workplace safety in forestry.


Satellite imagery aids forest management

Satellite imagery is proving an effective tool that meets forestry management and research needs for cost effective, up-to-date information on the status of forest resources.


Kauri makes economic return

A growth model developed by indigenous forestry specialist, Greg Steward, shows that New Zealand kauri (Agathis australis) has surprisingly good potential as a productive commercial species.


Gorse a potential water pollutant

It's been a thorn in the side of landowners for many years, but now new research from Scion has uncovered another reason to view gorse as a problem weed.


GE trees felled but the science continues


No Environmental Impact from Genetically Modified Research Trees

Results from New Zealand's most comprehensive, independent scientific field trial of genetically modified trees support the argument that GM trees are low-risk and can be safely introduced into the environment, with no negative effects on other organisms.


Productive developments for New Zealand's forests

Scion has developed key soil and environmental indicators which will ensure the sustainability of New Zealand’s forests. Now and for the first time, forest managers can assess and maintain the productivity of their forestry sites.


Scion sheds light on insect control

Most people turn off the lights to keep creepy critters away. But Scion is turning them on. The Crown Research Institute is trialling yellow lighting systems as a means of repelling insects, research which could reduce the need for methyl bromide treatments at wood processing sites.


New Value

Building community awareness of fire risks

Scion’s Rural Fire Research Team has been running hot this past year with the fire research programme again receiving Gold status in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) annual reporting round, one of only 18 awards over 250 contracts.


Doubling forest productivity sustainably

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


Matching science with Maori aspirations

The conclusion of the Waitangi Treaty settlements will see approximately 40 per cent of New Zealand’s planted forests owned by Māori. This provides the opportunity for Māori to contribute significantly to the national economy through forestry.


Fighting rural fires with smartphones

Whenever a fire breaks out, people reach for their phones. Thanks to a smartphone app developed by Scion’s rural fire research team, phones can be used for more than just ringing 111. Fire managers can use their phone to help fight the fire.


Carbon cash could save marginal farms

Cash from carbon makes forestry a much more attractive proposition than livestock farming on poorer hill country according to a collaborative study led by Crown Research Institute Scion for Waikato Regional Council


Scion licenses a revolutionary wood plastic reinforcer

An exciting new technology that produces wood plastic pellets has been developed by Crown Research Institute Scion with the potential to revolutionise the composition of plastics worldwide


Scion Timber Design Studio Award Winners

Scion has announced the winners in the Scion Timber Design Studio Awards. The annual awards, held in conjunction with the University of Auckland School of Architecture.


Wasp Released To Control Gumleaf Skeletoniser

Crown Research Institute Scion has released a parasitic wasp in Auckland Domain to control the gumleaf skeletoniser, a caterpillar that has become a serious pest in Auckland parks.


Free Forestry Conference Puts GIS on the Map

On 6 October, Crown Research Institute Scion is hosting a free conference to raise awareness of how GIS technology can be used to best advantage within the forestry sector.


ArborGen Renews Agreement with Scion

ArborGen, LLC and New Zealand Crown Research Institute Scion have agreed to extend their multi-million dollar partnership in gene discovery and molecular breeding for forest trees.


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